• Monday, August 08, 2016 9:14 PM | Stephen Weaver (Administrator)
    Registration Link:
    Date/Time: 8/10, at 6pm, USC School of Law

     invites you to attend its






    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2016

    6PM – 8PM

    699 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90089 





    • SCMA Members - $25.00 ($45 after 8/5/16)
    • NON-SCMA Members/General Public - $75.00 ($95 after 8/5/16)
    • SCMA Sustaining Members - Free




    Forest Whitaker has long been known as one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and versatile actors, having received the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2007 for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.”  What may be less well-known is his social activism. Believing that communities and nations must heed the voices of their diverse and vibrant youth, Forest Whitaker established the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, which is committed to providing educational tools and better living conditions to young women and men living in regions touched by violence, war, and poverty.

    In addition to serving as founder and CEO of Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, Mr. Whitaker is co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace, has been designated a UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, and, in 2016, was appointed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group.

    Mr. Whitaker’s artistic and humanitarian contributions have been widely recognized at home and abroad. In 2001, he was awarded theHumanitas Prize. In 2007, he received the Cinema for Peace Award for his ongoing advocacy for child soldiers and his work with inner-city youth. In 2008, he was a member of President Obama’s Urban Policy Committee. In 2012, in recognition of his contributions to the values embodied by the United Nations, Mr. Whitaker received the United Nations Correspondents Association’s Advocate of the Year Award. In 2013, Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center named him a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow. That same year, he was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in recognition of his work serving those affected by conflicts and violence. In 2014, he started collaborating with the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict as an Advocate for Children Affected by War, a topic on which he was invited to speak before the UN Security Council in September of that year. 

    Mr. Whitaker believes that ordinary people can and must come together to change the world. In his own words, “Even a seemingly small action can cause ripples that make an enormous impact."

    The Southern California Mediation Association is honored to present its 2015 Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year Award to Forest Whitaker.

  • Thursday, August 04, 2016 2:18 PM | Stephen Weaver (Administrator)

    Registration Link:


    DATE:  Monday, August 15, 2016 - 12-1:30 pm 


    The Supreme Court's Current Term and Implications for the Future

    Don’t miss Dean Erwin Chemerinsky deliver what promises to be another enjoyable and enlightening discussion of recent US Supreme Court decisions. 

    Erwin Chemerinsky is one of the country’s foremost legal thinkers and experts on Constitutional Law. He is the author of seven books, numerous articles, and a regular column on the United States Supreme Court carried by California Lawyer, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and Trial Magazine. He is Founding Dean of University of California, Irvine School of Law. 

    Dean Chemerinsky frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.  

  • Thursday, July 21, 2016 1:51 PM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    Partner-sized office sub-let wanted.   Accomplished Santa Monica employment & business litigation trial lawyer seeks a new office (after 11 years in his current location) with a secretary bay/area and room for some filing cabinets.  Also need access to a conference room for depositions.  Interested in moving by the end of August.    Please contact Jeffrey Cowan at either or (310) 394-1420

  • Monday, July 18, 2016 10:48 AM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    On July 12, 2016, the Santa Monica Bar Association hosted its annual summer party at the Pacific Palisades home of past president Sandra Segal Polin, with over 70 attorneys, mediators and professionals in attendance.  The membership also voted in new Board of Trustee members Joanna Chen (Cislo & Thomas LLP), Sarah Christian (Gilbert & Stern LLP) and David Gharakhanian (GP Law Group) for the 2017-2019 term.  They will be installed in October at the Installation Dinner.


  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016 12:37 PM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    Mark Fingerman, Esq., SMBA Board Member and mediator with ADR Services, Inc., put together a terrific evening at the beach with great food and an inspired atmosphere that allowed our judges to spend some time with the SMBA.  Thank you to all who sponsored and those who participated.  Here are some shots of the event. 


  • Friday, April 01, 2016 5:09 PM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    Thanks to everyone who came to today's lunch featuring Howard Breuer and his strategies for getting published with the most appropriate reporters and media outlets.  Here are a few shots of the event.


  • Monday, February 08, 2016 8:06 PM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    The Santa Monica Bar Association's Employment Law Section has appointed Jon Weinman, Esq. of Broslavsky & Weinman, LLP as this year's chair (second from right).  The section is joined by Cynthia E. Fruchtman, Esq., Caroline Vincent, Esq. , Peter Marx, Esq., John McDowell, Esq., and Zack Broslavsky, Esq. (pictured from left to right), along with Rae Lamothe, Esq., Debra Warfel, Esq., Frank Hakim, Esq., and Roxanne A. Davis, Esq. (not pictured).  They are excited to bring the latest in topics and the best in speakers to the Santa Monica community.  Contact Jon Weinman if you are interested in becoming more involved in this section.

  • Saturday, February 06, 2016 7:56 AM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    Pepperdine Law’s Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law, in conjunction with the Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship & the Law, is hosting their Spring 2016 Symposium, entitled Corporate Structure in an Emerging Market: Rethinking the Lawyer’s Role in Local Business Trends on Thursday, March 03, 2016, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at 1210 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. For more information, click here.

  • Friday, February 05, 2016 9:06 PM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    In February, we had a three member panel speak on the ABCs of the ADA:

    What All Attorneys Need To Know.  Mediator/ADA expert, David Geffen, Esq., (center) plaintiff counsel, Anthony Goldsmith (right), and defense counsel, Amber Roller, Esq. (left) of Ogletree Deakins, gave a presentation through questions and answers, interaction with attendees, electronic visuals, and written materials…and prizes too! 

    David G. Geffen is an engaging and motivating speaker and educator who appears as an expert and commentator on television and radio, in magazine and newspaper interviews, and in film documentaries. No matter the media or the size of the group, he connects with the audience, relying upon humor and stories to illustrate, stimulate, and entertain.

    Amber Roller is an associate in the Labor and Employment practice in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Ms. Roller received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). She went on to receive her J.D. from Southwestern Law School in 2010, where she graduated with honors. While attending Southwestern Law School, Ms. Roller was a member of the Southwestern Law School Moot Court Honors Program. Prior to practicing Labor and Employment, Ms. Roller practiced civil litigation in the area of insurance defense.

    Anthony Goldsmith is a civil rights attorney and member of the legislative committee of Californians for Disability Rights.

  • Wednesday, February 03, 2016 10:42 PM | Catherine Schmidt (Administrator)

    UCLA hosts an annual Mock Trial Tournament for the benefit of California schools.  Local and national mock trial tournaments were held at the UCLA Anderson School and Law School in January.  The Santa Monica Courthouse has been selected as the venue for the Opening Round of the National Championship (ORC) to be held March 12-13, 2016.

    Volunteer as a presiding trial judge or as a scoring judge at the Santa Monica Courthouse.

    This tournament determines which 6 teams in the Western U.S. will qualify for the National Championship.  Presiding judges will rule on objections and introduction of exhibits, while scoring judges will rate the students' performances. 

     This year's case involves a criminal prosecution of a bribery case. No prior criminal or trial experience is necessary.  You'll see college students present Openings, Closings, Direct Examinations, and Cross Examinations. Some of the top teams in the nation will compete, and most of the California colleges will be there (UCLA, USC, UCI, Cal, Stanford, etc.).  This tournament helps prepare all the local schools for the national tournaments.

    If you have any questions, please email Gonzalo Freixes, Associate Dean, UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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