The 28th Annual SCMA Conference, entitled “Discourse & Diplomacy: From Interpersonal Conflict to International Relations,” will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA.
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. 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.
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.
If you would like to submit a proposal for a workshop to be presented at the 28th Annual SCMA Conference, please fill out the form below.
Workshop Proposal Form