While we had many great programs and successes this past year, our crowning achievement was our 31st Annual Mediation Conference where our theme was “The 21st Century Mediator: Take Your Practice to the Next Level.” We had nearly 300 individuals in attendance and were graced with keynote speeches from two foundational leaders in our field – Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, recipient of the L. Randolph Lowry Award, and Professor Leonard Riskin, recipient of the Cloke-Millen Peacemaker Award. We also had an inspiring speech from Sarai Benitez, the inaugural recipient of the Kids Managing Conflicts Young Peacemaker Award.
Our conference would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors and partners, including our lead and educational sponsors and partners – the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Negotiations, Conflict Resolution & Peace Program at California State University – Dominguez Hills, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, the USC Gould School of Law Center for Dispute Resolution, the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, Mediate.com, and the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. Thanks to each of you for your contributions! We also thank our Mediation Fair participants!
We had several great workshops, including our Advanced Track session facilitated by our lead conference partner and sponsor the American Arbitration Association. The Advanced Track focused on the seven (7) specific mediator behaviors and techniques that parties and advocates find most appealing and effective. The AAA rounded out the discussion at our Closing Plenary session featuring AAA Vice Presidents Harold Coleman and Michael Powell, Ken Cloke, Professor Menkel-Meadow, Professor Riskin, and SCMA Board Members Susan Guthrie and Ana Sambold.
Our other workshop presenters were well-prepared and presented on topics designed to help mediators grow their practices. Among the presenters were our sister organizations Kids Managing Conflict (KMC) and MC3. KMC updated us on their work in developing peer mediation programs at our local schools and reminded us of the importance of creating peacemakers at an early age.
In addition to announcing its official launch, MC3 provided attendees an update on the mediation certification process and what to expect for the future. SCMA is proud to be MC3’s partner in delivering the “Litigation Nuts and Bolts” course in support of the MC3 certification. We had the first session of this course on November 16, 2019 at USC Gould School of Law. Many thanks to past SCMA Past President Phyllis Pollack for serving as the lead instructor for this course, supported by Richard Peterson, Director of the USC Gould School of Law Center for Dispute Resolution program. We encourage you to continue to support the work of both KMC and MC3.
We are hard at work planning a great series of programs for you for 2020, including our 3rd Annual Family Mediation Conference which will take place a bit earlier this year on February 28 and 29, 2020 in Costa Mesa. Forrest “Woody” Mosten will be the keynote speaker for this event!
2019 Conference Highlights
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