Southern California Mediation Association (“SCMA”)

31st Annual Fall Conference
November 1 & 2, 2019

“The Twenty-First Century Mediator:
Take Your Practice to the Next Level”

Event: SCMA’s annual conference will be held on November 1 & 2, 2019 at the LA Grand Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. This year’s honoree of the L. Randolph Lowry Award and our keynote speaker for Friday, November 1 is Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow. Our Cloke-Millen Peacemaker award and keynote speaker on Saturday, November 2, will be Professor Len Riskin.

What: We are excited to invite proposals for 12 workshops on our full conference day Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Focus of Workshops: Keeping with our theme we are looking for presenters or panels that will provide our attendees with enhanced skills, information, knowledge, or resources that will take their practice to the next level.

We have a wide breadth of mediators at different stages of their practice so when submitting your proposal please let us know at which stage is your target audience: the beginning mediator with 0-3 years of practice, the mid-level mediator with 4 – 12 years of practice, or the more experienced mediator with 13+ years of practice.

Areas that our members tell us they are interested in include: enhancing their mediation skills, breaking into the mediation field, growing their practice, emerging areas that could be a good niche to enter into, emerging technologies for holding a mediation (online, etc.), enhancing the marketing of their practice, and improving running the logistics of their business. Keep in mind that our attendees are at different stages of their practice and the focus of each of these areas could be different based on the target audience that you are trying to reach.

More Helpful Info

  • If your presentation is eligible for MCLE credits, we will ask you to provide copies of your presentations at a later date.
  • The allocated time for your presentations will be one hour and 10 minutes. This time must be strictly followed to allow time for our participants to network with each other and visit with our exhibitors.
  • Allow time for questions and answers. Feedback from past conferences tell us that our attendees prefer this versus the straight lecture format.
  • The second day of the conference, Saturday, November 2, will begin at 8:00 am and end at approximately 5:00 pm. Our opening plenary with our keynote speaker will be around 8:30 am. The workshops will begin at approximately 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm. These are estimated times which will be finalized as we get closer to the conference.
  • Presenters and panelists will be offered a discounted conference registration rate which includes the ability to attend all other workshops and activities of the conference on Saturday, November 2, 2019 (except for the Advanced Track, which is an additional cost).
  • Presenters and panelists are welcome to attend our Friday, November 1 opening night conference dinner and will be given a discounted price. The Friday night dinner includes honoring Carrie Menkel-Meadow, who will receive the L. Randolph Lowry Award for her dedication to education in the field of dispute resolution.
Deadline for submission of proposals is August 9, 2019.

If your proposal is approved we will ask you to submit, at a later date all presenter and/or panelist biographies, with headshot, a short intro paragraph about your presentation that will be used in our conference brochure, and all conference materials including MCLE materials.

Please contact our conference chair Andy Shelby at andycshelby@gmail.com or our general SCMA contact info@scmediation.org with any questions regarding your proposal. We look forward to hearing from you.

Andy Shelby
SCMA Board of Directors

Workshop Proposal Form

We highly recommend that you draft the information offline first, copy/paste into the form, and keep a copy for your records.

Ready to Take Your Practice to a New Level?