“The event was amazing — and very thought provoking! I had no idea that Forest Whitaker was so involved with programs like that. And it was threaded beautifully with the concept of mediators as peacemakers. One of the best I’ve ever seen.”
Those are the words of Stephen Weaver, President-Elect of the Santa Monica Bar Association, one of the nearly 100 members and non-members who joined us for SCMA’s Summer Soiree last month.
Those who were able to attend already know that Stephen described the evening perfectly! And for those who weren’t able to be there, here is a link to video from the event:
In addition to the Summer Soiree, August was another great month for SCMA’s Professional Development Groups, with Pasadena, San Fernando Valley and South Bay all holding terriﬁc meetings.
If you still haven’t been to a Professional Development Group (PDG) meeting, there are a number of opportunities coming up in September:
On September 12th, the Pasadena PDG will meet at John Irwin’s new ofﬁce in Pasadena.
On September 13th, the Westside PDG will meet at Wendy Kramer’s home in Santa Monica.
On September 21st, the San Fernando Valley PDG will meet at Jim Cameron’s home in Encino.
On September 27th, the South Bay PDG will meet at Curt Surl’s ofﬁce in El Segundo.
And that’s not all that’s happening in September!
On September 15th, ballots will go out for next year’s Board of Directors and President-Elect. We anticipate there will be more candidates than openings, so please be sure to vote!
On September 16th, SCMA’s Attorney Outreach committee will be presenting a luncheon seminar in conjunction with the Desert Bar Association. Titled “Tips for a Successful Mediation,” the program is from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the Classic Cub in Palm Desert. Kudos to Bill Molfetta and Richard Lutringer for coordinating the event on behalf of SCMA.
Looking ahead to October, the San Diego PDG is planning a marketing program for October 6th. More details to follow in the coming weeks!
And be sure to hold the date of October 13th for SCMA’s 4th Annual Peer Mediation Program, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at USC’s Galen Center. This year, like last, a group of student mediators will describe the impact that peer mediation programs have had on them and their classmates.
Finally, the schedule of workshops for SCMA’s 28th Annual Fall Conference on November 5th will be announced shortly, but I guarantee you will not want to miss the closing plenary session.
Titled “The Power of Forgiveness and Compassion,” the closing plenary session will feature Franky Carrillo, who, at the age of 16, was convicted of a murder he did not commit. After spending 20 years in prison, he was exonerated with the help of the Northern California Innocence Project. I have heard Franky tell his story, and it is mesmerizing and inspirational! Franky will be joined by Professor Betty Gimore, director of the Center for Dispute Resolution at Southern Methodist University and co-author of “The Darkest Hour: Shedding Light on the Impact of Isolation and Death Row in Texas Prisons.”
Given that the opening plenary session will feature presentation of the 2016 Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award to the Senator George Mitchell, this is one conference you will want to attend from start to ﬁnish!
Early bird registration ends earlier than usual, so be sure to register in the next 30 days to take advantage of the reduced rates! To register, click here:
Anne Sawyer is an independent Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Consultant. In addition her private consultation practice, she is the Executive Director of the Southern California Mediation Association.
Her mission is to foster, support and promote mediators and other neutrals and to further increase peaceful resolution of conflicts. Raising public awareness as to the many values of mediation and increase its use to address a broad variety of public and private disputes in a confidential, safe and empowering process is her passion.