BA, University of Rochester; MA, American University School of International Service; JD, Pace Law School
Melissa A. Kucinski is an attorney, mediator, author, and educator specializing in the areas of family law, cross-jurisdictional divorce and custody cases, mediation training, and child advocacy. A frequent lecturer in professional continuing education programs, including for the American Bar Association, she is a member of the Women’s Bars of D.C. and Maryland, the American Bar Association, Montgomery County Maryland Bar Association, D.C. Bar Association, and the International Law Association. Professor Kucinski has served as chair of several committees and task forces within the ABA that relate to international family law and international family mediation. She produced a training and co-trained U.S. mediators to handle complex cross-border custody cases, and she has been invited to Tokyo, Japan to train mediators to handle cases under the 1980 Hague Child Abduction treaty. She has been in private practice for her entire career in D.C. and Maryland, recently opening her own firm. Professor Kucinski also served three months in 2013 as a consultant to the Hague Conference on Private International Law. She serves on several committees within the Uniform Law Commission, including as one of two ABA representatives to its Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Family Laws. Professor Kucinski is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.