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SCMA 2001 Conference: Mediation Goes Mainstream

by Jane B. Garzilli
Jane B. Garzilli

Mediators will celebrate the widespread acceptance of their profession at SCMA’s annual conference “Mediation Goes Mainstream” on Saturday, November 3, 2001 in Malibu. Mediation has “arrived” and the SCMA is pulling out all the stops to crow about it.

Excitement is building in the mediation community as word spreads of prominent keynote speakers Joseph Folger, co-author of The Promise of Mediation, and Richard Barnes, Director of the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service.

Attendees will enjoy a dramatic view of the Pacific thanks to the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law where the conference will be held. Raffle prizes promise to be superb as generous donors have contributed mediation courses, a Palm Pilot, a free website, and MUCH more!

In keeping with the theme, innovative and interactive workshops will cover a broad range of mediation topics. Workshops will explore mediation in the context of healthcare, church, government agencies, public schools, employment, the U.S. Postal Service, and of course, the courts.

Ken Cloke will share secrets from in his new book Mediating Dangerously. High profile sports and entertainment law attorney Alan Rothenberg will reveal stories from the glamorous world of Resolving Sports and Entertainment Disputes. The Coalition for Cooperative Divorce will demonstrate its multi-disciplinary approach in Ending Impasse in Family Conflict.

Since credentialing is a hot topic, a diverse panel of experts will hold a lively debate on the salient issues. Should mediators be credentialed or licensed? If so, by what criteria? What standards should the mediation field broadly embrace, even if credentialing and licensing efforts are set aside? Who should determine criteria and standards? And, how would they be administered? Attendees will help frame and clarify these critical issues.

Comedy and banjo will highlight mediation’s less serious side. Debra Gerardi will reprise her sensational, standing room-only presentation on Using Improvisation to Teach Conflict Resolution Skills. Another presenter will demonstrate how to Play the Banjo for Fun and Profit in Multi-party Mediation.

Thorny ethical dilemmas regarding mediation as the practice of law, multi-disciplinary practice, and an attorney’s obligation to advise a client of ADR options will be addressed in various workshops. Legislation and case law impacting mediator confidentiality will be reviewed. Attorney-mediators will be able to earn MCLE credit for the day.

Early bird SCMA member registrants will be able to attend Saturday’s conference for only $135, non-members for $165. The price will include a full slate of workshops, lunch, a raffle ticket, book signings, plus access to the materials available from the many vendors and institutions with exhibition booths.

And, there’s another bonus: Anyone registering for SCMA’s Saturday, November 3rd conference automatically becomes eligible for substantially reduced fees on seminars to be conducted at Pepperdine by The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT) and on Thursday and Friday, November 1st and 2nd. These seminars include two days on Transformative Mediation taught by the ISCT staff, and one day (Friday) of practical instruction for Mediators Working on The Internet by Jim Melamed and John Helie.

Look for more details in future issues of the SCMA News. Save-the-date cards have been sent to all SCMA members. Conference brochures will follow. In the meantime, you can access complete conference agenda and registration materials on SCMA’s website at

Mediation has already gone mainstream! SCMA will celebrate in Malibu on Saturday, November 3, 2001. Join us at the conference to learn, network and enjoy!


An LLM graduate of Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and a mediator for over 10 years, Jane mediates complex business and partnership legal disputes, as well as interpersonal misunderstandings, conflicts, and legal claims in the workplace. Areas of concentration include entertainment, employment, higher education, and contract. Formerly an attorney and business affairs executive at Disney and at Columbia Pictures, Jane teaches negotiation at Pepperdine's School of Law and trains management and employees about communication and conflict. She specializes in cases with emotional components and cross-cultural considerations.

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