PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE February was another fantastic month for SCMA! On February 20th, Mark, Baer, Len Levy and Terra Russell Slavin presented their compelling workshop “Equal Rights for the LGBT Community: The Last Frontier of the Civil Rights Movement,” followed by an equally important workshop “Critical Race Theory: Introduction to the Genre, Intellectual Influences and Emerging […]
Author Archive for: Anne Sawyer
About Anne Sawyer
Anne Sawyer is an independent Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Consultant. In addition her private consultation practice, she is the Executive Director of the Southern California Mediation Association.
Her mission is to foster, support and promote mediators and other neutrals and to further increase peaceful resolution of conflicts. Raising public awareness as to the many values of mediation and increase its use to address a broad variety of public and private disputes in a confidential, safe and empowering process is her passion.
Entries by Anne Sawyer
Lying for the Sake of the Deal (Ethics CLE) Let’s review what is a “bad” versus a “noble” lie and query whether a lie is different or distinguishable from partial truth, puffing, exaggeration, understatement or non-disclosure. Then let’s review and remind ourselves about some of the ethical canons that are supposed to guide our actions […]
Give Peace on #GivingTuesday 12/1 We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On #GivingTuesday, give to share peace building and conflict resolution skills with our schools. Spend Less on Black Friday and give more this Tuesday. A wonderfully […]
November 9, 2015 Dear Trained Facilitators,Thank you to all of you who have been facilitating with us for these Days of Dialogue on the Future of Policing. With your consistent presence and practice, we have conducted over 20 sessions, engaging over 1000 members of the community and law enforcement, with participants ranging in age […]
1925 ~ 2015 “The nature of men and of organized society dictates the maintenance in every field of action of the highest and purest standards of justice and right dealing…It must include sympathy and helpfulness and a willingness to forego self-interest in order to promote the welfare, happiness and contentment of others and the community […]
As summer approaches, things at the SCMA have not slowed down. We have some wonderful programs coming up in the month of June. On June 18, 2015, the SCMA is hosting an MCLE program entitled Solving Ethical Pickles in Family Law, which is geared towards those who mediate divorce and family law disputes. This program is […]
Join the SCMA as we celebrate the 11th Annual Mediation Awareness Week, March 18 – March 25, 2015. Mediation Awareness Week was founded in 2004 by Daniel Ben-Zvi and City Councilmember Wendy Greuel in an effort to raise awareness about the value and importance of mediation in the Los Angeles community. The Week officially begins […]
SCMA & Loyola Law School CCR Present Mediation Confidentiality: Can We Still Rely On It? http://www.scmediation.org/event/scma-loyola-law-school-ccr-present-mediation-confidentiality-can-we-still-rely-on-it/ Recent court decisions as well as an ongoing study by the California Law Review Commission, have raised questions about the scope of mediation confidentiality in California. Our guest panelist of experts, Mary Culbert, Phyllis Pollack and Joe Markowitz, will […]
While schools are a place for learning and development, it can also be a place where teens experience peer conflict. Clashes over rumors, put-downs, social media comments, and the like seem to be an increasing occurrence that lead to showdowns, threats, and worse. In the mind of a teenager, the issues at school are understood […]
A former mentor and professor during my MDR training at the Straus Institute in LA, Jeffrey Krivis, impressed the analogous format and tools of Improvisation that may be applicable in our capacities as Dispute Resolvers. Many Jazz musicians, who are true “improv” artists, feel and know that once the rhythm starts we are compelled to […]