About Southern California Mediation Association

The Southern California Mediation Association, founded in 1989, is devoted to promoting mediation as a tool for resolving conflict. Mediation empowers parties to design their own solutions to disputes that might otherwise prove costly and cumbersome to resolve in court or arbitration. Mediation can also be used to solve problems that might not be suitable for court at all. SCMA provides resources for the public to learn more about mediation, and to find mediators skilled in assisting with all kinds of disputes. To find a suitable mediator, and learn more about whether mediation can help resolve your family’s or your business’s dispute, go to the Select a Mediator page.

Welcome to new Members February 2016!

  • Matthew Arriaga  Lori Hershorin  Sonia Howard
  • David Levene  Christine Mirabel  Sandra Pina-Barbee
  • Jeri Simpson  Jeffrey (Jessie) Strauss  Reed Troutman
  • Deedra Vanstrien Alvarado

Upcoming SCMA Events

SCMA presents many programs and events throughout the year ranging from Social to Networking to Education to Professional Development.

May 04

SCMA’S 5th Annual Celebration of Peer Mediation

May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Los Angeles
May 06


May 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Santa Monica
May 12


May 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 18

2017 Employment Mediation Institute

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Los Angeles
Jun 09


June 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Writer’s Corner

CLIMATE CHANGE, by Floyd Siegal

Those attending the 28th Annual Conference of SCMA had the privilege of hearing the keynote address of Senator George Mitchell, former Majority Leader of the United States Senate. In his remarks, Senator Mitchell noted how divisive the two presidential campaigns had been, and emphasized the need to change the political climate.

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Don’t miss out on fantastic benefits like our Select A Mediator Directory as well as professional programs and networking events.

Select a Mediator

The searchable directory of Mediators covers many practice areas, geographical locations, rates and other factors.

Calendar of Events

Find out and post professional training, development and special events by SCMA and other organizations.

News & Announcements

President’s Message

Mediation Confidentiality


Since the mid-1980s California law has protected mediation communications from disclosure in order to promote the sort of candor and openness that is essential to effective mediations.

We are compiling information, holding events and becoming a trusted resource in these issues.

Recent Articles on Mediation Confidentiality

Job and Career Opportunities

The SCMA is proud to introduce our new Job Opportunities directory. Looking for a Job? Have a Job to post?

SCMA Education Foundation


The SCMA Education Foundation’s mission is to support the education of mediators and increase public awareness of mediation. The Foundation focuses on raising public awareness of mediation so that it becomes the first option for conflict resolution in personal, professional and community disputes.

TSCMA President Elect Floyd Siegal congratulates Maria Simpson, President of the SCMA Education Foundation on achieving the $1000 goal of the first SCMA Challenge Granto reach this goal, the Foundation supports projects that educate the public about mediation and teach mediation skills, beginning at an early age with peer mediation programs and continuing with adult community programs.
SCMA President Elect Floyd Siegal congratulates Maria Simpson, President of the SCMA Education Foundation on achieving the $1000 goal of the first SCMA Challenge Grant