Early bird pricing will expire soon for the 24th Annual Southern California Mediation Association Conference on Saturday, November 3 at Pepperdine Law School.  The SCMA conference is co-sponsored by Pepperdine School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and is entitled, “The Working Mediator: Improving the Culture of Conflict”

The daylong conference begins with a Keynote Address by Kenneth R. Feinberg, recipient of the 2012 Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award.  As “America’s go-to guy in calculating life’s worth” and “America’s King Solomon” (Newsweek Magazine, 6/25/12), Feinberg has been key to resolving many of our nation’s most challenging and widely known disputes. He is best known for serving as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.  Feinberg was also recently hired to negotiate all claims arising out of the Penn State scandal and reportedly is being asked to become involved in allocating the more than $5 million in donations collected after the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.  Numerous workshops will follow his keynote address, in every area of mediation practice, along with an Advanced Track co-sponsored by the American Institute of Mediation (AIM).

I will be moderating a panel entitled “Crisis in the Courts,” in which we will consider how drastic budget cuts in the California state court system are presenting challenges and perhaps opportunities for mediators.

In addition, on Friday, November 2, there is a dinner/cocktail reception at the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica, honoring Peter Robinson with the L. Randolph Lowry Award and welcoming Mr. Feinberg. The guest speaker is Roger Wolfson, T.V. writer for the USA show, “Fairly Legal.”  It is sure to be a fantastic evening.

by Joe Markowitz

Go to: http://www.scmediation.org/24th-annual-fall-conference

for details and registration



Joe Markowitz has practiced commercial litigation for more than 30 years, both in New York City and Los Angeles, and has served as a mediator for more than fifteen years. He is a member of the Mediation Panels in both the District Court and Bankruptcy Court in the Central District of California. He is currently the president-elect of the Southern California Mediation Association. Website: www.mediate-la.com/