28th Annual Southern California Mediation Association Conference
Discourse & Diplomacy:
From Interpersonal Conflict to International Relations
November 4-5, 2016
Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA
Join hundreds of fellow mediators and conflict resolution professionals at one of the West Coast’s best conferences on Mediation and Conflict Resolution! The 28th Annual SCMA Conference “Discourse & Diplomacy: From Interpersonal Conflict to International Relations” As an attendee, you will receive:
- Education & CLE Credits – Learn and Earn all things Mediation & Conflict Resolution! Hear from esteemed speakers and industry professionals and earn up to a total of 5hrs of CLE Credits while you’re at it.
- Mediation Opportunities Fair – Meet & Greet many of the organizations funded by DRPA after lunch on Saturday, held in separate ballroom.
- Go Advanced! Engage in a highly interactive experience at the Advanced Track sessions brought you by SCMA-AIM. The Advanced Track will be a lively viewing of a single role play of a commercial/business partnership mediation case, broken down and analyzed through various lenses (legal, psychological, business, negotiation, and creative problem solving). Additional Registration/Fee is required. Learn More Here.
- Special Family Conflict Resolution Track – From “Dating to Divorce”, a special set of workshops specifically designed for Family Mediation.
- Keynote Speaker Sen. George Mitchell – Former Majority Leader of the US Senate and recipient of the 2016 Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award
- Professional Networking – Bring plenty of business cards! Socialize with and meet hundreds of like-minded mediators and conflict resolution professionals. (Friday Night Dinner, Breakfast 8-9 & Lunch)
- Full Lunch Saturday – A sit-down lunch to keep the calories coming! Light breakfast Saturday morning also included.
- Wine, Dine & Kick-off in Style – at the Friday night kick-off reception & awards program. Dinner & Drinks included. (RECEPTION IS SOLD OUT)
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Cloke-Millen Peacemaker Award
Each year the Southern California Mediation Association presents the Cloke-Millen Peacemaker Award to an individual or organization in the dispute resolution community that inspires us through their passion and dedication to peacemaking. This year’s recipient is the Honorable George J. Mitchell, former Majority Leader of the United States Senate, who has devoted most of his career to diplomacy and the pursuit of peace.
A graduate of Georgetown University Law School, Senator Mitchell began his career as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, later serving as Executive Assistant to Senator Edmond S. Muskie of Maine. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed Senator Mitchell to serve as United States Attorney for the State of Maine. Two years later, President Carter appointed Senator Mitchell to the United States District Court for the District of Maine. In 1980, the Governor of Maine appointed Senator Mitchell to complete the unexpired term of Senator Muskie, who had resigned to become United States Secretary of State. In 1982, the citizens of Maine elected Senator Mitchell to serve a full six-year term in the United States Senate, reelecting him again in 1988. From 1989 – 1995, Senator Mitchell served as Majority Leader of the United States Senate, where he was widely respected by his colleagues on both sides of the political spectrum.
In 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed Senator Mitchell to serve as United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, where he was instrumental in leading the negotiations that resulted in the historic Belfast Peace Agreement, also known as the Good Friday Agreement. In 1998, Senator Mitchell was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and also received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth. In 1999, Senator Mitchell received the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — for his role in the Northern Ireland peace negotiations.
In 2006, Senator Mitchell was selected by Bud Selig, Commissioner of Major League Baseball, to lead the investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
In 2009, President Obama appointed Senator Mitchell to serve as Special Envoy for Middle East Peace.
The author of several books — including “Making Peace: The Behind the Scenes Story of the Negotiations that Culminated in the Signing of the Northern Ireland Peace Accord,” “The Negotiator: A Memoir,” and “A Path to Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East” — Senator Mitchell’s commitment to peace is perhaps best captured in his own words:
“I believe there’s no such thing as a conflict that can’t be ended. They’re created and sustained by human beings. They can be ended by human beings. No matter how ancient the conflict, no matter how hateful, no matter how hurtful, peace can prevail.”
For his illustrious accomplishments as a diplomat on the world stage, SCMA is proud to honor Senator George Mitchell with the 2016 Cloke-Millen Peacemaker Award.–>
Keynote Speaker, Sen. George Mitchell
This year’s keynote speaker, and recipient of the Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award, is the Honorable George J. Mitchell, former Majority Leader of the United States Senate. He will introduced and presented with the award by Forest “Woody” Mosten.
With Senator Mitchell’s illustrious accomplishments as a diplomat in mind, the goal of this year’s conference is to explore how we as mediators can better employ our communication skills and our empathy to fulfill our promise as peacemakers — whether in our personal lives, developing a parenting plan between divorcing parents, resolving litigated disputes or on the world stage between hostile countries. From the ongoing battles over religious freedom laws to the rancor and divisiveness which have characterized this year’s political debates, there has never been a greater need for the wisdom of trained mediators.
The success of our Conference is a direct result of not only the attendees, but also the sponsors. In return for a financial commitment, the sponsors receive various benefits.
Kick-Off Dinner Reception
SCMA’s 28th Annual Fall Conference will open with a Reception Dinner on Friday, November 4, 2016 at The Huntley Santa Monica Beach Hotel, beginning at 6:00 p.m., where we will be honoring Dr. Betty Gilmore, with the L. Randolph Lowry Award. (See more below)
In addition to the L. Randolph Lowry Award presentation, we will be honoring the winner of the Southern California Mediation Association Education Foundation Directors Award, recognizing of the SCMA 2016 Mentees and installing the next SCMA Board and President.
Dinner and Drinks included. Space is strictly limited to 100 guests. Early Bird Ends 10/15/16.<!–
L. Randolph Lowry Award
The L. Randolph Lowry Award to a member of the dispute resolution community who has honored and inspired us through their passion and dedication to education in the field of dispute resolution. The award is presented at the Friday Evening Kick-off Dinner Reception. We are proud to announce that the recipient of the 2016 L. Randolf Lowry Award is Dr. Betty Gilmore.
Dr. Betty Gilmore
Dr. Gilmore serves as director and faculty within the Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at Southern Methodist University where she teaches a variety of graduate courses in conflict engagement and peacebuilding. She also teaches for The Werner Institute for Negotiation at the Creighton School of Law and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law.
Prior to her work at SMU, she worked as a program director for the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas School of Law. She provided a wide range of ADR services including multi-party mediation to governmental agencies, policymakers and others involved in public disputes.
Dr Gilmore delivers training and professional presentations both nationally and internationally in the areas of conflict engagement, peacebuilding and human rights. She is the co-author of the book, “The Darkest Hour: Shedding light on the impact of isolation and death row in Texas prisons”, and is featured in the accompanying documentary.–>
Where to Stay
The following are hotels close to Pepperdine and their contact information. Some of the hotels listed offer “Pepperdine Rates” so be sure to mention that you’re attending the conference.
Requests for Proposals
We welcome proposals that are unique, cutting edge, outside-the-box and/or interactive, as well as those which may be more traditional, theory-based or practice-oriented. We encourage workshops that focus on different forums, career opportunities, and emerging markets for mediators. While we prefer proposals that are likely to generate broad interest and appeal, more narrowly-tailored proposals — geared toward specific practice areas — are also welcome.
Proposals must be submitted on or before July 15, 2016, and we expect to notify panel organizers by July 31, 2016 if they have been selected to present at the conference.
THE PROPOSAL DEADLINE HAS PASSED AND WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING PROPOSALS. THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SUBMITTED PROPOSALS.