SCMA has presented some truly exceptional programs this year, but none more inspiring than the final two programs of 2016.
On Thursday, October 13th, SCMA will host the Fourth Annual Celebration of Peer Mediation, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., in the Founder’s Room at USC’s Galen Center, 3400 S. Figueroa Street. This is not just a program “about” peer mediation; it is a program actually presented BY peer mediators — middle school and high-school students trained in the art of mediation. The stories they tell will bring a smile to your face and quite possibly a tear to your eye.
If you want to experience the full promise of mediation, please join us for this special evening. There is no cost to attend, dinner is provided and parking is free! Register Here!
Three weeks later, on Saturday, November 5th, SCMA will host it’s 28th Annual Conference at Pepperdine University School of Law. With an opening plenary session that features the presentation of the 2016 Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award to Senator George Mitchell, a closing plenary session that features Franky Carrillo (wrongfully convicted of murder at the age of 16 and imprisoned for 20 years before being exonerated) and Dr. Betty Gilmore (co-author of “The Darkest Hour: Shedding Light on the Impact of Isolation and Death Row in Texas Prisons” and recipient of this year’s L. Randolph Lowry Award), and a smorgasbord of outstanding workshops in between, this year’s Conference promises to be one of SCMA’s most memorable!
Early-bird rates ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY end this Saturday, October 7th. If you haven’t registered yet, you only have a few more days to do so and save!! Register Here!
And with the money you save, you may want to consider joining us for the Kick-Off Reception and Dinner on Friday, November 4th, at the Huntley Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The dinner will include installation of next year’s President, President-Elect and newly elected Board members; presentation of the SCMA President’s Awards; presentation of the Lowry Award to Dr. Gilmore; and presentation of the SCMA-EF Annual Director’s Award to John Hass. Space is limited and early-bird rates for the Reception and Dinner end on October 15th. Register Here!
I look forward to seeing you at one, two or all three of these very special events!
Anne Sawyer is an independent Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Consultant. In addition her private consultation practice, she is the Executive Director of the Southern California Mediation Association.
Her mission is to foster, support and promote mediators and other neutrals and to further increase peaceful resolution of conflicts. Raising public awareness as to the many values of mediation and increase its use to address a broad variety of public and private disputes in a confidential, safe and empowering process is her passion.