International Cross-Border Family Mediation Training

May 6 (online) & May 20, 2019

This program is open to family mediators who want to advance their mediation skills to work more productively with families where cross-border parenting issues arise. This training will help family mediators issue-spot potential issues that require additional discussion and consideration between the parents, and help the mediator have a more sophisticated understanding of how to approach these complex multi-jurisdictional situations.  The training will cover the legal and practical aspects of international custody, child relocation, and child abduction that may arise when a family’s background includes more than one jurisdiction.

This 2-day training will be held in two parts. 

Part 1 will take place on May 6, which consist of a online training that will provide a solid foundation for a mediator’s multi-jurisdictional family practice and cover fundamental issues, such as different models and styles of cross-border family mediation used globally, legal frameworks, and building a network to help mediators with these complex cases. 

Part 2 will be held in-person at the UC Hastings Law School campus in San Francisco on May 20, 2019, and will cover discussions on advanced mediation skills, addressing power imbalances, implicit biases, mediator self-awareness, cross-cultural issues, the role of children in international mediations, and using technology to facilitate a multi-jurisdictional mediation session.   Part 2 will include hands-on exercises.

Trainer

Ms. Melissa Kucinski is the owner of MK Family Law, PLLC in Washington, D.C. As part of her law practice, she mediates complex cases that span multiple states and countries. In 2013, Ms. Kucinski consulted for The Hague Conference on Private International Law.   She has authored over a dozen publications, many with a focus on cross-border family mediation, including on cross-cultural issues and the use of technology and distance mediation as a tool for families.   She has presented at nearly 50 national and international conferences on cross-border family cases.   Most recently, Ms. Kucinski chaired an International Steering Committee for International Social Service in Geneva, Switzerland, and was designated as a Legal and Mediation Expert to an international delegation to The Hague Conference’s 7th Special Commission meeting on the Practical Operation of the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions.   She sat as an advisor on several past delegations for the U.S. government, including for The Hague Conference’s 6th Special Commission meeting in 2011, and a delegation that traveled to Tokyo in 2014 to discuss bilateral operation of The Hague Child Abduction Convention with Japan’s Foreign Ministry.  While in Tokyo, Melissa conducted a 2-day mediation training for Japanese family mediators.  She designed a 40-hour international family mediation training offered by the American Bar Association in 2013 and 2015, and is working with the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution in the D.C. metro area to offer advanced cross-border family mediation training.  Ms. Kucinski, a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and active on its Dispute Resolution Committee, is a panel mediator for 5 separate state and federal courts in 3 different jurisdictions in the United States.

About the trainer:

Ms. Melissa Kucinski is the owner of MK Family Law, PLLC in Washington, D.C.   As part of her law practice, she mediates complex cases that span multiple states and countries.   In 2013, Ms. Kucinski consulted for The Hague Conference on Private International Law.   She has authored over a dozen publications, many with a focus on cross-border family mediation, including on cross-cultural issues and the use of technology and distance mediation as a tool for families.   She has presented at nearly 50 national and international conferences on cross-border family cases.   Most recently, Ms. Kucinski chaired an International Steering Committee for International Social Service in Geneva, Switzerland, and was designated as a Legal and Mediation Expert to an international delegation to The Hague Conference’s 7th Special Commission meeting on the Practical Operation of the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions.   She sat as an advisor on several past delegations for the U.S. government, including for The Hague Conference’s 6th Special Commission meeting in 2011, and a delegation that traveled to Tokyo in 2014 to discuss bilateral operation of The Hague Child Abduction Convention with Japan’s Foreign Ministry.  While in Tokyo, Melissa conducted a 2-day mediation training for Japanese family mediators.  She designed a 40-hour international family mediation training offered by the American Bar Association in 2013 and 2015, and is working with the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution in the D.C. metro area to offer advanced cross-border family mediation training.  Ms. Kucinski, a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and active on its Dispute Resolution Committee, is a panel mediator for 5 separate state and federal courts in 3 different jurisdictions in the United States.

Standard Registration Fee - $650

Early Bird Registration (ends Jan 31, 2019) - $550

Hastings Faculty/Staff/ Alumni Discount - $550

MCLE credits will be awarded. To receive MCLE credit, you must sign in and out during the designated MCLE registration period (details will be provided in the program). UC Hastings is an approved MCLE provider.

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