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 […]
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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
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 […]
The Long Beach Bar Association recently approved the creation and implementation of the Long Beach Bar Mediation / Arbitration Panel. The panel is designed to provide low cost mediation / arbitration services for cases pending at the Long Beach Courthouse. The cost for the service is an administrative fee of fifty dollars ($50) plus one […]
ART OF NEGOTIATIONS – DALE ORDAS & HASS SADEGHI September 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | $30/$25/$15 student Join SCMA for a presentation on the latest Negotiation techniques & practical tips for attorneys and dispute resolution practitioners presented by the dynamic duo of Dale Ordas and Hass Sadeghi. The Art of Negotiation will explore various ways […]
SCMA Presented their first breakfast MCLE Program on Friday August 8, 2014 at the Shorebreak Hotel in beautiful Huntington Beach. OCBA ADR Chair and Family Law Mediator Terri Breer presented on family related legal disputes and disputes that involve other special relationships require a different style of mediation and dispute resolution often described as “Second […]
The board has formed a nominating committee to make nominations for the four open slots for the board of directors, as well as the position of president-elect. That committee consists of Joseph Markowitz, Robyn Weinstein, Wendy Kramer, Barbara Brown, and Maurice Attie. The nominating committee expects to announce its nominations before the end of August. […]
Thursday July 17th was SCMA’s Annual Summer Mixer at the Beverly Hills Sofitel. We had fantastic turnout this year with over 120 people in attendance. During the mixer we were able to present our 2014 Spring Mentees with their graduation certificates from our Mentorship Program. Congratulations again to our mentees William Molfetta, Lynn Johnson, Tamara […]
Joining an SCMA committee provides you with a unique opportunity to meet leaders in the Southern California mediation field. Becoming more involved in the organization is an excellent way to enhance your visibility in the mediation community, and offers a platform by which you can increase your network and enhance your practice. Become a thought […]
Excerpt from Susan North’s Acknowledge The Corkscrew Sometimes in a mediation, there arise several issues which the parties will address in a sort of rotation. It’s a curious thing to observe. When one topic becomes too hot or uncomfortable, they move on to one of the others, often until they have made the circuit a […]
SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM ANNE SAWYER: SCMA MEMBER UPDATE It is with great pleasure that I provide updates on some of the exciting improvements going on here at SCMA. We have had much going on behind the scenes that we wanted to let you know about! Website Update/Membership Profiles/Select-A-Mediator Directory We have been making many changes […]