SCMA’s Select a Mediator Directory has grown to include over 170 listings. We are working in two directions to improve its usefulness.
First, in the course of a planned website upgrade, we plan to make the directory more prominent, and to improve its appearance and functionality. We want the directory to be a more visible resource for the legal community and the broader community to go to find a mediator. We expect the planned website improvements will greatly contribute to that goal.
Second, we plan to continue to promote the directory. We are working with the LA County Superior Court to spread awareness of this resource among the judiciary. We are also working with a number of local bar associations to put on programs and get the word out to their members about the existence of this valuable tool to find qualified mediators.
The mediation world in Los Angeles County has been rocked by the disappearance of the court’s mediation program. SCMA is working hard to fill that void.
Here is how our members can help: Spread awareness of the SCMA Select a Mediator program among your colleagues and friends. Whenever someone laments the absence of the court’s ADR program, you can tell them how easy it still is to find a lot of those mediators on the SCMA directory, and how the directory offers more choice and flexibility than the court’s program. The more everyone promotes the directory, the more everyone listed in the directory benefits.
Members listed in the directory should also take a few minutes to improve their own listings. In particular, we have noticed that a lot of members have not filled out the professional description and bio summary in their listings. Yet these are the most prominent features of your listings, and the best opportunity you have to provide a compelling description of the skills you are offering. Part of improving the appearance of the directory must be done by mediators themselves. Those who offer more than a bare bones profile are performing a great service in letting users appreciate the talent available on SCMA’s website.
Please call Anne Sawyer with any directory-related questions, and she will be happy to guide you through the process.