LACBA to Wind Down its Civic Mediation Project
LACBA’s Civic Mediation Project Closed on July 1, 2017.
LACBA’s Civic Mediation Project was founded in 1978 as Neighborhood Legal Services in response to the recommendations of the National Conference on the Causes of Popular Dissatisfaction with the Administration of Justice (Roscoe Pound Conference).
The Conference resulted in a recommended alternative to adversarial and costly litigation – the establishment of community-based centers that offer mediation services and train community volunteers to serve as mediators. The timing of the recommendation dovetailed with the national movement to empower neighborhoods and develop local, community-based leadership.
Since it was founded, more than 100,000 people have utilized the Project’s services, which included:
- Community Mediation which helped to resolve all manner of disputes as an alternative to costly and time-consuming litigation. Disputes ranged from neighborhood and family disputes to landlord-tenant matters and small claims disputes. Services were available to residents and workers in LA County.
- Youth Peer Mediation Programs which taught students constructive problem-solving and social/emotional skills, as well as early intervention violence prevention, where students learned to mediate peer-to-peer conflicts by practicing concrete, positive skills as alternatives to verbal and physical violence. The program served John Adams and Lincoln Middle Schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu School District; Carnegie Middle School, Carson High School, Rancho Dominguez Preparatory, and Maclay Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
- Mediation Training and Consulting included basic mediation training for practitioners and many other courses and workshops on mediation and topics related to conflict resolution theory, practice and skill development. Customize courses were tailored to the needs of community organizations, business groups, social service and law enforcement professionals as well as educators.
- Day of Hearing Mediation Services for unlawful detainer matters in the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, CA.
LACBA thanks the hundreds of staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders who contributed so much to CMP over the years.
For those seeking mediation services, there are a number of organizations that can assist you. You can find descriptions and contact information for LA-are mediation providers at the following webpages: