5, 2016
11/5/2016 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Status: Closed

The Southern California Mediation Association is proud to announce that our 28th annual conference,


This year's conference will be held at the Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Conflict Resolution in Malibu, California on November 5, 2016.

Established in 1989, the SCMA is the largest and most active mediation organization in California – and among the largest in the country. For almost 30 years, we have sought some of the best and brightest minds to present at our fall conference, and this year is no exception.

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.

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 byDRPA after lunch on Saturday, held in separate ballroom.
  • Advanced Track:  The return of the AIM Advanced Track geared for the more seasoned mediator 
  • 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. (REQUIRES ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION)
This year’s conference will offer up to five (5) full MCLE credits for participants and presenters, and will have different tracks to accommodate the unique interests of the mediation community.  We plan to present tracks in collaborative law (focusing on family law practice), advanced “practicum” training, litigated cases, world-view/community mediation, and the business and marketing of mediation.


In keeping with our theme from recent years, the American Institute of Mediation and Southern California Mediation Association will bring you the SCMA-AIM Advanced Track this year with an eye toward seeing new things in the same old rooms.  This year, in a unique and adventurous format, the AIM Faculty and guests will do its take on the movies RASHOMON and INSIDE OUT – taking the same fishbowl role play scenario, and viewing and analyzing it through multiple different lenses and perspectives.  This highly interactive exercise, facilitated by AIM founder Lee Jay Berman, and featuring Deborah Saxe, Esther Bleuel, and Carl Botterud, will be a lively viewing of one 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).  The goal is to help us all see what we may be missing when we focus on just one perspective in our mediations.  This workshop is intended to help seasoned mediators to open their eyes more widely, see different layers, and view the dispute that’s in front of them through different lenses, allowing them to open their minds, and expand the possibilities for potential resolutions.

Rather than individual, stand-alone break-out sessions, this workshop will be one continuous role play, with the mediator changing out between our faculty members / facilitators.  This session will have the feel of a regular full-day mediation – prepared, and also ad libbed, responsive to things that come up in the moment, and inclusive of all that is going on in the room.

Please be sure to check the prerequisite experience required to attend, and then register on the SCMA conference page.  Advanced Track attendees will participate with the full conference, attending the morning and afternoon plenary sessions, breaks throughout the day, and lunch, but rather than attending individual breakout sessions, they will attend the Advanced Track in Room G for the rest of the day.

 The American Institute of Mediation provides the Advanced Track pro bono each year as our contribution to SCMA and the mediation profession, and as a way to partner with SCMA and to draw the more seasoned mediators to the conference.  In addition to attending both plenaries, the Advanced Track will provide almost 4 hours of high-level programming, custom tailored to more experienced mediators, who are ready to see the next level of what's in front of them, and who need to be refreshed, recharged, and re-inspired!

Additional Registration Upgrade Needed 

Venue : Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway,

Malibu, CA, US, 90263

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