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SCMA Members In the News!
Long time SCMA member and supporter, David I. Karp, Esq., will be honored with the San Fernando Valley Bar Association’s 2010 President’s Award. As a member of the SFVBA for many years, Mr. Karp volunteered to establish, and for two years led, the Association’s Teen Youth Group. The program succeeded beyond expectation, helping the Bar Association to achieve its goals inspiring diverse young people to become our lawyers of the future. SCMA is proud to give this mention to one of our distinguished members and we congratulate David I. Karp, Esq. on his accomplishments.
SCMA In the News!
Susan Russo, a lifer at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, CA wrote over 50 handwritten letters to California Mediators, requesting training for inmates. One of these letters made its way to Laurel Kaufer who phoned colleague, and frequent SCMA event speaker, Doug Noll. The two of them took action and twelve weeks later, 15 inmates were fully trained Peacemakers, conducting dozens of mediations and peace circles within the prison. “Instead of running from conflict, I now run to it,” says Peacemaker, Anna Humiston.
SCMA’s Board of Directors was so moved by Ms Kaufer’s nomination of these “lifers” for its Annual Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award, that it recently voted to present this award to the prison inmates participating in Laurel’s and Doug’s Conflict Resolution Program at its 2010 Annual Fall Conference on November 7, 2010. SCMA is proud of their achievement and its association with these distinguished mediators. To read more, visit www.forbes.com and search “Peacemaker” under the tab “Press Releases”.
SCMA Fall Conference News
Winding up Summer, we are now in the home stretch and looking forward to another hotly anticipated Fall Conference. This November 6, 2010 will mark our 22nd Annual Fall Conference at Pepperdine and the topic could not be more current. The Business of Mediation: A Frank Dialogue About the Practice of Mediation is what you have been asking for and we have delivered. Keynote presentations, discussions and breakout sessions will focus on the business of mediation, success in mediation, opportunities for advancement, public relations, business development, career alternatives, community mediation, marketing and technology and much, much more! If you come to one program all year, this is the one not to miss. Visit us on the web (www.scmediation.org) to sign up at the early bird pricing. These early rates expire after October 1, 2010 so act now.
Sponsor the Fall Conference!
This year we are excited to offer more creative opportunities for our sponsors. First, as before, booth tables on the centrally located main floor will be available for those who wish to actively participate and make those valuable connections; however, we are now providing you with the opportunity to get your name out in a big way by offering a Sponsorship Booklet to be handed out to each attendee, and/or sponsor a break-out session and speak in front of the audience of the session you sponsor, and/or sponsor the lunch or breaks and be prominently featured with handouts and/or a banner. We are open to any suggestions you have for sponsorship to feature your group or organization….just ask! For further information contact SCMA Administration at 877-963-3428 or e-mail SCMAOffice@yahoo.com.
After more than 13 years providing mediation services, Phyllis has the ability to bring the strengths and weaknesses of both parties' cases to light, helping pave the way to resolution. While she will not offer her opinion on the conflict, she is proactive in helping clients reach an agreement by offering a generous dose of reality. This approach is particularly useful when the process has stalled due to unrealistic expectation, a failure to focus on needs rather than demands, or when one or more parties need to be reminded of the potential consequences of their failure to reach an agreement. Phyllis graduated Tulane University School of Law in 1977 and moved to California in 1980, at which time she took and passed the bar. Between 1980- 2005 she was a practicing attorney engaged in all types of litigation. Commencing in 2005, she transitioned to becoming a full time neutral and has conducted over 1200 mediations.
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