WELCOME SCMA MEMBERS!
Message from President Phyllis G. Pollack, Esq.
Employment Conference – May 22, 2010
A very special thank you and kudos to Jan Frankel Schau and Nikki Tolt for organizing another successful Employment Conference. The new venue at The Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach proved to be a wonderful location, and the turnout was amazing considering the current economic conditions. Thank you to James Street and American Institute of Mediation for their sponsorship support and to all of the speakers for their time and effort on SCMA’s behalf. For those of you, who missed the program, be sure to join us in Fall for the annual conference as these programs are specifically designed to help you in your mediation career.
We are in the process of putting together the Annual SCMA Directory of Members. To place an AD, please contact the SCMA office today. Remember this is an excellent way to network, advertise your business and participate in our events as the directory is distributed at the Town Hall, the Real Estate Conference, the CAALA conference in Las Vegas in September, and our annual November conference. Please consider this excellent way to support your association.
Jan Frankel Schau Donates Honorarium to SCMA Education Fund
The SCMA Education Fund is proud to announce that a generous donation has been made on behalf of Jan Frankel Schau, past President of the Southern California Mediation Association and one of the founding Directors of the SCMA Education Fund. Jan was invited to present at this year’s Annual Conference of the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In lieu of an honorarium, Jan asked the Society to make a donation to the SCMA Education Fund, her charity of choice. The Society was delighted not only to make the donation on Jan’s behalf, but also to learn of this innovative project that supports and encourages the use of mediation in Southern California. In fact, the President of that organization was going to publish an article in the Society’s newsletter featuring not only the gift, but the SCMA Education Fund’s concept, hopefully inspiring further contributions from our northern neighbors in Canada! In keeping with their pledge to the Fund, Woody and Jody Mosten have agreed to match the gift, resulting in a $1,000 donation.
The Fund truly appreciates the generosity of all of its donors and hopes that the AAMS donation, through Jan Schau, will inspire others to give back to our community by investing in the future of mediation and spreading the knowledge about the Fund and its potential.
The SCMA Education Fund’s current project is the SCMA/Forrest S. Mosten Conflict Resolution Libraries Project, which was conceived to provide mediation libraries to serve the public throughout Southern California. The Fund has so far established SCMA/Forrest S. Mosten Conflict Resolution Libraries at the Western Justice Center Foundation and County Human Relations Council, and contributed to the conflict resolution library at California State University at Dominguez Hills.
The Fund welcomes contributions of any size. Checks should be made payable to the SCMA Education Fund and mailed to the SCMA Education Fund at 1430 South Grand Avenue, #256, Glendora, CA 91740. Remember that your contributions will be matched by Woody and Jody Mosten up to $2,000. Contributions are tax deductible as provided by law.
If you have any questions about or are interested in participating in the Project, please call or e-mail Barbara Brown at (310) 312-3242, BBrown@BrownMediation.com.
SCMA Celebrates the life of Mr. Richard Millen
A special thank you to Lee Jay Berman, Laurel Kaufer, and Harcourt Harvey, for organizing the tribute and to all who joined us in celebrating the life of Richard Millen on Thursday evening, May 27. It was a wonderful experience celebrated by his family, friends and members of the mediation community who knew him well. We cannot thank you enough, Richard, for your support of mediation and your contributions made during your life. You will always be fondly remembered. (See Tribute in this Edition below).
Annual Town Hall – July 17th
Mark your calendars for our Annual Town Hall being held on Saturday, July 17th starting at 8:30 a.m. (for registration). The Program will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Straus Institute, Pepperdine University. Join us for “Taking a critical and honest look at the ‘Alternatives’ in Alternative Dispute Resolution: Does ADR Enhance or Diminish the Disputant’s Rights”. This year three different panels will discuss different aspects of a litigant’s rights to go to trial vs. the use of ADR to settle the case. The panelists will also address the impact of the money crunch in the Court system and how it impacts “justice for all”. We believe the subject to be exceptionally topical and look forward to a lively and informative discussion.
Please register for this event. It is FREE to members. Non-members will be charged $35.00 (which can be applied toward membership). There will also be an informal brainstorming session immediately following the program. If you wish to have a lunch available at a cost of $20 per person, please register with the SCMA office at www.scmediation.org or call the SCMA office at 1-877-963-3428.
As always, we look forward to seeing you at our events and programs. These programs are made possible because of your valued participation. Please feel free to contact our offices with ideas for programs you would like to see in the future. Together we will work to make SCMA the membership you cannot be without.
Phyllis G. Pollack