27th Annual Southern California Mediation Association Conference
Mediators as Agents of Social Change
November 6-7, 2015
Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA
The 27th annual Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) conference will explore the various ways in which mediators can become agents of social change in the world. Today, in addition to the role they play helping to resolve legal disputes, mediators regularly serve as educators, executive coaches, facilitators, leadership trainers, ombudsmen, therapists, business consultants, and architects of dispute resolution programs at all levels.
In today’s inter-connected world, there are numerous opportunities for mediators to support societal change through peaceful dialogue. From the ongoing battle over the legalization of same-sex marriage to the highly charged debates over interactions between police departments and minority communities, there are many areas in need of the leadership of trained mediators.
L. Randolph Lowry Award
SCMA’s 27th Annual Fall Conference will open with a cocktail reception on Friday, November 6, 2015 at Tiato in Santa Monica, beginning at 6:00 p.m., where we will be honoring Charles Chang, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC), with the L. Randolph Lowry Award.
The SCMA presents 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. This year’s recipient is Charles Chang, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC). Under Mr. Chang’s stewardship the APADRC provides vital services to assist members of the greater Los Angeles community to resolve a wide-range of conflicts through nonviolent means. The APADRC also works in schools to train students as peer mediators, helping to resolve issues like bullying, homophobia, and dating violence. In addition to the APADRC’s award winning peer mediation program, Mr. Chang developed a peer mediation start-up kit that allows schools that lack adequate resources, to develop peer mediation programs on their own. As a result of a partnership between the APADRC and the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) this start-up kit, which is available for free online, has been downloaded and used by thousands of teachers and school administrators throughout the United States.
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.