There is still time to register for the Southern California Mediation Association fall conference being held at Pepperdine University in Malibu on November 8, 2014. This year's conference, entitled "Roads to Resolution," will feature a number of panels discussing psychological considerations in mediation such as the psychology of greed, transference, the role of anxiety, and much more. Other panels will address innovations in the field such as mediator certification, organizational conflict management, the use of improv techniques in mediation, and various technological advances in the field. We are also for the third year in a row, featuring an advanced track for experienced mediators.

But the SCMA fall conference is not just for mediators and aspiring mediators. We are featuring panels on new opportunities to put mediation skills to use, new careers in conflict resolution, and opportunities to collaborate with other professionals. I am really excited about the quality of the presenters who have come forward this year. They have put together some thought-provoking materials which we are gathering on the online conference journal page, and have put a lot of time and effort into their presentations.

Our keynote speaker will be Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, being honored for bringing a more collaborative and problem-solving approach to the City Attorney's office. We will also be honoring Professor Russell Korobkin from UCLA Law School at a Friday night reception.

We're offering a wealth of information and a chance to connect with the Southern California mediation community. And it's worth the trip just for the scenery alone. For more information, click here.

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By Joe Markowitz

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: