International Family Mediation Training

In 2013 and 2015, Melissa chaired two weeklong advanced international family mediation trainings for the American Bar Association. She designed and taught a two-day international family mediation training for the Tokyo Bar Association in Japan in 2014. Melissa believes that training is a key element in any mediator’s background to ensure competence and foundational skills. Melissa offers tailored services to work with you or your organization to design and execute advanced international family mediation trainings or continuing education, based on your audience’s needs and current skill level.

Melissa is an educator by nature and has lectured globally on the use of international family mediation in complex child abduction cases, is published in scholarly journals on advanced issues in international family mediation, including the use of Online Dispute Resolution, and is an adjunct law professor at the George Washington University School of Law, teaching its International Family Law course since 2010. Melissa is a member of a working group founded under the umbrella of International Social Service in Geneva, Switzerland, to create standards, best practices, educational components, and a network of international family mediation resources. Melissa has been presented awards by the American Bar Association for her design and execution of the successful international family mediation training and her chairmanship of two highly successful international family law conferences. Melissa is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and sits on its Dispute Resolution Committee, coordinating its international family mediation initiatives. She values the role of education as one of the core elements of creating competency in daily practice, and can work directly with you or your organization to ensure your needs are met.

Melissa and her trainings advance the principles in the Hague Conference on Private International Law’s Guide to Good Practice Under the Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction – Mediation; the Hague Conference’s Principles for the Establishment of Mediation Structures in the Context of the Malta Process; and International Social Service’s Charter for International Family Mediation Processes.

Continuing Legal Education

Melissa is a frequent lecturer on international family mediation, cross-border custody disputes, parental child abduction, and the role of the child’s voice in family law proceedings.