Thank you to the more than 250 folks who attended the SCMA’s Select-A-Mediator Launch party at the beautiful Sofitel Hotel. The weather was perfect for our outdoor mixer as individual SCMA volunteers demonstrated the directory on iPad’s and laptops. We welcomed old and new SCMA members, numerous ADR leaders, leaders and members of bar associations, and many professionals who use mediation services. The response to the new directory was overwhelmingly positive. We could not have put this event together without the help of an extremely hardworking, diligent crew of SCMA volunteers, Floyd Siegal, Maurice Attie, Guy Mizrahi, Julie Ware, Robyn Weinstein, Jason Harper, Barbara Brown, Shazi Rastegar, Mark Ameli, Joe Markowitz, Hass Sadeghi, Victoria Gray, Sean Judge, Terri Lubaroff, Sara Houghton and our executive director Anne Sawyer. And a huge thank you to all of the past and present members and leaders in our community who spread the word including our local bar association supporters: Beverly Hills Bar, San Fernando Valley Bar, Orange County Bar and the Santa Monica Bar! And a thank-you to Jan Schau for donating two of her books to our raffle.
And now, the news you’ve been waiting for”¦.
The Winner of the iPad mini raffle was: Patrick Martin, Psychiatric Social Worker, LA County Department of Mental Health
And the winner of the 1-year membership to SCMA was: Susan J. Field, Esq., Musick Peeler & Garrett
We are continuing to tweak the Directory with all of the great feedback that has been provided and we urge you to upload your profile if you have not already done so. Be sure to be patient; after you have hit the “Save” button, do not navigate off of the screen until you receive the message that you have successfully updated your profile, otherwise your work will not be saved. We will be hosting a PDS meeting in August to assist members in creating and uploading their profiles as well as marketing tips.
I look forward to seeing you in September, if not sooner, at our next Professional Development Seminar featuring former SCMA President Jan Schau and her fantastic new book, “View From the Middle of the Road: A Mediator’s Perspective on Life, Conflict and Human Interaction”. Also coming up in October will be a PDS on Peer Mediation and of course, Save The Date for our 25th Annual Conference on November 2, 2013 entitled Crisis and Opportunity: Expanding the Field of Conflict Resolution.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Wendy W. Kramer, Esq.
President, Southern CA Mediation Association