MCLA is founded by members of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association (SFVBA). SFVBA recognized that because of the termination of the ADR program through the Los Angeles Superior Court System, there are thousands of litigants who do have timely access to the courts to resolve their cases through mediation. Mediation Center of Los Angeles was founded under the auspices of the SFVBA to educate the public about the need and value of mediation and to host a panel of professional, experienced mediators who could serve the needs of the public as a charitable organization.
SFVBA provided seed funding and has provided some administrative assistance to MCLA. Both entities, SFVBA and MCLA, operate independently financially and administratively. The organizations have cooperative working relationships and support each other’s activities.