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SARASOTA COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION AUGUST 2017 VOL. 34, NO. 7 R I C H A R D R . GA R L A N D D I V E R S I T Y S C H O L A R S H I P Cultivating diversity and inclusion: Together, we benefit By Caroleen Brej, Esq. Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. I MEET THE 2017 RECIPIENTS OF THE RICHARD R. GARLAND DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP Left to right: Alexis Rosenberg, Esq., Intern Alexis Turner Garris, Judge Frederick Mercurio, Intern Tiffany Coleman, Charlie Ann Syprett, Diversity Committee Chair S C BA CA L E N D A R 2017–2018 Calendar of Events Mark your calendar! INSTALLATION DINNER n Wednesday, September 20 (Sarasota Yacht Club) GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS n Thursday, October 26 (Sarasota Yacht Club) n Thursday, January 18 (Michael’s on East) n Thursday, March 22 (Michael’s on East) n Thursday, May 17 (Sarasota Yacht Club) SPECIAL EVENTS n Monday, April 30 – WE ARE SARASOTA (Sara- sota Opera House) n Friday, May 4 – Bench Bar Conference (Hyatt Sarasota) n Monday, May 14 – U.S. Supreme Court Swear- ing-In Ceremony (Washington, D.C.) Be sure to read the weekly e-blasts to learn about upcoming Section meetings and CLEs. n her final speech as the first lady, Michelle Obama celebrated the importance of our nation’s diver- sity. “For all the young people in this room and those who are watching, know that this country belongs to you, to all of you, from every background and walk of life. If you or your parents are immigrants, know that you are part of a proud American tradition — the infusion of new cultures, talents and ideas, generation after generation that has made us the greatest country on earth,” Obama praised. After noting religious diversity as an American tradition, Obama extolled, “I want our young people to continue to learn and practice those values with pride. Our glorious diversity — our diversities of faiths and colors and creeds — that is not a threat to who we are; it makes us who we are.” See DIVERSITY , Page 9 FA M I LY L AW Family law with an international twist By DANA B. KEANE, Esq. Keane & Keane T o many attorneys, the local family courtrooms are a part of the courthouse they avoid like the plague. But for Sarasota County Bar member Carmen Gillett, her passion for family law extends well beyond the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. Gillett has been involved in litigating international family law cases since 2005, when she was hired in a case between two former spouses who were both members of the military. The husband had used the Florida court to gain sole custody of the parties’ two children by duping the wife and was hiding the children in Japan. While Gillett was able to get the custody order reversed in favor of the wife, Japan was not a signa- tory to the Hague Convention at that time and would not honor the Order. For those unfamiliar, the Hague Convention is a multilateral treaty that provides a means to expedite the return of a child who has been internationally kidnapped from one member country to another. Perhaps the Hague Convention case with which most of us are familiar involved an American child who was taken to Brazil for a short vacation by his Brazilian mother, who then refused to return and secured a divorce in Brazil. The mother subse- quently died, leaving the American child in the custody of his step-fa- ther, who fought the American father for custody. It took five years for the See FAMILY , Page 11