Los Angeles lawyer-mediator Laurel Kaufer said she was immediately hooked when she received a letter from an inmate at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, asking for help. But she knew she couldn’t do it alone.
She called Doug Noll, a full-time mediator in Northern California and an expert in restorative justice, and read him the letter. It was from inmate Susan Russo, who is serving a sentence of life without parole. Read more
Would you like to help educate the next generation of lawyers? USC LAW SCHOOL is looking for volunteer mediators to role-play (in the mediator role) mock mediations of a coal mine disaster case. Students will play the roles of lawyers and clients. The mock mediations will take place Tuesday, November 23rd. Class times are 11:00-12:15 for the first class and 2:50-4:05 for the second class. At least nine mediators (and possibly more) are needed.
Advance pricing for registration at the Annual Fall Conference on November 6th is still available! If you missed the Early Bird sign-up, you can still take advantage of special pricing before the next deadline of October 22nd, 2010.
Registration for SCMA Members between October 1st and October 22nd is $220 and will increase to $300 after the 22nd.
Non-members can register between October 1st and October 22nd for $295. The price will increase to $325 after the 22nd.
More event details, the registration form and easy online payment is available HERE.
This year we are excited to offer more creative opportunities for our sponsors.
First, as before, booth tables on the centrally located main floor will be available for those who wish to actively participate and make those valuable connections; however, we are now providing you with the opportunity to get your name out in a big way by offering a Sponsorship Booklet to be handed out to each attendee, and/or sponsor a break-out session and speak in front of the audience of the session you sponsor, and/or sponsor the lunch or breaks and be Read more
Last week, SCMA unveiled its updated website, featuring a new and improved look and easier navigation. Our team worked diligently, taking each of your comments and concerns into careful consideration. We appreciate your patience and believe you will be impressed by the website and find it worth the wait. We are looking for new articles to feature our members and keep our website active and fresh; so please send in your submissions to our administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. All article submissions are subject to Board approval. We welcome your feedback and comments and look forward working to bring our membership even more to make SCMA work for you! Read more
A recent study of thousands of California litigated cases revealed that many attorneys participate in costly decision error for their clients during mediation; 61% of plaintiffs and 25% of defendants passed on offers in mediation that were better than their adjudicated result (See “Let’s Not Make a Deal,” Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, September, 2008). Parenthetically, before defense counsel shouts for joy over only making Read more
Take advantage of special Early Bird pricing for the Annual Fall Conference on November 6th! Registration and payment can be completed online, via phone, fax or by mail. The Fall Conference Registration page has all the details.