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Melissa works with Canadian Institute to organize advanced mediation training

Melissa is honored to be included in the organization of an international family mediation training with the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (Canada). The two-day training will be June 16 and 17, 2022, and held virtually. It will include a range of advanced topics from international law, Canadian law and procedure, advanced mediation skills …

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Melissa quoted by the Associated Press

On April 22, 2022, Melissa was quoted by the Associated Press about the recent case of a California father who is seeking the return of his child from Ukraine. The child and mother relocated from Ukraine to Russia, further complicating legal remedies. You can read the article here.

Melissa interviewed by Washington Post

Melissa was interviewed by the Washington Post about the Hague Child Abduction Convention and its applicability in a recent case where a California father alleged that his son was removed from California and taken to Ukraine by the child’s mother. There have been ongoing proceedings in California and Ukraine.

Melissa to Teach at University of Bologna Summer Program

Melissa is among a skilled lineup of international faculty who will be teaching at the University of Bologna School of Law’s annual summer program on Transnational Litigation. The program will be held from July 18-23, 2022. Melissa will be lecturing on two consecutive days on topics ranging from the U.S. perspective on international parental child …

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Melissa Co-Chairs International Family Law Conference

Melissa is the primary organizer and co-chair of a full day conference on advanced international family law issues on April 26, 2022. The conference is sponsored by the American Bar Association, and hosted by Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. The topics include panels on foreign marital property regimes and prenuptial agreements, diplomatic immunity in family …

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Melissa Re-Appointed to State Department Advisory Committee

On December 29, 2021, Melissa was re-appointed to the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. ACPIL is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, chaired by the Legal Adviser of the State Department, and administered by the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law.

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.