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Dear Abbas:

I am so happy that I finally attended your Cultural Competency Seminar, on Saturday, July 28. It was an interesting seminar, to say the least. I learned a lot and it was one of the most enjoyable seminars I have ever attended. It was an excellent program, with a great mix of speakers with different backgrounds. The lunch panel with the judges was very informative. We need more seminars like this, where we receive feedback and information from our judicial officers.
I was impressed by the number of judicial officers who both attended the seminar and participated as speakers.

Congratulations on a wonderful seminar. Very truly yours,

A. Peter Trombetta

August 1, 2018

Good Morning Mr. Hadjian,

I am writing to thank you for such a wonderful seminar. I am an immigrant from Guatemala who has been practicing Family and Immigration Law for 16 years. My clientele is about 90% Spanish speaking. Cultural norms and behavior play a big role in most of my cases. I find myself explaining the American Legal system to my clients who don’t understand certain behavior is not acceptable. I always wondered whether the Judicial Officers understood and took into account these considerations. It wasn’t until I attended the Seminar and heard the Judicial perspective that it clicked. All along I was hoping they understood and all along all they want it for me to make them understand. It was such a fulfilling seminar. I am grateful to have attended and I will not miss next year.
I appreciate that Judge Tabaddor was present to give us the Immigration Judge perspective and look forward to more immigration/family law conversations.

Best Regards,

Monica V. Marroquin, Esq.

August 1, 2018

July 29, 2018

You’ve created the forum for like mind folks to lead- as Kennedy said: So, let us not be blind to our differences--but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.

All the best to you.
Thomas Trent Lewis
Supervising Judge
Family Law Division

July 30, 2018

Thank you again for an amazing seminar. I know that you will carry your organization skills to the IOC.

L. Ernestine Fields, Esq.

July 28, 2018

Excellent and informative event. Thank you for including me.

Hon. Laura A. Seigle

July 30, 2018

Thank you for putting on a well thought out, well organized and well attended program. I’ll be joining IALA immediately.

Sehba Sauleha Arif, Esq.

July 30, 2018

Abbas: Another amazing seminar! I thank you and the team that put it together. I think this year I may have been the first to sign up and hope to be again next year. Thanks again!
PS- loved the shirazi (and all the food)!

Steven P. Spitzer, Esq.

July 30, 2018

Dear Abbas:
It’s always a pleasure when I see you... I want to thank you once again for your invitation and hard work in making the Cultural Competency seminar so successful and informative every year. You’re such an asset to our profession.

Jeannette J. Wright, Esq.

July 30, 2017

Thank you for allowing me to participate. It was the best experience I’ve had so far. It was the dream team of international family law experts. I could have done it all day long.
I thought our panel this year was a “scorcher” and if we hadn’t told people about Jeremy’s mishap, Jeremy appearing by skype would have appeared seemless and well planned.
The information was invaluable particularly the judicial view regarding allowing skype depos and trial appearances by witnesses which was of course re-enforced by Jeremy’s appearance.

Warren R. Shiell, Esq.

July 28, 2018

Abbas. Here’s a myth to debunk. It can be hard to get a divorce in England. Wow.
Here's a story from The New York Times that I thought you'd find interesting:
"The British Supreme Court grudgingly ruled that a woman must remain married to her husband. The court said it had never considered a case like this one."
Read Article

Judge Thomas Trent Lewis
July 30, 2018

Abbas, Sixth year in a row you’ve put on a great seminar!

Steven G. Hittelman, CFLS

July 30, 2018

Thank you so much for the most informative seminar. I truly enjoyed it and found it to be so educational.

Fariba Soleimani, Esq.