SCMA is delighted to announce that Founding Member and noted mediator and author, Kenneth Cloke, will be the Opening Plenary Speaker for our 30th Annual Mediation Conference! Ken is a world-recognized mediator, dialogue facilitator, conflict resolution systems designer, teacher, and has been a pioneer and leader in the field of mediation for almost 40 years.
In his speech, Ken will cover the timely subject matter of his latest book “Politics, Dialogue & the Evolution of Democracy”. As a further benefit to conference attendees, and due to the generous sponsorship of SCMA President Jack Goetz and his company Educational Solutions 4 Change, and SCMA President-Elect and her company the Reddock Law Group, we have a special offer for conference attendees!
The first 100 registrants of this year’s Annual Conference will receive PRIORITY to purchase Ken’s book at 50% off and will have the opportunity to attend Ken’s exclusive book signing during the conference luncheon on Saturday!
To receive this special offer you must:
Be one of the first 100 attendees to register for the 2018 Annual Conference
Once registered, attendees will receive a link from SCMA to go online, reserve and pay the 1/2 price, while supplies last!
We are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the five (5) available seats on the 2018-2019 Board of Directors of the Southern California Mediation Association. The SCMA is seeking candidates that have an interest and/or background in finance, programming and membership.
Service on the SCMA Board will help you grow personally and professionally, gain unique experience, and provide an opportunity to drive the decisions of our organization.
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 Monday, August 27, 2017. Ballots will be sent out to members by September 4, 2018 and the election results will be announced at the Annual Conference on November 2-3, 2018.
We have formed a Nominating Committee to nominate candidates for the five open seats on the board. The Nominating Committee consists of Past President Jason Harper, President-Elect Jack Goetz, President-Elect, Angela Reddock-Wright, and Non Board Members Stacey Lisk and Wendy Forrester.
Nominations should be submitted by email to following:
SCMA Former President, Phyllis Pollack, was kind enough to provide the following Legislative update:
On July 18, 2018, SB 766 was signed by Governor Brown. It enacts new Sections 1297.185-1297.188 to the Code of Civil Procedure. These statutes now allow for attorneys admitted to practice in a foreign jurisdiction (i.e. outside of the United States) who are in good standing to provide legal services in an international commercial arbitration or related conciliation, mediation or alternative dispute resolution proceeding as long as certain conditions are met as set out in the statute. Essentially, the foreign attorney must associate in local counsel who shall actively participate in the matter.
This is an exciting time for the SCMA as our membership reaches record highs and our programing and events continue to expand and are well attended. It is a good time to reflect on the history of our organization. Recently, at the Past President’s Breakfast in April, our SCMA former Presidents shared stories and remembrances of their time in office. This wonderful compilation of stories included many achievements and successes of the SCMA in promoting and supporting mediators in Southern California, but these were tempered by recollections of some challenges that the organization encountered along the way. This dialogue inspired our current President, Dr. Jack R. Goetz, Esq., to lead an initiative with the Communications Committee and key members of our community to draft a history of the SCMA featured in the “About SCMA” section of our website. The new section features the many layered story of the early days of SCMA’s creation to the present day.
The SCMA is excited to announce our new Facebook Group! In an ongoing effort to create a positive community and foster open communication among members, we have a new forum in which members can ask questions, share ideas, post important updates, and network with member colleagues. We will also use it to keep everyone informed of news, announcements, events and more.
This is a “Closed Group” meaning people on Facebook can find and see who’s in it, but only members can see posts.
Because our goal is to create an environment of Mediation and Conflict Resolution Professionals, you will be asked to answer a couple of questions upon requesting to join.