Partners Valerie ArnoldScott Rodman, and Zachery Kretchmer attended the American Bar Association’s International Family Mediator Training at The Hotel Rouge in Washington, D.C., during November of 2013.

“The American Bar Association is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, with nearly 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities.  It is committed to doing what only a national association of attorneys can do: serving our members, improving the legal profession, eliminating bias and enhancing diversity, and advancing the rule of law throughout the United States and around the world.

Founded in 1878, the ABA is committed to supporting the legal profession with practical resources for legal professionals while improving the administration of justice, accrediting law schools, establishing model ethical codes, and more.  Membership is open to lawyers, law students, and others interested in the law and the legal profession.”

The three-day training session focused on mediation of international family legal issues covering multiple areas of International Family Law including The Hague Convention, International Child Abduction, International Child Relocation and Custody Determinations, Immigration Law, Domestic Violence, and Military Family Law.

Presenters at the training conference included Michael S. Coffee, Kerstin Bartsch, Melissa A. Kucinski, Marguerite Smith, Morna Ellis, and Preston Findlay. All ABA-recognized attorneys from across the country.

Resources:  American Bar Association, “About the American Bar Association,” Dec. 2013