Melissa listed in Washingtonian’s Top Divorce Lawyers

Melissa was listed among the D.C. area’s top family law attorneys in the Washingtonian Magazine’s December 2021 ranking. She is one of only 17 lawyers in the city who are listed. She is the only lawyer who focuses her practice on international divorces and custody disputes on the list. The Washingtonian ranks family lawyers annually.

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 appointed co-chair of the ABA’s International Family Law Committee

At the conclusion of the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in August 2021, Melissa became co-chair of the ABA International Law Section‘s International Family Law Committee. This committee is highly regarded as one of the leading U.S. voices in international family law. Melissa previously co-chaired this committee from 2007 to 2009. During her prior tenure, …

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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-authors comprehensive text on International Family Law

On July 16, 2021, West Academic released its newest text, Kucinski, Hale, & Coffee’s Family Law Across Borders. This casebook provides a comprehensive, accessible, and up-to-date analysis of family law from comparative and private international law perspectives. The casebook addresses some of the most intimate and legally complicated situations in which cross-border families find themselves, …

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Melissa honored by Best Lawyers

Melissa is honored to be named by Best Lawyers as a top Family Lawyer in Washington, D.C. and among the Women in the Law for 2021. Recognition by Best Lawyers is entirely peer review.

Melissa continues work on State Department Advisory Committee

Melissa attended the annual meeting of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law (ACPIL) on May 25, 2021. ACPIL was established in 1972 by the U.S. Department of State, and assists “the State Department [to] monitor domestic and international developments in private international law, and provides information to the Department for …

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