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Author Archive for: Joe Markowitz
About Joe Markowitz
Joe Markowitz is the 2014 President of SCMA. He has been a trial lawyer for more than 30 years, and has conducted mediations for more than 15 years. He has substantial experience in all forms of dispute resolution: litigation, arbitration and mediation; and is well-versed in numerous substantive areas of the law, including employment law, intellectual property, commercial and corporate law, real estate, and bankruptcy.
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Entries by Joe Markowitz
Although I’m looking forward to joining the distinguished ranks of SCMA’s past presidents, I am going to miss the exciting job of leading this organization. It involved more travel that I expected, including an unprecedented four trips to San Diego to support programs we put on there. (Thank you, Hass Sadeghi.) And a few trips […]
In Southern California, we face significant geographical challenges. SCMA purports to serve an area stretching perhaps 50,000 square miles, holding more than 20 million people, and comprising as many as eight metropolitan areas, depending on which ones you count. It’s not only the long distances and heavy traffic that can frustrate efforts to bring people […]
At the ABA Dispute Resolution section spring conference, I attended a talk on mediating discovery disputes, a subject that has been of interest to me for a long time, but which should be more urgent given the difficulty traditional court processes and rules have in managing the continuing explosion of data. As Marian Riedy, who […]
I hope visitors to this website are as excited as I am to see all of the changes we have made here. You have probably already noticed the streamlined . . .
It’s that time of year when much of our membership needs to renew, and those who have not yet joined should consider doing so. For those wondering about the benefits of membership in the premier organization for and about mediation in Southern California, here are some reasons for signing up now: SCMA’s Select a Mediator […]
2013 turned out to be an exciting year for our organization, one so rich with challenges that we titled our fall conference “Crisis and Opportunity.” This coming year, I am looking forward to fresh challenges, and to building on the work many members have done over the last several years to create a stronger organization. […]
SCMA’s Select a Mediator Directory has grown to include over 170 listings. We are working in two directions to improve its usefulness. First, in the course of a planned website upgrade, we plan to make the directory more prominent, and to improve its appearance and functionality. We want the directory to be a more visible […]
Mediators Beyond Borders’ training, Cross Cultural Differences, scheduled for Wednesday May 15th at BHBA in LA, has been cancelled and postponed till Fall 2013. We apologize to all who intended on participating. Please stay tuned for our Fall date.
TOWN HALL MEETING SCHEDULED ON PROPOSED ENDING OF THE LA COURT ADR PROGRAM Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 6 PM Proposed changes to the LASC ADR Program expected by June 2013 have created an uproar in the mediation community. Should the changes be implemented, they will affect the entire justice system, and the mediation program in […]