Southern California Mediation Association
“Mediation in the Real World: New Thinking, New Practices”
October 20-21, 2017
Friday, 10/20/17 Kick-off Dinner
Saturday, 10/21/17 Full-Day Conference
NEW LOCATION: LA HOTEL Downtown Los Angeles
Join hundreds of fellow mediators and conflict resolution professionals at one of the West Coast’s best conferences on Mediation and Conflict Resolution! The 29th Annual SCMA Conference “Mediation in the Real World: New Thinking, New Practices” As an attendee, you will receive:
- Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award – William Ury
William Ury, co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, is one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and mediation. He is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project. He is the author of Getting to Yes with Yourself (HarperOne, January 2015), The Power of a Positive No, Getting Past No, and The Third Side, and co-author (with Roger Fisher and Bruce Patton) of Getting to Yes. Ury is founder of the Abraham Path Initiative, which seeks to bring people together across cultures by opening a long-distance walking route in the Middle East that retraces the footsteps of Abraham and his family.
- L. Randolph Lowry Award – Mary Culbert
The SCMA presents the L. Randolph Lowry Award to a member of the dispute resolution community who has honored and inspired us through their passion and dedication to education in the field of dispute resolution. The award is presented at the Friday Evening Kick-off Dinner Reception. We are proud to announce that the recipient of the 2017 L. Randolph Lowry Award is Mary Culbert.
- Special AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION Advanced Mediation Skills Institute Deal! Two great Los Angeles area mediation conferences at discounted prices! Mediators who desire to maximize their travel to Los Angeles will receive discounted pricing by attending both the ABA Mediation Institute, October 19 and 20 during the day, and the SCMA Annual Conference Friday evening October 20th and Saturday October 21st all day. Registrants for the conference receive 15% off registration for the 15th Annual Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills Institute at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA on October 19-20-21. Click here for more information and use discount code ABA15 when signing up.
- Education & CLE Credits – Learn and Earn all things Mediation & Conflict Resolution! Hear from esteemed speakers and industry professionals and earn up to a total of 5hrs of CLE Credits while you’re at it.
- Go Advanced! (Experienced Mediators only). Engage in a highly interactive experience at the Advanced Track sessions brought to you by SCMA-American Institute of Mediation. Confirmed speakers include the conference plenary speaker, William Ury, as well as Ken Cloke, Lee Jay Berman, and Kim Deck, with more anticipated. Additional Registration/Fee is required. Learn More Here.
- Special Family Conflict Resolution Track – special set of workshops specifically designed for Family Mediation. Learn More Here.
- Mediation Opportunities Fair – Meet & Greet many of the organizations funded by DRPA after lunch on Saturday, held in separate ballroom.
- Professional Networking – Bring plenty of business cards! Socialize with and meet hundreds of like-minded mediators and conflict resolution professionals. (Friday Night Dinner, Breakfast 8-9 & Lunch)
- Full Lunch Saturday – A sit-down lunch to keep the calories coming! Light breakfast Saturday morning also included.
- Wine, Dine & Kick-off in Style – at the Friday night kick-off reception & awards program. Dinner & Drinks included. Learn more here.
Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award Recipient
He is co-author with Roger Fisher and Bruce Patton of Getting to Yes, a fourteen-million- copy bestseller translated into over thirty-five languages, and the author of Getting Past No, The Power of a Positive No, The Third Side and, most recently, the award-winning Getting to Yes with Yourself.
Over the last 35 years, Dr. Ury has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in conflicts ranging from labor strikes and boardroom battles to civil wars in the Middle East, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union. During the Cold War, Ury served as a consultant to the Crisis Management Center at the White House, helping to create nuclear risk reduction centers. He has taught negotiation and mediation to tens of thousands of corporate executives, labor leaders, diplomats, and military officers around the world.
Ury is founder of the Abraham Path Initiative, which seeks to bring people together across cultures by opening a long-distance walking route in the Middle East that retraces the footsteps of Abraham and his family. ABC’s Christiane Amanpour calls the Abraham Path “an unprecedented initiative to break down barriers and foster communication in the most divided region of the world.” He has a popular TED talk about the Abraham Path, entitled “The Walk from No to Yes.” He is also co-founder of the Climate Parliament, which unites parliamentarians from around the world with civil society to bring about a transition to renewable energy.
William is the recipient of the Whitney North Seymour Award from the American Arbitration Association and the Distinguished Service Medal from the Russian Parliament. His work has been widely featured in the media, including the The New York Times, the Financial Times, the CNN, and BBC.
Trained as a social anthropologist, Ury has a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard.
A. Marco Turk to Receive Foundation’s 2017 Directors’ Award
It gives me enormous pleasure to announce that A. Marco Turk, teacher and international peacebuilder, has been named recipient of the Foundation’s 2017 Directors’ Award for Exemplary Contributions to Mediator Education.
Prof. Turk is Emeritus Professor and Director of the Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Program at CA State University Dominguez Hills, as well as adjunct professor of law at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law. He has worked with thousands of students over the years and been a friend and mentor to them all.
Prof. Turk is recognized internationally for his work as a mediator, educator and trainer, emphasizing mediator ethics, restorative justice, and peacebuilding. Having been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Conflict Resolution on the island of Cyprus (1997-1999), Professor Turk has made seven funded return trips to continue his peacebuilding work there, and has conducted programs for Cypriots in the USA through the U.S. State Department and the Fred J. Hansen Institute for World Peace at San Diego State University. In October 2003, he participated as one of only two Americans invited to attend the Oxford University international workshop on “Getting to Yes” regarding efforts to reunify Cyprus. He is a recognized scholar concerning the Cyprus Problem, and he has written extensively on the subject.
Prof. Turk has a long history in California Alternative Dispute Resolution and has received several awards acknowledging his service to the field.
It was my great pleasure to work with Prof . Turk as an adjunct professor in the NCRP program for over ten years and learn from his contributions to the field, as well as to see the many contributions that graduates of the program are now making. He has been a wonderful mentor and friend to everyone who knows him, so we are especially pleased that he has accepted this award from us.
It will be my great honor to present this award to Prof. Turk at the SCMA Fall Conference Dinner, October 20, 2017. I hope you can join us then to honor him.
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