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August 4, 2016

I want to personally thank Abbas for putting on another great program this year on Cultural Competency. For all of the judicial officers who presented and all of the other presenters, thank you so much for your time and effort. This is a labor of love and dedication for Abbas and his willingness and ability to do this every year, speaks volumes about the person and attorney he is. THANK YOU ABBAS.

Judy Bogen, Esq.
Chair, Family Law Section, LACBA
August 3, 2016

I thought Saturday's Cultural Competency Seminar program was great. I learned a lot, and that’s not always a sure thing. The potential to learn a lot is always there because the Cultural Competency Seminars cover topics seldom covered in other family law legal education programs. But it’s certainly not good enough to just have a program on unusual topics. Execution matters. For attendees to actually learn a lot means that the program has to be carefully designed and the individual speakers in fact have to be well prepared. I thought the speakers, even the large panel of judges at the noontime program, all came through very well this year. That doesn’t happen in every MCLE program. It did in this year’s Cultural Competency Seminar.
I have some idea just how much work went into organizing and pulling off the great Cultural Competency Seminars program that has now gone on for four years. Abbas Hadjian, Steve Zand and others deserve an incredible amount of thanks and credit for everything they all do. Those things includes getting sponsors to subsidize the heck out of the program, getting volunteers to provide a lot of service while the program goes on, creating the main themes of the program, recruiting really high-quality speakers and getting them to make and keep their presentations on point, publicizing the program (with success measured by the fact that it was a sell-out), and much more.
Thank you.

Commissioner Keith M. Clemens (Ret.)
August 3, 2016

Dear Abbas,
It was a pleasure to meet you, and it was my honor to be able to participate in such a wonderful conference. I especially enjoyed meeting so many diverse people who are working to cultivate cultural sensitivity and awareness in their professional practices.
Thank you for this opportunity, and I look forward to being able to attend more of these conferences/events in the future.

Warm regards,
Indhushree Rajan, Ph.D.
August 2, 2016

This was the best program of the series. I learned something from every panel.

Leslie Ellen Shear, CFLS, CALS and IAFL
August 1, 2016

Hi Abbas
I want to thank you again for the superb event you masterminded for the community on Saturday. I can't even begin to estimate how much time and effort you put in to organize everything. It all went off like a Swiss watch - right down to the last detail - even name plates for the panelists!
And the food was just wonderful too.
Again, thank you very much.

Hugh John Gibson, Esq.
August 1, 2016

Abbas---as usual, the program was outstanding! Thank you for letting me participate.
"Lunch with your Family Law Judges" continues to be the crown jewel of the program.

Seth D. Kramer, CFLS
August 1, 2016

Thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful program, and for allowing me to be a part of it this year. It was a great honor. I was so impressed by all of the speakers and do look forward to being a part of this seminar in the future. As we enter into an ever-changing and increasingly diverse society, it is incumbent on all of us to increase our awareness of our own biases, the limits of our knowledge and how the issues of intersectionality impact who we are and the clients that we serve. I applaud your efforts in encouraging others in this direction.
Thanks again for a great seminar.

Paula Bruce, Ph.D.
August 1, 2016

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Thanks for the excellent program Saturday.

August 1, 2016

Abbas: Thanks for such a great program and allowing me to be part of it. I note that it is having an impact on the bench since some of the JO’s said they now ask if there are any cultural issues that they should know about.

Warren R. Shiell, Esq. CFLS
August 1, 2016

Dear Mr. Hadjian,
Thank you and "khasteh nabashid" for the fabulous program yesterday. It was a great success similar to the previous years. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of it. I am truly honored.

Best regards,
Nellie Azimzadeh
August 1, 2016

Thank you for a tremendous program yesterday. I learned so much from experts who are experts in their own culture and shared their knowledge and experiences. The dialogue with judges, their personal stories, and the commitment to learning more from the audience, all created an atmosphere of trust and understanding.
Abbas, you bring us all together in a magical and powerful way. We are all indebted to you for your tireless contributions in raising cultural competence. I am honored to be a part of this compassionate and caring group of individuals (backed by wonderful organizations you all represent).

August 1, 2016

Dear all, I will ditto that, Ghitu! This is a unique program and so valuable in enlarging our view and understanding of the society we are now living in, and the people who will be seeking our services and appearing in our courts. We had several people who came down from Northern California to attend. I seriously doubt there is another program like this anywhere! Abbas has worked tirelessly each year to bring it about and to keep the dialogue continuing. We owe him a great debt of appreciation, and I too am honored to be a part of it.

Lynette Berg Robe, Esq.
August 1, 2016

I share Gitu and Lynette's comments. Great job Abbas. As I mentioned I am so proud of having appointed you to the lacba Family Law Section Executive Committee when I was the Chair. The Seminar remains so very important and so very timely.

Robert C. Brandt, Esq.
August 1, 2016

Thanks for allowing me to be a part of such a great program.
As, always your passion for educating the legal and mental health community that we cannot ignore cultural diversity is inspiring.

David Yamamoto, Esq.
August 1, 2016

Thank you for organizing such a magnificent conference and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of it!

Mauricio Leon de la Barra, Esq.
August 1, 2016

Abbas, You are a genius. This seminar is exactly what we all need. Thank you for making us all more conscious and culturally aware. It was such an honor to be part of your group.

Kelly Chang Rickert, CFLS
August 1, 2016

Thank you, Abbas. It was a pleasure learning from such distinguished ladies and gentlemen.

Anne MMeje, Esq.
August 1, 2016

Thank you Abbas and to all the speakers and volunteers that made this possible. It was a fascinating seminar and I was honored to be a speaker. Thanks for asking me. maria Maria Rivas Hamar, Esq.
August 1, 2016

Thank you Abbas for including me in the Q & A panel. It was my distinct pleasure to work with you and Laurel and Steve in the planning and presentation of this session. The program was informative, timely, and as always, a valuable addition to our ongoing learning and development as Family Law judicial officers and practitioners. Congratulations on another successful Seminar. Thank you Laurel and Steve – excellent leadership and teaching. Judge Convey
August 1, 2016

Dear Abbas: Thank you for including me in this Seminar. Despite my health challenges, I am glad you "encouraged" me to be a part of this amazing Seminar. I have always struggled in my practice on how to bring to the Court's attention the cultural issues involved in some of my cases, now I have more ideas on what to do. As I said on Saturday, I believe I am duty bound to share the information with other Nigerian /African Attorneys. Yes, I now know what motivates you to do what you do. Congratulations for an amazing Seminar. Looking forward to next year's Seminar. Sincerely, Amaka Ada Akudinobi,Esq., August 1, 2016

Abbas, I can’t thank you enough for letting me be a part of this incredible seminar for another year.
As with a fine wine (or, preferably, scotch) it keeps getting better with age.
Your efforts in bringing important information regarding the diversity in our Southern California communities, the impact on the courts, and the Court’s culture itself, paid huge dividends to those who attended and to those who will (undoubtedly) view the program online.
Each of the panels brought ground-breaking perspective to the issues of diversity and cultural differences, and the information provided will propel discussion within the bench and bar – and between the bench and bar – for years to come.
Congratulations on the well-deserved credit you will receive for this program. It will be tough to top next year!

Thx, Steven G. Hittelman, CFLS
July 30, 2016

A really great seminar. Thank you and everyone who worked so hard to make it a great learning experience.

L. Ernestine Fields, Esq.
July 25, 2016

Congratulations to Abbas Hadjian on another successful year presenting the Cultural Competency Seminar. This is one of the most unique multi-cultural legal events in the Los Angeles area, or anywhere for that matter. It touches all areas of our legal practice. I was very proud to be a faculty member last year, and the San Fernando Valley Bar wishes Mr. Hadjian and his co-presenters the very best success with this event.

The San Fernando Valley Bar
July 18, 2016

Your conference looks very interesting. It's obvious you've put in a lot of work. Congratulations for your efforts in trying to raise the consciousness of the legal community. With everything that's happening these days your work is more important than ever.
Hope you're doing well.

Judge ..... July 15, 2016

This seems like an important and very interesting seminar. I regret that I will not be able to attend, but I will be on vacation out of state.
Best regards,

Judge .....