Speaking Engagement

Melissa Honored to Present for Hague Child Protection Anniversary

Melissa has been invited to speak at the 25th anniversary celebration for the Hague Child Protection Convention. The Child Protection Convention is a multilateral treaty covering a broad range of civil measures to protect children in cross-border situations. The United States signed this treaty in 2010, but has not yet ratified it. Melissa sat as …

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Melissa to present at AFCC Conference

Melissa is honored to present alongside James Netto from the International Family Law Group in London at this fall’s Association of Family and Conciliation Court’s Conference. Melissa and James will bring their perspectives, advice, and practical experience to a discussion about representing children in their parents’ high-conflict international disputes, including international parental child abduction cases. …

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Melissa co-hosts online forum for Mediate.com

On Friday, May 7, 2021, Melissa co-hosted an online forum for Mediate.com to discuss standards, ethics, and new technologies for mediators who conduct their mediation process remotely, and for trainers who support mediators by offering educational courses. Melissa discussed the work she did as chair of a Mediate.com Sub-Committee examining the cross-jurisdictional issues that arise …

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Melissa Guest Lectures at Rutgers Law

Melissa was honored to guest lecture for Professor Maritza Rodriguez’s Family Law Class at Rutgers Law School during the Spring 2020 semester. She spoke on the topic of mediation and dispute resolution and its importance in the field of family law, including in international cases.

Melissa to teach for Maryland Judicial College

Melissa will be co-lecturing in February 2021 on the topic of international custody cases to the Maryland Judicial College. The online webinar will cover topics ranging from the Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, the interplay between domestic custody cases and the Hague Child Abduction Convention, and child abduction prevention.