It’s not too late to register for the SCMA fall conference at scenic Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, worth driving up to for the view alone. The program promises to be just as spectacular as the setting, with two institutes, on elder mediation and collaborative family law, scheduled for Friday, November 4, before the main conference on November 5. A few of the Saturday panels include online dispute resolution, intercultural mediation, confidentiality and ethics, ombuds programs, conflict management coaching, and more. To top it off, we will have a keynote speech from Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries.
I am excited to have the chance to moderate a discussion on developments in court ADR programs, featuring the administrators of both the Federal District Court and LA Superior Court programs, as well as two judges. I was originally supposed to help put together a panel featuring the producer and possibly the star of the TV mediation show Fairly Legal, but that unfortunately fell apart due to circumstances beyond our control. No matter. The three women (and one man) I’m sharing the stage with are going to be even more dynamic and interesting than the TV people would have been. Seriously! This main topic of this entire blog is figuring out how to integrate mediation into the court system. What could be nearer and dearer to my heart, then, than to have the chance to address that topic for over an hour with the very people who are trying to make that happen? Everyone within driving or flying distance who is reading this should plan to attend and come armed with good questions.