Articles Authored by Melissa

American Journal of Family Law, Fall 2014, Vol. 28, No. 3, Guidelines for Direct Child Involvement in Contested Custody Litigation, co-author with Kaitlin Ball

ABA Dispute Resolution Magazine, Winter 2014, The Delicate Art of Mediating International Parental Child Abduction Cases

Co-Author, ABA Section of International Law, Year-in-Review, International Family Law (yearly publication)

Becoming the Tech Savvy Family Lawyer, ABA Family Law Section Book, co-author with Daniel J. Berlin

Creating a Successful Structure to Mediate International Parental Child Abduction Cases, American Journal of Family Law, Vol. 26, No. 2, Summer 2012

Growth Spurt Hits International Law Related to Children, Maryland State Bar Journal, Volume XLV, No. 1, January/February 2012

The Pitfalls and Possibilities of Technology in Mediating International Parental Abduction Cases, University of Missouri Journal of Dispute Resolution, Vol. 2 J. Disp. Res. 297 (2010)

Culture in International Parental Kidnapping Mediations, Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, Vol. 9, Issue III, 2009

New York’s Recognition of Same Sex Marriage, Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 3, Fall 2005

Evaluation of an Alternative Dispute Resolution Program in a Domestic Small Claims Court, Master’s Thesis, American University School of International Service, 2004

Melissa’s Speaking Engagements

Montgomery County, Maryland Bar Association – International Child Relocation – January 30, 2015 (Rockville, MD)

Maryland State Bar Association – February 6, 2015 – Advanced Best Interest Attorney Issues:  When Things Are A Mess… Spotting Risk Factors, Human Trafficking, Dud Parents and More!” (Annapolis, MD)


October 24, 2014 – New York, New York, Presenter, International Law Association, International Law Weekend, Implementation and Realization of the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children

September 15 – 16, 2014 – Tokyo, Japan, Co-Trainer, Tokyo Bar Association, international family mediator training
June 21, 2014 – Seattle, Washington, Presenter, American Bar Association, International Families Conference, Mediating International Children’s Cases
January 29, 2014 – Greenbelt, Maryland, Presenter, Presenter on International Child Protection to international delegates at US District Court
November 11 – 15, 2013 – Washington, D.C., Co-Trainer, American Bar Association, International Family Mediator Training
November 4 – 8, 2013 – Cyberweek – Online Moderator on Discussion on ODR in Cross-Border Family Disputes

August 9, 2013 – American Bar Association, Annual Meeting, How to Walk the Talk and Change the Conversation: Practical Insights from Women Who Have Risen Above the Glass Ceiling

May 1, 2013 – Teleseminar, ACR Family Section, Mediating International Parental Abduction Cases

April 4, 2013 – Chicago, Illinois, Presenter, American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, International Mediation: What Makes It Different?

October 26, 2012 – New York, NY, Presenter, American Chapter, International Law Association, International Law Week, Developments in International Family Law

November 29, 2011 – Rockville, Maryland, Presenter, Montgomery County Bar Association Family Law Section, Continuing Legal Education course on international child abduction and relocation law

November 3, 2011 – Washington, D.C., Presenter, International Social Services, panel presentation on international child protection and multi-profession approach to resolving issues

April 14, 2011 – Denver, CO, Presenter, American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Cross Border Disputes: Mediating International Custody, Relocation, and Child Abduction

February 18, 2011 – Miami, FL, Presenter, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Update on Mediation of International Family Matters

December 10, 2010 – Baltimore, MD, Presenter, Maryland Mediator’s Convention, Cross-Border Disputes: Mediating International Relocation, Abduction and Custody

October 22, 2010 – New York, NY, Presenter, American Chapter, International Law Association, International Law Week, Mediating International Parental Abduction Cases

July 2, 2010 – London, U.K., Presenter, The Centre for Family Law and Practice, Mediating International Parental Kidnapping Cases in the United States: Ethical and Practical Considerations for Mediators
on the Front Lines

June 23, 2010 – Seattle, WA, Presenter, King County (Washington) Bar Association, Mediating International Parental Abduction Cases Teleconference

May 21, 2010 – Washington, D.C., Presenter, American Bar Association, Panel Presentation on Mediating International Parental Abduction Cases