From Westchester to Warsaw: What you need to know about international child abduction cases

Thursday, February 03, 2022
12:00 PM1:00 PM




From Westchester to Warsaw: What you need to know about international child abduction cases

Summary: Any family can be an “international” family in today’s world.  Military families, diplomats, immigrants, or simply high-asset families who travel often and own property overseas.  Family lawyers can increasingly expect to work with multi-jurisdictional, cross-border families, and when doing so, will inevitably run into the issue of child abduction.   Panelists will address the laws that family lawyers need in their tool kit, how to find resources and information to prevent and respond to child abductions, and when they should seek outside guidance to help on their cases.

Come and learn about Child Abduction Law from expert panelist and Haub Law Alumna: Melissa Kucinski, Esq.

Melissa Kucinski is a family lawyer and mediator based in Washington, DC who works predominantly with international families.  She routinely works with counsel throughout the United States and overseas, providing case support, strategy, and expert services on cases of international child abduction, abduction prevention, the UCCJEA, and enforcement and recognition of foreign judgments.  Melissa is a fellow of the IAFL, has served on international delegations to the last two Hague Conference Special Commission meetings on the 1980 and 1996 Conventions, is a member of the US Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law, is a member of the Uniform Law Commission’s Joint Editorial Board on Uniform Family Laws, has trained international family mediators in the United States and Japan, and has lectured globally on international family mediation and child abduction prevention.  You can find Melissa by visiting her website at

Register in advance for this meeting:   Pending Visitor Policies to campus there may be an in person option for this event as well (we will keep you posted)!

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February 3, 2022

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Credits:  Attorneys:  1.0 CLE Credit Professional Practice*

RSVP by January 28, 2021 to Lori Kanner; e-mail:

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Note: This CLE is complementary for Haub Law Alumni. There is a $50 tax-deductible program donation that we require for non-alumni interested in attending the program. Visit: and select "other" under designation and enter Haub Law School Annual Fund CLE.

*CLE Credits are approved.  This program is transitional and appropriate for experienced and newly admitted attorneys.  The Elisabeth Haub School of Law has been certified by the New York State Continuing Education Board as an accredited provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York.  Full and partial scholarships based on need are available.  For guidelines and information, please contact Debra M. Burg at (914) 299-5135.  All requests are confidential.

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