Pictured: Escondido Directing Attorney Mark Vezzola

On July 27, 2019, Escondido Directing Attorney Mark Vezzola spoke at a day-long event in Los Angeles called “California Kaleidoscope: Exploring the Intersectionality of Diverse Groups,” hosted by the Iranian American Lawyer’s Association in association with the University of West Los Angeles School of Law. Mark, along with Vida Castaneda, Senior Analyst at the Center for Families, Children & the Courts at the Judicial Council of California, spoke on a panel called “Co-Existence of Tradition & Modernity: The Native Americans’ Experience,” moderated by the Hon. Amy Pellman of Los Angeles Superior Court. The panel addressed more than sixty attorneys and judicial officers on important issues such as California’s dark history with tribes, historical trauma, tribal sovereignty, and cultural considerations in family law and custody contexts. The event was a great success.