Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jun. 7, 2007

Section news: Individual Rights & Responsibilities and Young Lawyers Division

Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section Council hosts panel discussion on international child kidnapping

The Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section Council invites you an open meeting on Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m. (location to be announced). The meeting will feature a multi-faceted panel discussion on the criminal and civil issues that arise in cases of international child kidnapping. 

Adrian Hernandez, a "left-behind" parent, will describe his experiences making the travail through the legal system from the Worcester County Probate Court to Italy under the Hague Convention. The attorneys will provide a summary of the applicable legal structure, including the strengths, weaknesses and available tools, and recount their experiences in this fascinating and unfortunately growing area of law, which can take an attorney form the local probate court to far-flung foreign shores.

The panelists include:

Adrian Hernandez, who has been described as the "perfect victim" because he has pursued his child custody case from Worcester to Italy. He has dutifully obeyed the dictates of the law at every step and, still, his child remains in Italy with his mother;

Timothy Feeley, Esq., an assistant U.S. attorney. Among other duties, he is the immigration coordinator for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts. Feeley has also prosecuted several well-known cases, including Richard Reid, the "shoe-bomber," and has handled the investigation and prosecution of several cases of international child kidnapping; 

Barry Pollack, Esq., a partner in the firm of Sullivan & Worcester, and former assistant U.S. attorney. His current practice includes representing victims in international child kidnapping cases.

The discussion will be moderated by Jack Zanini, Esq., legal counsel and chief of appeals in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

If you are interested in attending this meeting, please [e-mail jstevens] by Tuesday, June 19. Attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis due to the limited space available.

Young Lawyers Division holds end-of-year meeting and reception

YLDPhoto1The Young Lawyers Division celebrated its first year as a division with a final meeting at the MBA’s Boston office, and food and drinks at the West Street Grille. 

Young Lawyers Division members: Look for the next issue of Young Lawyers Journal to arrive within the next two weeks.

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