Speaking Engagement

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 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 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.