Do you have:
A passion for working with youth √
A want to help break the school to prison pipeline √
A want to reform our juvenile justice system √
Consider becoming a volunteer mediator for CYS!
Centinela Youth Services has become the leading agency in restorative justice utilizing an effective system of services and supports to teach youth to peacefully resolve conflicts at home, school and in their community
Through our 44 hour training commitment, you get:
· Basic mediation training plus victim/offender & parent/teen mediations
· Certified as an LA County mediator
· Access to training with mediation experience
· Skills to enhance your own relationships
This interactive workshop is designed to present you with specific tools and techniques to increase your effectiveness as a negotiator. The two days of instruction will be offered through the lens of gender, with an eye towards the most recent research on gender issues in negotiation.
All are welcome to attend.
Limited Enrollment! Register Now!
Registration for Women’s Negotiation Academy is $1,295 (see early discount information below). Governmental and non-profit is $995.00 (no early registration discount.)
West LA – early registration by October 28, 2016, is $1,195.
Registration includes all course materials, a continental breakfast, and lunch both days. Because enrollment will be limited, participants should register early.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds for participants unable to attend will be granted, minus a $150 cancellation fee, no later than 72 hours prior to the program start date. Substitute participants will be allowed to attend in lieu of a refund.
A sentiment echoed in boardrooms, council chambers, classrooms, think-tanks, and social media follows: empowering women is key to solving many of the world’s most challenging problems. And yet, in American businesses, law firms, and courtrooms there is a disconnect. Despite women being half the job market, women earn less, and are represented in top management at a significantly lower rate than men. According to a NALP 2012 study, women constitute just under 20 percent of law firm partnership ranks, with 2.16 percent being minority women. While there are myriad reasons for this disparity, a body of empirical research points to a significant trend; women negotiate differently for themselves than for others.
Who Can Benefit?
The Women in Negotiations Academy is designed to expose both the beginner and the most experienced negotiator to techniques that will increase their effectiveness as a negotiator. While the role plays were designed for women in business and the law, everyone is welcome and can benefit from the tools. Past participants include entertainment executives and lawyers, a mayor and other elected officials, government department directors, partners in law firms, commercial real estate developers, the director of a roller derby team, mediators, and a law student from Moldova! If you have questions about whether this course is right for you, contact the Straus Office at 310.506.4655.
What You Will Learn?
The Academy training curriculum is divided into two days. Day One, Negotiating for Self, explores current negotiation theory through the lens of gender, with an emphasis on fostering your own gender intelligence. We will explore the psychology and cognitive biases that tend to emerge in “gendered negotiations,” with techniques to stay on course. Day Two, Negotiating for Others, is intended to help each participant practice the skills employed by the most effective negotiators with emphasis on negotiating when bias is at the table. Throughout the two days, each participant receives individual coaching from leaders in the Los Angeles legal and mediation community.
How You Will Change?
It is our intention that during the Academy you find, develop, or refine your love of negotiations. Participants report after the Academy they are more confident and more likely to engage in negotiations on their own behalf. They report they leave with good lines, and know what to say in a negotiation. We believe teaching individual women negotiation skills contributes to promoting justice, solving problems, and serving peace. We welcome you to be a part of this.
What previous attendees have said:
“Fantastic – must do!”
“Loved all the information and the presentation. Great teaching skills, information, humor, and insight.”
“I was inspired by the energy and the professionalism.”
Stephanie Bell Blondell
Stephanie Blondell is an assistant professor of law and assistant director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She supervises the Mediation Clinic and teaches Mediation Theory and Practice and Criminal Law. Prior to joining Pepperdine, she served as the manager of the King County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and Inter-Local Conflict Resolution Group, a tri-county labor-management and public policy mediation program in the area around Seattle, Washington. Prior to this she was the alternative dispute resolution coordinator for the City of Seattle where she designed and implemented a labor and employment mediation program for city government. Before joining Straus full-time, Blondell served as an adjunct professor at Straus, the Seattle University School of Law, and the University of Washington master of public administration program. Blondell earned her BA with honors in American civilization from Brown University, and her JD from the University of Washington School of Law.
Denise R. Madigan
Denise R. Madigan has been mediating full-time for over 20 years. She entered the field as associate director for the Harvard-MIT Public Disputes Program in the early 1980s, and after practicing law at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C, joined the pioneering ADR firm, Endispute, Inc., (which later merged with JAMS). The breadth of her practice is extraordinarily broad, and includes complex commercial, entertainment, intellectual property, insurance, mass accidents, public policy and health care, among others. In addition to her full-time mediation practice, Madigan has taught at the Straus Institute since the mid-1990s, and now serves as director of its Public Disputes Project. She also has designed and/or taught hundreds of tailored negotiation and ADR courses for courts, law firms, government agencies, universities, nonprofits and corporations in the United States, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
These activities have been approved for 14 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. Pepperdine University School of Law certifies that the activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing MCLE. Participants from outside of California should submit the California MCLE form to their state bar for approval after the program is completed. Please be sure to sign in each day in the CLE sign-in forms located in the classroom. Straus programs have been accepted for MCLE credit across the nation.
Locations, Times and Hotels
West Los Angeles
Pepperdine University Plaza
6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Classes are conducted between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM.
Parking at the Pepperdine West Los Angeles facility.
This year’s conference will be held at the Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Conflict Resolution in Malibu, California on November 5, 2016.
Established in 1989, the SCMA is the largest and most active mediation organization in California – and among the largest in the country. For almost 30 years, we have sought some of the best and brightest minds to present at our fall conference, and this year is no exception.
This year’s keynote speaker, and recipient of the Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award, is the Honorable George J. Mitchell, former Majority Leader of the United States Senate.
October 8, October 15, October 22 and October 29 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Event Organizer: Karen Civitate
Event Venue: West Los Angeles Community College Extension Center –
Address: 9000 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230
Free orientation on October 1, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Then 4 consecutive Saturdays with first class held on October 8, 2016. Week 1: Explore the underlying basis of conflict. Recognize how you respond to conflict both at home and work as you discover your conflict style and how you interact with those differing styles. Gain a better understanding of effective communication and listening skills and the obstacles when these breakdown. Learn the art of questioning and how it is used differently during a mediation session. Examine how cultural diversity influences the process. Begin to identify the stages of mediation. Week 2: Delve into each stage of the mediation process. Begin to understand the goals and objectives of each stage. Learn what your role is as a mediator in each of these stages. Week 3: Practice being a mediator through role-play exercises. Experience how each party feels during conflict as you take on different roles. Continue to gain a higher level of understanding of the methods you learned in the previous two weeks and utilize these tools throughout the mediation session. Week 4: What are the ethical standards for mediators? Continue role-playing to enhance your skills. Also review the ethical standards for mediators and the issues they may face before, during and after a session. Learn about the variety of job opportunities available to you not only in the mediation field, but also in jobs that incorporate mediation skills in their hiring requirements.
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.
Those who were able to attend the Santa Barbara Professional Development Group on July 27, 2016, had a special treat. Heather Reed, Lee Jay Berman and the Honorable Frank J. Ochoa presented their personal experience and perspectives on “How To Grow Your Mediation Practice.” Heather Reed is a seasoned pioneer in the ADR field, who currently acts as Executive Case Manager at First Mediation Corporation, and was formerly case manager at Judicate West in Santa Barbara. Heather holds a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine Law School/Straus Institute, where she began her career in the field by assisting the directors of the Straus Institute in researching and developing ADR educational degrees. Heather, presented “Outside In, Inside Out” focusing on the need, from the inside, to “care about others and connect at a deeper level” then to “get out there” and “develop who you are.” She mentioned attending Bar Association meetings as a example of being seen by your potential hiring market and emphasized that word of mouth is the most important element in building your practice.
Judge Frank J. Ochoa, (Ret.), sat for 32 years as a trial court judge in Santa Barbara until he retired in 2015. He now conducts a private practice as mediator, arbitrator and consultant, drawing upon his extensive record of judicial, civic and educational accomplishments. Judge Ochoa received the John T. Rickard Judicial Service Award from the Santa Barbara County Bar Association in 2012 and was voted Judge of the Year by the Southern California Mediation Association in 2000. He designed and implemented the CADRe program, working closely with Lee Jay Berman. Judge Ochoa started by stating that he liked to use the term “appropriate” method rather than “alternative” method of settling disputes when discussing mediation. He shared his thoughts about how to be present in the community including the recommendation utilizing “conduits” such as Rotary Club visits, writing and publishing to increase your presence in the field.
Lee Jay Berman is an internationally prominent commercial mediator, trainer and author with unparalleled experience and expertise in mediation, mediation training and marketing. Among numerous other merits he is a Distinguished Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators. In collaboration with Judge Ochoa, he launched the CADRe program in Santa Barbara Superior Court.Lee Jay Berman began by pointing out that mediation was instituted in the courts to improve the court experience, to be more user friendly and, of course, that is our goal. He suggested you should have cards that say you are a mediator (should remember to hand them out) and should introduce yourself as a conflict resolver. You should write an ADR article at least every 6 months and should speak to groups of potential clients every other month. You should distinguish yourself by getting in front of groups, getting a marketing and planning strategy. When you conduct a mediation follow up to ask “how did I do?” Stay in touch, send holiday cards. Plan what to do and when. Keep notes. Publish, blog. He observed: “How we define what we do has to be how we feel about what we do?” He presented the “Funnel of Conflict Resolution.” Going into the top of the funnel are the potential areas of conflict in which a mediator could work (e.g. public policy, litigated disputes, workplace), and how to where to access these opportunities including: public education, system intervention, mandatory mediations (Employers and HR departments), court panels, finding attorneys/litigators, access corporate counsels. Be the best, add to the Tool Box, remind people how smart, articulate and personable you are, make lunch time presentations for legal associations, join Toast Masters to gain comfort in speaking before an audience, service groups (Rotary, Elks) mediator groups and legal associations. Join the Chamber of Commerce and join nonprofit Boards of Directors. Be where you potential clients are. In response to a question from the audience he shared that he has experienced 3 approaches to your mediation parties: from above – with authority; peer-to-peer – we both know; and from below – explain it to me. He has most often used the from below approach to demonstrate his listening skills, build rapport and trust with parties.
All three presenters concluded that it takes a serious commitment of planning, time and energy to help promote yourself and your mediation practice, but you can do it. In summary Lee Jay provided 5 key commitments: 1) Become the very best, most resourceful mediator you can be; 2) give public presentations to your target audience; 3) publish articles in target publications; 4) develop other opportunities to display your talents and 5) Spend time where your clients are.
Many thanks to Sayre Macneil and Cindy Brokaw who did a beautiful job of organizing the event.
Kenneth Cloke will conduct a four-day training designed for beginning, intermediate and advanced mediators who are interested in improving their conflict resolution skills. The training will consist of the following core elements:
November 16 Overview of historical, psychological, legal, social, systemic and spiritual aspects of conflict, and avenues to resolution. Includes communication skills, story-telling, listening techniques and an eight-step mediation process.
November 17 Responding to intense emotions, techniques for handling anger, fear, grief, guilt and shame; eliciting interests; collaboratively negotiating agreements, caucusing, resolving cross-cultural conflicts; and ethics, values and limits.
November 18 Overcoming impasse, addressing power imbalances, reducing resistance to settlement, working with groups and confirming commitments. Mediating organizational, workplace, divorce, family, legal and public policy disputes.
November 19 Establishing a mediation practice, coaching, conflict resolution systems design, resolving complex multi-party environmental and political disputes, designing rituals, reaching closure, opening heartfelt conversations, reaching forgiveness and reconciliation, dialogue, and resolving international conflicts.
Classes are practical and highly interactive. They begin at 9:30 am and end at 4:30 pm, at the Center for Dispute Resolution at 2411 18th St., Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310) 399-4426. Each participant will receive a Mediation Certificate on completion of the training, plus a Training Manual that includes basic techniques and forms that are useful in starting a mediation practice. Costs are $250.00 per class or $1000.00 for the series.
Please make your check payable to: Kenneth Cloke
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Please send me the CDR Training Manual. Enclosed is $25.00.
Please send me a copy of The Crossroads of Conflict: A Journey into the Heart of Dispute Resolution ($30.00), or any of the books listed on the reverse side.
This Interactive Workshop is designed for the fully committed new mediator who is serious about going into private practice and desires to learn the best practices to do so. The goal of the Workshop is to provide participants with the necessary tools to launch a financially successful mediation practice in a highly competitive market. 3 hrs. of CLE available, including 1 hr. Ethics. Course held August 31 (9am-4pm). Further course description and registration found here.
30-Hour Basic Mediation Training (26.75 MCLE; 2.75 Ethics, 1 Bias)
Dates: August 22-26 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
Event Organizer: Los Angeles County Bar Association Counsel for Justice, Civic Mediation Project
Event Venue: Los Angeles County Bar Association –
1055 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017 United States
This course introduces the core principles and process of mediation through lecture, small group exercises and role-play. Includes: structure of the mediation process, case management, mediation models, cultural awareness, legal requirements, ethics, neutrality, communication skills, negotiation, breaking impasse, closure, agreement-writing. DRPA Compliant. MCLE: 26.75 (2.75 hrs Ethics, 1 hr Bias). Course held August 22-26 (9am-4pm daily) in downtown Los Angeles. Further course description and registration found here.