Melissa included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2023

Melissa was included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2023, released on August 18, 2022. “Best Lawyers awards are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The 29th edition of The Best Lawyers in America recognizes only the top 5.3% of elite lawyers in the nation across …

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Melissa Participates in U.S. State Department Advisory Committee Meeting

On Friday, June 3, 2022, Melissa participated in the annual meeting of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. Melissa has served as a member of the Advisory Committee since 2009. The Advisory Committee assists the U.S. State Department in monitoring domestic and international developments in private international law, and provides information …

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Melissa attends NYSBA Meeting in New York

Melissa attended the New York State Bar Association International Section meeting in New York on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Melissa is a member of the Section’s Executive Committee, and co-chair of its Family Law Committee.

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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