About Southern California Mediation Association

The Southern California Mediation Association, founded in 1989, is devoted to promoting mediation as a tool for resolving conflict. Mediation empowers parties to design their own solutions to disputes that might otherwise prove costly and cumbersome to resolve in court or arbitration. Mediation can also be used to solve problems that might not be suitable for court at all. SCMA provides resources for the public to learn more about mediation, and to find mediators skilled in assisting with all kinds of disputes. To find a suitable mediator, and learn more about whether mediation can help resolve your family’s or your business’s dispute, go to the Select a Mediator page.

Welcome to new Members October and November 2016!

  • Philip Adler • Robert Andersen • C. Robert Brooks
  • Laura Claveran Betsy Decyk  Daryl Dyer
  • Michelle Dornfest  Bruce Favish • Kristina Garabedian
  • Susan Guthrie  Eric Hamilton Sheila James
  • Cinda Jones  Lisa A Liebson  Mario Munoz
  • Donal O’Sullivan  Luis Rodriguez Marc Rosner
  • Esther Salinas  Katharine Schreier

Select A Mediator Online Directory

SCMA’s Select A Mediator Directory, Launched in 2013, provides an easy and useful directory of SCMA members who have completed 40 hours of mediation training, or the equivalent, and who currently serve, or have  previously served, on a recognized court mediation panel.

The directory can be searched by name, proximity to a particular zip code, areas of practice expertise, billing practices, and billing rates. Many members participate in a reduced rate program for members of the public who find mediators through the SCMA Mediator Directory.

Upcoming SCMA Events

SCMA presents many programs and events throughout the year ranging from Social to Networking to Education to Professional Development.

Mon 05

SCMA Pasadena Professional Development Group

December 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 09


December 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Writer’s Corner

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Don’t miss out on fantastic benefits like our Select A Mediator Directory as well as professional programs and networking events.

Mediation Confidentiality

California protects privacy in mediations because candor is essential to effective mediations.  But changes have been proposed.

SCMA is a trusted resource on this issue.

Calendar of Events

Find out and post professional training, development and special events by SCMA and other organizations.

President’s Message

News & Announcements

Forest Whitaker receiving the Cloke-Millen Peacemaker Award.

SCMA Summer Soiree Success

Mr. Whitaker shared that he grew up in South Central Los Angeles and saw many of the kids he knew "...drawn into lives of gangs and drugs and violence, and (he) saw how it robbed them of their futures." He further observed that "to truly transform a conflict, change must come from within...

Job and Career Opportunities

The SCMA is proud to introduce our new Job Opportunities directory. Looking for a Job? Have a Job to post?

SCMA Education Foundation

scma-ef-logo-wideThe SCMA Education Foundation’s mission is to support the education of mediators and increase public awareness of mediation so that it becomes the first option for conflict resolution in personal, professional and community disputes.

The Foundation supports the education of mediators of all ages and increased awareness of the benefits of mediation to the community.

Contribute today so the Foundation can plan its programs knowing that they are supported by the premiere mediation association in Southern California.