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Defenses to a “Hague” Action for the Immediate Return of a Child

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction seeks to protect children internationally from the harmful effects of their wrongful removal or retention from the countries of their habitual residence. In this month’s post, I will outline the key defenses that can be used in a Hague action for the immediate return… Read More »

Key Concepts of The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction

  The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction (“the Hague Convention”), effective October 25, 1980,[1] is an international agreement that establishes safeguards to inter-country adoptions, while working to ensure that an inter-country adoption is in the best interests of a child. As an appellate attorney, I have both represented a number of clients in Hague… Read More »

The Foundations of an Effective Brief: Research, Outline, and Edit

In both trial and appellate advocacy the primary presentation is done through written briefs, which are only as effective as they are helpful. These are the five points required in writing an effective brief:  Research Research identifies the essential elements of the case, the relevant case law, and any “magic language,” which, for persuasive advocacy,… Read More »