SCMA’s 2018 Summer Soiree Was A Blast!
On August 9th SCMA Members, Past Presidents, Board Members and friends gathered at the Bonaventure in downtown LA for the SMCA 2018 Annual Summer Mixer. Held on the beautiful outdoor private patio of the Bonaventure Brewing Company the event celebrated our SCMA members and gave everyone a chance to network, laugh and have some fun with colleagues and friends. Recent graduates of the SCMA Mentorship Program were introduced and received their Graduation Certificates.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2017 SCMA President’s Award by current President Dr. Jack Goetz and Past-President Jason Harper to Forrest “Woody” Mosten who was honored for his work in providing divorce mediation training as well as commemorating the 10th year of the SCMA Education Foundation which was created in his honor. The SCMA Education Foundation provides conflict resolution libraries to dispute resolution centers, non-profits and universities. Woody’s acceptance speech highlighted the future of mediation as he encouraged the mentees who had been acknowledged earlier to share with us their hopes and goals for their future mediation practices. The Foundation also had a highly successful fundraising “Wine Pull” at the Soiree where donated wines were sold off to attendees who paid $25 each “pull” of a bottle off of the table without being able to see the label. This mystery wine event was a big hit! Overall, it was another wonderful SCMA event and great opportunity to meet, network and dialog with mediators and supporting professionals from Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties!
Thank you again to everyone!
SCMA’s Annual Family Institute 2018 Was A Success!
The inaugural 2018 SCMA Family Mediation Institute – “Essential Skills and Innovative Approaches for Family Mediators” was held this past weekend at the Doubletree OC Airport location. Family mediators from Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties gathered together for the 2-day event and participated in workshops, networking activities, an Exhibitor Hall and Book Fair.
The event kicked off with Friday’s workshop “The Emotionally Intelligent Mediator” presented by Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sam Alibrando and was followed by a Mixer and Reception on the Lakeside Patio where attendees were able to socialize and network.
On Saturday, institute attendees chose from 6 workshops on topics that included the business aspect of establishing, managing and growing a mediation practice, new technologies for delivering mediation services, parenting plans and co-parenting issues in divorce, and how mediators can collaborate effectively with mental health professionals. In the afternoon workshop attendees learned new skills to competently address financial issues, including support, division of marital property and the challenges that come with real estate and retirement assets.
The luncheon Keynote, “Lessons from the Yellow Brick Road – Helping Clients Navigate Divorce” was an enjoyable presentation by Dr. Sam Alibrando based on his book, Follow the Yellow Brick Road – How to Change for the Better When Life Gives You its Worst. Dr. Alibrando’s keynote entertained attendees with his creative and whimsical metaphor that demonstrates how the adventures of Dorothy in the land of Oz, can be used to instruct us all on how we can use our heart, minds and courage to positively change through life’s challenges.
Thank you again to everyone!
SCMA’s Annual Employment Institute 2018 Was A Success!
I would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who made this year’s Employment Mediation Institute possible. The Institute was a great success, with 70 total members and nonmembers in attendance. One attendee even flew from Vancouver, British Columbia to join us for the program! The University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law generously hosted and helped sponsor the program, and we were fortunate to have Prof. Lisa Klerman join us to deliver opening remarks. The first panel presented different perspectives and new ideas for managing and resolving workplace disputes. The second panel featured litigators discussing recent developments in employment law.
Our sponsors for the Institute this year were: ACT Mediation; EXTTI, Incorporated; Finn Financial Group; Reddock Law Group; and USC Gould School of Law. Our partners were Mediate.com and the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources. The individuals who contributed to the program’s development include Dr. Jack R. Goetz, SCMA President; Angela Reddock-Wright, SCMA President-Elect and Employment Mediation Institute Co-Chair; Anne Sawyer, SCMA Executive Director; our panelists, Sabrina Beldner, Christina Coleman, Harold Coleman, Cherry-Marie Destura, and Nikki Tolt; and our roleplay actors, Teri Levin, Kathryn Marshall, Andy Shelby, and Therese White.
Thank you again to everyone!
On May 3, the SCMA held their 6th Annual Peer Mediation Celebration at the USC Galen Center. The Founders Room was packed with almost 80 attendees and students from more than 8 different schools. Most notably, University High School In Los Angeles received a certificate for Best Practices in Peer Mediation by Kids Managing Conflict (KMC), SCMA’s Education Foundation.
The evening started with a heartwarming panel discussion with high school peer mediators where they discussed their experience as a mediator and how the skills they’ve acquired transformed their lives and the environment of the school. The evening ended with honoring University High School Dean and Peer Mediation Coordinator Karen Crowley as she is embarking on her retirement.
We would like to thank USC, INVLA, and KMC for their co-sponsorship of the event and we look forward to next year.
Jason A. Harper
We had a wonderful turnout of members, including many current and past Board Members, to honor our current President, Jack Goetz, our President-Elect, Angela Reddock-Wright and many of our illustrious past Presidents on April 21, 2018. The beautiful setting provided by the Del Ray Yacht Club was emphasized by glorious weather and the champagne breakfast to make for a truly special event. The highlight by far was hearing from each Past President in attendance who recounted some of the highlights and challenges that they faced during their terms. Attendees heard many of the inside stories and histories of the SCMA told by those who worked so hard over the years to build our organization into the mediation leader that it is.
From left to right:
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.
See the highlights from the SCMA 2014 Holiday Party, which was held on December 12th at Wokcano Asian Restaurant & Lounge, in Santa Monica. Sushi and sangria were enjoyed by current and new members at this festive event!
Holiday Party Photos
See the highlights from the 2014 SCMA Fall Conference “Roads to Resolution” Morning Session, held on November 8th 2014 at the The Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA.
Thanks to Sammy Davis Photography for the images – visit their website to see all of the photos!