Friday Night Welcome Reception (6:00pm)
SCMA’s 29th Annual Fall Conference will open with a Reception Dinner on Friday, October 20, 2017 at The LA Hotel Downtown, beginning at 6:00 p.m., where we will be honoring Mary Culbert, with the L. Randolph Lowry Award. Also, the Southern California Mediation Association Education Foundation will be honoring a recipient with their Directors Award.
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.
In addition to the L. Randolph Lowry Award and Directors Award presentation, we will recognize the 2017 SCMA Mentees and witness the installation of the next SCMA Board of Directors and President. This is an elegant event that promises to serve as a suitable kickoff for an historic conference.
L. Randolph Lowry Award
Professor Mary B. Culbert is the Director of The Center For Conflict Resolution, where she previously served as a Senior Mediator supervising students. She is a bilingual certified mediator and a 1984 graduate of Loyola Law School. In 1993, Ms. Culbert began serving as a community and court mediator and received the “Rookie of the Year Award” from the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Services. She returned to Loyola in 1994 as an adjunct professor of law and founding director of the Disability Mediation Center of the Western Law Center for Disability Rights (currently the Disability Rights Legal Center). After practicing law for several years, Ms. Culbert became a bilingual certified mediator and has mediated extensively since 1992 in numerous community, government agency and court programs. She served as a resource to local, state and federal agencies regarding the design and implementation of mediation programs. She sat on the California State Bar ADR Committee and chaired its Ethics Subcommittee since its inception in 1997 until September 2001, and still sits as an advisor to that Committee today.
Ms. Culbert has served on numerous boards, committees and mediation panels over the past 22 years. She has trained and lectured extensively on mediation skills, advanced mediation techniques, disability mediation and legal issues in mediation. More recently, she served an appointment to the Judicial Council, Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee, ADR Subcommittee Working Group on Uniform Procedures for Addressing Complaints about Court-Program Mediators. She was recognized in the “TOP NEUTRALS” Supplement to the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals and to the Sacramento Recorder, in the section on “Community Mediators: taking it to the streets” in 2007. In 2009, she received the Ester Soriano Peacemaker of the Year Award from Los Angeles County DRPA Program Community Mediators, and in 2010, the Ester Soriano Award for Excellence in Community Mediation from the California Dispute Resolution Council. In the summer of 2011, Professor Culbert provided mediation training to a group of high-ranking judges, attorneys and law professors in Bangladesh. In 2012-13, she created a new model, and clinic, for providing Collaborative Mediation Divorce Services in conjunction with the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association.
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. Watch for an announcement from the SCMA to register for the dinner.
Our sincere congratulations to A. Marco Turk from all of us in the mediation community.
With much gratitude for your contributions,
Maria Simpson, Ph.D.
SCMA EF-Board Chair
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