It’s that time of year when much of our membership needs to renew, and those who have not yet joined should consider doing so. For those wondering about the benefits of membership in the premier organization for and about mediation in Southern California, here are some reasons for signing up now:
SCMA’s Select a Mediator Directory: Members who meet the qualifications are entitled to a free listing, providing lawyers and the public with a searchable database of mediators in the region. With the demise of the LA Superior Court’s mediation panels, this is one of the best resources left to find mediators. With our revamped website about to launch, the directory will be more prominent and useful to the public. It’s one place mediators in Southern California need to be.
SCMA’s certification initiative: SCMA is seeking support from other organizations devoted to mediation to create a uniform certification standard recognized in the State of California, that would enable well-trained mediators to add a “CM,” for certified mediator, to their credentials. Such recognition will provide a tool for consumers of mediation services to obtain quality assurance, and a tool for trained mediators to distinguish themselves.
SCMA’s outreach: SCMA is putting on a series of programs for local bar associations to help attorneys initiate conversations about mediation, choose a mediator, and prepare for mediation. SCMA has also started other training programs for attorneys about negotiation, mediation, and collaborative practice. SCMA is also planning new programs to educate the broader public about the benefits of mediation.
SCMA’s training and fellowship: Last year SCMA launched a new mentorship program to assist mediators in building a practice. This is in addition to a number of study groups SCMA has sponsored, which provide a place for mediators to get together and discuss issues of common concern.
SCMA’s programs: With all of these efforts to expand opportunities for mediators, SCMA has not neglected its core mission of putting on programs for our members. Far from it. Our fall conference has expanded in scope, continuing to serve as the premier event of its kind in the region, and the quality and quantity of other programming throughout the year has only increased.
Why should you join or renew now? Because your membership dues enable SCMA to carry out all of these efforts for the benefit of our members and the broader community. The larger our membership, the more resources we have to devote to activities that strengthen the practice of mediation in Southern California. The growth members may have noticed in the quality and quantity of SCMA’s activities recently is a direct result of robust membership growth.
Who should join SCMA? Only experienced mediators who want to keep up with their colleagues and stay informed, new mediators who want to learn more skills and find new opportunities, all those interested in learning about and applying mediation techniques in their work of whatever nature, and anyone who has ever dealt with any sort of conflict in their life. SCMA can help you with all of that!
It’s easy to renew right on this website. Just click on the button that says, “JOIN NOW.” If you need assistance, call Executive Director Anne Sawyer, and she’ll get you renewed quickly over the phone – 866-440-7880.