If money were no object, what would an ideal parent-school mediation program look like and why?
Panel of expert mediators:
Michael Evans, Administrative Coordinator of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Neighborhood Justice Program (NJP),
Jason Harper, President of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) and founder of Harper Conflict Resolution, LLC.
Marc Purchin, President of mediation firm, Purchin Consulting.
Dr. Anissa McNeil, Court-Appointed Special Advocate for foster youth and CEO of Education Works Consulting Firm, Inc.
Since 1976, the County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) has served consumers, businesses, and communities through education, advocacy, and complaint resolution. We work every day to educate consumers and small business owners about their rights and responsibilities, mediate disputes, investigate consumer fraud complaints, and enforce Los Angeles County’s minimum wage ordinance. For more information, visit dcba.lacounty.gov
A CALL FOR CANDIDATES
FOR THE 2016-2017
SCMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
I invite you to submit nominations for the five available seats on the 2016-2017 Board of Directors of the Southern California Mediation Association.
Any member of SCMA who will have been a member of the organization for at least one year prior to commencement of the next term is eligible to serve on the Board of Directors. Nominations must be in writing and should be accompanied by a proposed candidate’s statement and photo. The candidate’s statement should be 200 words or less and include the candidate’s background, experience, and the reasons the candidate wishes to serve on the Board. Nominations must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016.
We have formed a Nominating Committee to nominate candidates for the five open seats on the board. The Nominating Committee consists of President Floyd Siegal, President-Elect Jason Harper, Board Member Wendy Forrester, Board Member Victoria Gray, and non-board members: Julie Ware and Marvin Whistler.
Nominations should be submitted by email to Secretary Jack Goetz email@example.com, with copies to President Floyd Siegal at firstname.lastname@example.org and Executive Director Anne Sawyer, at email@example.com. Ballots will be sent out to members by September 15, 2016 and the election results will be announced at the Annual Conference on November 5, 2016.
1. Gene Moscovitch, President, International Academy of Mediators (IAM)
2. Daniel Ben-Zvi, Founder and Chair, Mediation Awareness Week
3. Glenn Barger, President, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, ASCDC – the defense bar
4. Jason Harper, President-Elect, Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA)
5. Paul Koretz, Sponsor, Mediation Awareness Week; LA Councilmember Fifth District
6. Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney
7. Ricardo Echeverria, President-Elect, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, CAALA – the plaintiffs’ trial lawyers bar
8. Shaphan Roberts, Director, City Attorney’s Dispute Resolution Program
9. Paul Kiesel, President, Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
10. Randolph Even, President-Elect, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Jason Harper, President Elect of SCMA represented SCMA at the March 30, 2016, Mediation Awareness ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall where a proclamation supporting mediation was presented.
On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting, Sally Patchen, SCMA Mentee from the 2013 Mentor/Mentee Training, received the William C. Hobbs Award for Outstanding Adult Volunteer for 2016 from the County of Los Angeles.
An experienced mediator, conflict resolution coach, and strategic negotiation consultant with a passion for helping people find amicable and peaceful solutions to their conflicts whether it’s employer/employee, landlord/tenant, family, or community conflicts she takes an unbiased approach and work diligently to find the win-win solution for both parties. Using a transformative framework, focusing on peaceful and meaningful human interaction, she helps her clients create productive and harmonious environments at work and at home.
“My guiding principle regarding mediation is one where everyone is connected, so restoring peace in the community is part of the larger framework of creating a peace-filled world.”
A member of SCMA, Sally will receive this award because she has been a dedicated volunteer to the Civic Mediation Project, Centinela Youth Services, SCMA Education Foundation and many other non-mediation related projects.
Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition, Sally! Thank you for all you do.
Sally can be reached at 879 West 190th Street Ste 400, Gardena, CA 90248; www.winwin-succeed.com Phone: 310.560.1195; Fax: 424.328.0496
Strong emotions are present in every conflict and relationship. In this special 60 minute webinar, Doug Noll will give you 10 tips for managing them so that you can maintain your cool, no matter what.Award-winning lawyer, peacemaker, author, speaker, professor, and trainer Doug Noll brings his accumulated wisdom to you in this special webinar benefiting Mediators Beyond Borders. Doug has been honored as California Lawyer Attorney of the Year, as a Purpose Prize Fellow, and numerous other honors for the breadth and depth of his work in peacemaking, conflict resolution, and negotiation.
Douglas E. Noll, JD, MA
(800) 785-4487 office
(877) 765-1353 fax
(559) 903-2011 cell
SCMA Seminar featured two important Equal Rights presentations: “The LGBT Community – The Last Frontier of the Civil Rights Movement” presented by Mark Baer, Esq, Attorney, Collaborative Divorce Practioner, Mark B. Baer, Inc; Terra Russell Slavin, Deputy Director of Policy. Los angeles LGBT Center, and Leonard S Levy, ESQ Mediator, ADR Services, Inc. The program provided insight for those mediators who may encounter the issues facing those individuals who may have been denied the benefits of marriage, f
aced discrimination in housing, who have been physically or verbally attacked or shamed or in other ways treated without human dignity due to their sexual orientation. The trans gender umbrella of LGBT, also LGBTQIH identifies people who do not match their gender at birth. Items discussed included self identification versus sexual orientation, that s exual orientation isnot a choice , and For those looking for additional information or greater understanding, may want to contact PFLAG or LGBT LA.
The second presentations was “Critical Race Theory: Introduction to the Genre Intellectual Influences and Emerging Issues,” Moderated by Jason Harper and Presented through Skype, by Kim Clark, JD, CSSC, Lucy Jewel, Associate Professor of Law, university of Tennessee and Andrea Smith, Associate Prorfssor University of Riverside.
The program discussed the jurisprudential thought on the subject of racism beginning in the 1980s looking into the question “Why does racism persist?” Why is law ineffective in solving the problem though the law is supposed to be color blind? Professor Jewel discussed racial bias as a frog or giant squid with tentacles everywhere. She explained Critical Rate Theory (CRT) as collaborative counseling, an empathetic listening, engaging clients and actively listening to clients as a humanistic antidote to “thinking law a lawyer” and to the problem of racism itself. Kim Clark talked about Transformation and spirituality, the need for an affirmation of systemic and institutional change and the need to experience justice “in the now.” The spoke to the need to move forward social change and intersectionality of race, gender, disability and class with an eye to understanding Maslow’s Needs Theory at the level of self relaxation and transcendence – the idea that we work to increase wellness for everyone. Theses concepts are found in the “Wisdom Traditions.” She advises that “cultural oppositional practice” starts with inward self criticism whee everyone’s welfare is taken into consideration. Professor Smith shared a story created by Derrick Bell, the first tenured African-American Professor of Law at Harvard Law School largely credited as one of the originators of critical race theory .”Space Traders” is a story the white population in the US “giving up” the black members of the country to space aliens in exchange for wealth, energy and an end to pollution. It also shows the US political establishment facilitating the deal, by passing a public referendum to enable it. This satire provides an opportunity to consider the nature of embedded racism. Which Professor Smith discussed as an ongoing issue we face today.
Watch for other upcoming SCMA Programs. These two programs demonstrate the richness and diversity of social issues that are the focus of our interest in expanding understanding and empathy.
Western Justice Center (WJC) cordially invites you to apply to be a mediation coach for the 2016 Western Justice Center Peer Mediation Invitational.
The Western Justice Center Peer Mediation Invitational is an annual educational workshop and celebration of peer mediators. This special event honors and encourages the dedicated youth who play such an important role in making schools safe for all students. All Los Angeles County schools (public, charter and private) with peer mediation programs are invited to participate.
This year, the invitational takes place Tuesday, February 23, 2015 (elementary and middle schools) from 8:30am to 2:00pm and Wednesday, February 24, 2015 (high schools) from 8:30am to 3:00pm at the Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals courthouse in Pasadena. Coaches are required to be at the Invitational on the day or days they are participating from 8:30am to 12:30pm, and are invited to stay for the whole event.
Participants will gain a deeper understanding of peer mediation and will be able to improve their skills through the unique opportunity to be coached by experienced mediators. The program includes mock mediation sessions, an interactive presentation and a networking session for school chaperones.
The following are the minimum criteria to qualify as a 2016 Western Justice Center Invitational mediation coach: 25 hours of mediation training AND 5 completed mediation cases. Coaches will observe student mock mediations and provide feedback for improvement. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 20, 2016.
(Please note: To ensure that peer mediators are exposed to more than one perspective, WJC assigns two coaches to each group of students.)
Coaches who have coached at the Invitational at least once during the past three years are not required to attend either of the orientation sessions on February 17 (10:00am or 6:30pm) but are welcome to attend. New coaches – and those who have not coached at the Invitational at least once during the past three years – are required to attend one of the orientation sessions. Please click here to access the registration form, or copy and paste the link below into your web browser:
Action Plans To Resolve and Prevent Conflict At The Community Level To Create A Culture of Peace.
The Rotary World Peace Conference will be held in Ontario California January 15- 16, 2016.
This is one of five Rotary International Conferences to be held worldwide this year, and the only one to be held in the western hemisphere. Estimated attendance is at least 3000 from all over the United States. The Conference will bring together experts who have already demonstrated measurable success in community-based efforts to resolve major issues that occur in our personal lives, homes, schools, business, and communities.
Why attend? Connect with leaders from around the world, diverse cultures and occupations. Exchange ideas and share solutions that work. Take home information about proven ideas and new blueprint action plans to address conflict solutions for your community.
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 between 8 and 80. There are many more sessions in the works between now and August 2016.
Please click on the link below to see times and venues, and to register to facilitate for the following dates: Wednesday Nov 18, 2015, LAPD Harbor Division Thursday Dec 3, 2015, LAPD Operations Valley Bureau
Reports from all sessions to date may be viewed and downloaded from www.fututeofpolicing.org. We hope you will take a look to see all the work that you have been doing, and to review survey data, comments, and photos.
Thank you again for your support of Days of Dialogue, and for consistently bringing your positive spirits and your expertise to this process.