We woke this morning to another terrible tragedy, this time striking our Pepperdine family. While the news is early, and details are few, what is clear is that the lives of many Pepperdine students have been cut tragically short. Our hearts are with Pepperdine in this time of mourning.
Just a few short days ago, Straus Institute Chair Sukhsimranjit Singh spoke to our Conference on the need to make principled stands. We were honored that he stood with us then, and all of us with SCMA stand with Pepperdine today.
For those of us who have the privilege of working with students, we see in them so much promise, so much potential, and imagine all that lies ahead for them. But too many have just lost their tomorrows, their best days. For we who remain, let us recommit ourselves to the mission of peace, humanity, and greater understanding.
In the days ahead, reach out to those you know at Pepperdine. Share with them a silent moment, a tear, a prayer, a memory, or a hope.
We stand with Pepperdine. We grieve together.
– SCMA Family
Thank you to all of the people who either joined or renewed their memberships in the month of September with SCMA!!
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!
Thank you to all of the people who either joined or renewed their memberships in the month of August with SCMA!!
Recently, the Senate approved SB 954 – mediation confidentiality – as most recently amended and sent it to the Assembly for a vote on the bill as amended in the Senate.
On August 21, the Assembly approved SB 954 ( vote- 36- 0) in its current form and ordered it to be engrossed and enrolled. The next step is the Governor’s desk for signature.
For full information, see: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB954
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:
- Secretary Leslie Kushner: email@example.com
- President Jack Goetz: firstname.lastname@example.org
- President-Elect Angela Reddock-Wright: email@example.com
- With copies to Executive Director Anne Sawyer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to contact with any questions.
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.
The full enactment may be found here:
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.
Learn more about SCMA and read the new history here: https://www.scmediation.org/about
We have an amazing 2018 Spring in store for you. As of May 1st, here are some of the key events and activities that you may be interested in!
SCMA Annual Peer Mediation Event
- May 3, 2018
- USC Galen Center
- Register Here
SCMA Annual Employment Institute
- May 19, 2018
- USC Gould School Of Law
- Register Here
2018 Family Mediation Institute
- June 8-9, 2018
- DoubleTree Club by Hilton Orange County Airport
- Learn More Here
SCMA Annual Summer Mixer
- August 9, 2018
- Location TBA
SCMA’s 2018 Conference
- November 2-3, 2018
- Los Angeles
- More info to come