The sixth year of this annual program includes practical tips to understand and handle cultural mistakes and misunderstandings in your litigation and settlement practice presented by six panels of family law judicial officers and practitioners. The program is designed to identify, highlight, analyze and discuss interactions between cultural values and legal norms, and teach practitioners how to respect and implement cultural motivations in family law transactions and litigation without offending California public policies.
This program is presented by the Iranian American Lawyers' Association (IALA), in Association with the University of West Los Angeles, School of Law (UWLA); the California Lawyers Association, Family Law Section (FLS-CLA); the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA); and the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB). Cultural Competency in Family Law Practice was founded by Abbas Hadjian, CFLS, who organizes this annual seminar. Inquiries about this seminar should be directed to email@example.com.
Traditions and culture shape the expectations of the parties prior to entering into the marital relationship. Family law practitioners who overlook the impact of culture cannot adequately and competently protect their clients’ expectations. Family Law Courts often struggle between respecting the parties’ traditions and creating a fair outcome. Our esteemed panelists assist family law practitioners in navigating through cultural gridlocks and in incorporating traditions into premarital agreements at the drafting stage. They discuss issues that frequently arise in international premarital relationships, such as the validity and recognition of their premarital agreement domestically and abroad, choice of law provisions, the protection of foreign assets, the execution of an Affidavit of Support for immigration purposes, and cultural grounds for annulment of the marriage.
Speakers: Hon. Amy Pellman, Judge LASC; Noelle Halaby, Esq., CFLS; Lynette Berg Robe, Esq., CFLS; Elie Seyedian, Esq.
Moderator: Elie Seyedian, Esq.
This session explores how marriages are formed and terminated in multiple cultures by examining law and tradition in the U.S., Korea, and Iran.
Speakers: Hon. Firdaus Dordi, Judge LASC; Robert Brandt, Esq,; F. Fay Nia, Esq.; Jinna Kang, Esq.
Domestic abuse is a public health and safety concern that continues to impact women, men, and children across all racial, religious, and societal groups. Yet, domestic abuse manifests differently across these groups. Understanding the role of culture is critical in assisting survivors both inside and outside the courtroom. This presentation identifies these different forms of abuse, the barriers survivors often face when seeking assistance, how to dispel common myths attributed to survivors in a courtroom setting, and highlight new statutes and case law impacting survivors in a cross-cultural context.
Speakers: Hon. Mark A. Juhas, Judge LASC; Gitu Bhatia, Psy.D; Linda Bortell, Psy. D
Moderator: Shuray Ghorishi, Esq.
Our panel of family law judges discusses how culture affects the decisions they are asked to make in family law cases, and how family law practitioners can highlight important cultural aspects of their cases.
Participants: Hon. Christine Byrd, Judge, LASC; Hon. Michael J. Convey, Judge, LASC; Hon. Firdaus Dordi, Judge LASC; Hon. Diana Gould-Saltman, Judge LASC; Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis, Supervising Judge, LASC (Family Law Division); Hon. Amy Pellman, Judge LASC; Hon. Laura Seigle, Judge LASC; Hon. Ashley Tabaddor, (IJ-DOJ); Judge, LASC; Hon. Mark A. Juhas, Judge LASC; Hon. Joshua Wayser, Judge LASC
Moderators: Hon. Michael J. Convey, Judge, LASC; Laurel B. Brauer, Esq.
This panel identifies and highlights the cultural dimensions of child and spousal support and division of family assets. The panel identifies professional and practical challenges for lawyers in gathering information needed to negotiate judgments and orders or to litigate to get those orders. It addresses cultural aspects of effective enforcement of property division and support orders as well.
Speakers: Hon. Michael A. Convey, Judge LASC; Hon. Keith Clemens (Comm. Retired); Raymond Goldstein, Esq.; Steve Zand, Esq
Our esteemed panelists discuss the legal and practical aspects of international relocations both to and from the United States. They seek to address issues such as the impact of laws and their enforcement in foreign jurisdictions on custody “best interests” determinations, the applicable move-away standards in California and the enforcement of foreign custody orders. In particular, they focus on why it is important for family lawyers to understand the divergence (for a host of political, cultural and religious reasons) between the letter of the law and its application in many foreign countries.
Speakers: Hon. Dianna Gould-Saltman, Judge LASC; Jeremy Morely, Esq., Warren Shiell, Esq.
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