In this recent article in the Los Angeles Business Journal by Deputy Editor, Neal Koch, Susan Guthrie is featured with colleagues, Jeff Kichaven and Eleanor Barr, discussing the many benefits of online mediation and how the practice is "Screen Tested" as video-conferencing makes a big difference.
Each year SCMA presents the L. Randolph Lowry Award to a member of the dispute resolution community who has honored and inspired us through their passion and dedication to education in the field of dispute resolution.
The award is named in honor of L. Randolph Lowry, one of the founders of SCMA and an educational leader of the mediation movement in Southern California for many years. Lowry taught law at Pepperdine University and established the Pepperdine Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He is currently the President of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
The recipient of the 2020 L. Randolph Lowry Award is Susan Guthrie. Susan was a visionary and leader in moving towards on-line mediation during the past 5 years and took her leadership in this area to the next level during 2020. As the Covid-19 situation put a screeching halt to the in-person mediation process that we had been accustomed to, Susan proactively reached out and made available to thousands of people at all levels, education and tips on how to mediate in the new online world. Her programs were in such demand that she put a temporary halt on her mediation practice to devote full time to this effort. Susan is a role model in the spirit that this award is all about!
Jim Melamed, Board Chair of Mediate.com, has announced the establishment of a blue-ribbon Online Mediation Training Task Force, to be headed by Forrest R. (Woody) Mosten, to make recommendations on best practices and possibilities for both generally training mediators online and training to perform online mediation. This Online Mediation Training Task Force will work with leading mediation organizations, professional mediators, academics and researchers in formulating findings and recommendations. Mediate.com is convening the Online Mediation Training Task Force and is providing technical support, information distribution and publicity.
Forrest (Woody) Mosten (MostenMediation.com and MostenGuthrie.com) has agreed to serve as Task Force Chair. In addition to his own long-standing mediation practice and trainings, Woody has previously served as Chair of the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM) Consultation Institute and as Convenor for the 1999 Symposium on Training Mediators for the 21st Century (as well as as Editor of the related Family Court Review Special Issue - January 2000). The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) has also recently embarked on a joint venture with Woody to provide ongoing training to Collaborative Professional trainers in 2021. We are thrilled that Woody is taking on a leadership role with the Task Force!