The Southern California Mediation Association is excited to host its 35th Annual Fall Conference at The Straus Institute at Pepperdine University in Malibu on Saturday, October 28, 2023. As SCMA’s mission is to nurture, expand, and develop the practice, profession, and community of mediation, the conference theme is “Mediators in Action: Building Bridges and Empowering Choices.” This theme focuses on the role mediators play in skillfully motivating, connecting, and empowering people to come to successful resolutions to issues. Participants will engage in opportunities to connect with colleagues to share skills, techniques, and opportunities to facilitate connection and empower people throughout the mediation process.  

This year’s conference festivities will include:

  • A Friday Night Awards Dinner
  • Conference Keynote Speaker, Leila Yavari from Saving Innocence
  • Nine workshop choices
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Exhibitor Hall
  • Community Mediation Fair

You won’t want to miss this opportunity for career development and advancement and to hear and learn from some of the best in the field of alternative dispute resolution.

2023 Award Winners

Cloke-Millen Peacemaker

Each year the SCMA presents the Cloke-Millen Peacemaker Award to an individual or organization in the dispute resolution community who inspires us through their passion and dedication to peacemaking.

L. Randolph Lowry

Each year 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.

SCMA President Award

It has been a tradition that the SCMA President recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact to the organization and the mediation community during their term in office.

Leila Yavari

Prof. Stephanie Blondell

Leyla Balakhane &
Mark Lemke


Thank you to some of our key sponsors in partnering with us. Interested in sponsoring? Learn more here.

Friday Night Dinner Sponsors

Plenary Sponsor

Diamond Sponsors

Past Conferences

2021 Keynote

2020 Keynote

2019 Highlight Reel

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