Southern California Mediation Association
30th Annual Fall Conference
“Striving for Excellence: The Emergence of the Modern Mediator”
November 2-3, 2018
@ the LA HOTEL Downtown Los Angeles
Friday, November 2, 2018 – Kick-off Dinner & Reception
Saturday, November 3, 2018 – Full-Day Conference
The Early Bird registration and sponsorship deadlines for the conference is October 5, 2018.
We are excited to announce and invite proposals for the 2018 SCMA 30th Annual Fall Conference, taking place on November 2-3, 2018 at the LA Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Our conference theme is “Striving for Excellence: The Emergence of the Professional Mediator.” Our honorees include Avis Ridley-Thomas, who will receive the Cloke-Millen Award, and Professor Lisa Klerman, who will receive the L. Randolph Lowry Award. Both women have distinguished themselves in the mediation field and have been leaders in developing programs and opportunities for mediators throughout Southern California.
Consistent with our conference theme, “Striving for Excellence: The Emergence of the Professional Mediator,” we look forward to offering a diversity of workshops and programming that provide the latest and most cutting-edge thinking on how we can continue to grow and develop as professional mediators. It is our hope that you leave the conference with practical knowledge, tools, and resources for continuing to grow as a professional mediator. We also will offer full MCLE credits, and will offer workshops and programming that focus on different forums, career opportunities, and emerging markets for mediators.
We also are excited to welcome the American Arbitration Association (AAA) as our partner for the Conference Advanced Track. Led by Harold Coleman, Jr., Esq., Senior Vice President, Mediator/Executive Director of AAAMediation.org, and Neil Carmichael, the Vice President of Education & Training for the AAA and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the AAA promises to present a full day of Advanced Track topics that will be relevant for this day and time, thought-provoking, interactive, and engaging. Click here to learn more about the Advanced Track topics and schedule.
We look forward to seeing you at our 30th Annual Fall Conference. It promises to be a rewarding event!
For any questions regarding the conference, please contact our Executive Director, Anne Sawyer, at email@example.com.
Registration Coming Soon!
As an attendee, you will receive:
- Advanced Track Partners – We also are excited to welcome the American Arbitration Association (AAA) as our partner for the Conference Advanced Track. Led by Harold Coleman, Jr., Esq., Senior Vice President, Mediator/Executive Director of AAAMediation.org, and Neil Carmichael, the Vice President of Education & Training for the AAA and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the AAA promises to present a full day of Advanced Track topics that will be relevant for this day and time, thought-provoking, interactive, and engaging. More info can be found here. Additional registration fees required.
- 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.
- Wine, Dine & Kick-off in Style – Pre-Conference Dinner kick-off reception & awards program. Click here to register.
- 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.
To see last year’s conference, click here.
Early Bird Rates in Effect until 10/5/18
Pricing is shown as Early Bird / Regular Rate
- SCMA Member/AAA Panelist $295.00 / $395.00
- Non-Member $395.00 / $495.00
- Student – SCMA Member $115.00/ $145.00
- Student Non-Member $145.00/$185.00
- Conference Speakers $ 100.00
- Mediation Opportunities Fair Participant $ 100.00
- Sustaining Members $0.00 /$145.00
- Advanced Track SCMA/AAA Member Upgrade $ 125.00
- Advanced Track Non-Member Upgrade $ 150.00
- Board Member Rates $ 115.00 / $ 145.00
Friday Night Kick-off Dinner & Reception
- Board Members, Past Presidents and Sustaining Members $75.00
- SCMA Members and Board of Director Guests $95.00
- Non-Members $145.00
- Table of 8 $1,000.00
We will have an amazing lineup this year.
Beat the ticket price increases by registering early. Click Here to Register!
2018 Award Recipients
Cloke-Millen Peacemaker Award – Avis Ridley-Thomas
Avis Ridley-Thomas founded Los Angeles City Attorney’s Dispute Resolution Program in 1989, and served as Director until retiring in March 2011. Under her leadership, the program grew from four staff members to include over 2,000 volunteer conciliators, mediators, trainers, facilitators and peacemakers who handled thousands of disputes annually.
She was awarded the Healers of Conflict Award from the Southern California Mediation Association in 1994, the Rosa Parks Award of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1995, and the Phenomenal Woman Award from the Women’s Studies Program of California State University at Northridge in 1996. In 1998, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund selected Ridley-Thomas as a Black Woman of Achievement recipient.
Ridley-Thomas now serves Co-Director of the Institute for Nonviolence in Los Angeles and Days of Dialogue. Recent honors include St. Michael the Archangel – Guardian Angel Award, the Who’s Who Award of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute’s Women in Action Award and the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic christening of the Avis and Mark Ridley-Thomas Life Learning Center.
L. Randolph Lowry Award – Professor Lisa Klerman
Professor Lisa Klerman is a renowned clinical professor who has trained hundreds of USC Gould School of Law students in dispute resolution. After launching the law school’s Mediation Clinic over a dozen years ago, she served as the director of its ADR Certificate Program, and was the founding director of the Judge Judith O. Hollinger Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution. The Mediation Clinic courses that she designed and developed received national recognition in 2011 when the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council honored USC Gould with its prestigious ADR Education Award.
As a mediator with an active private practice, Professor Klerman is able to bring to the classroom practical tips and cutting edge techniques in order to maximize her students’ skill sets. The mediators in her clinic have consistently achieved impressive success rates in their mediation venues, which include the Los Angeles County Superior Court system, as well as partnerships with the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, the Los Angeles Fire Department, California Lawyers for the Arts, the United States District Court, the Department of Industrial Relations, the EEOC, and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.