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)
Registration Now Open
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.
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.