Golan v. Saada: A Recap

Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Webinar Description:

Get ready for the new school year by reviewing the recent Supreme Court case of Golan v. Saada. Join us as we discuss the case, its jurisprudential relevance for the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, its implications for domestic violence victims, and its relevance for your family law curriculum.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
  2. Apply the Hague Convention to domestic violence situations
  3. Explore how to teach the Hague Convention


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Solangel Maldonado, J.D., Eleanor Leanor Bontecou Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

Professor Maldonado’s research and teaching interests include family law, feminist legal theory, race and the law, and international and comparative family law. Over the past decade, her scholarship has focused on the intersection of race and family law and the law’s influence on social norms of post-separation parenthood. She is currently working on a book that examines how the law shapes romantic preferences and how these preferences perpetuate racial hierarchy and economic and social inequality.

Professor Maldonado is one of the reporters of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law (in progress) and co-editor of Family Law: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 7th ed. 2019) (with Judith Areen, Marc Spindelman, and Philomila Tsoukala) and Family Law in the World Community (Carolina Academic Press, 3rd ed. 2015) (with D. Marianne Blair, Merle H. Weiner, and Barbara Stark). She also serves on the editorial board of the American Bar Association’s Family Law Quarterly.

Prior to joining the Seton Hall faculty, Professor Maldonado was a litigation associate with Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, LLP and with Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood in New York. She also clerked for then District Court Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., now on the United States Court of Appeals. She received her B.A. from Columbia College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. She has taught at Cardozo Law School, the University of Illinois College of Law, and Columbia Law School, where she was a visiting scholar in the Center for the Study of Law and Culture in 2015-2016.



Karen R. King, J.D., Partner, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC


Karen R. King has more than 20 years of experience in complex commercial litigation, BSA/AML and OFAC compliance and enforcement matters, securities litigation and regulation, internal investigations, and strategic advice. She is a skilled trial attorney and advocate, representing clients in numerous federal and state courts, including in jury and bench trials. She has also represented multiple global institutions before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Department of Financial Services, the Federal Reserve, FinCEN, OFAC, and FINRA.

In March 2022, Karen argued the groundbreaking case, Golan v. Saada, before the U.S. Supreme Court. To listen to the audio recording, click here. In 2021, Karen was named a “Notable Woman in Law” by Crain’s New York Business. She is also a recipient of the Federal Bar Council’s Thurgood Marshall Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Service and the Pro Bono award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Her pro bono clients include Asian police officers, survivors of domestic violence, students with learning disabilities, and victims of gun violence. She serves as the Co-Chair of the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and is a member of the Federal Bar Council and Second Circuit Pro Bono panel.

Karen received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2000, where she was an editor of the Journal of Law and Technology, and her B.A. from Yale University in 1997. She speaks Mandarin.



Rhona Schuz, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Child and Family Rights, Shaarei Mada VeMishpat Academic Center; and Editor, Mishpacha B’Mishpat


Prof. Rhona Schuz is the director of the Center for Child and Family Rights at the Shaarei Mada VeMishpat Academic Center and editor of the journal Mishpacha B’Mishpat. Her main areas of expertise are international child abduction, private international law, legal relations between parents and children and child rights. Her research deals with a variety of topics in these areas, including: The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction (including a comprehensive book), tort law, choice of property between spouses, the child’s right to participate in proceedings concerning him, the child’s right to know his biological parents, use To the detriment of the child rights discourse (in the context of the recommendations of European organizations regarding circumcision)

Prof. Rhona Schuz was a member of the Shipman Committee for the Examination of Child Support in the State of Israel (2006-2012). She represented the International Society of Family Law (ISFL) in The Hague Conference on Private International Law’s 6th and 7th Special Commissions on the Child Abduction Convention of 1980 and the Child Protection Convention of 1996 (2011-2017 and 2012) and is an active member of the International Association of Child Law Researchers (IACLaR).

Prior to joining the faculty at the Academic Center, Prof. Shuz was a lecturer in the Faculties of Law at the University of Nottingham (England), the London School of Economics and Bar-Ilan University. In 2014 she was a visiting professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Vienna in Austria. Prof. Xuz holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Cambridge (first class) and a doctorate from the University of London.



Merle Weiner, J.D., Philip H. Knight Professor of Law, University of Oregon School of Law


Professor Weiner has taught Civil Procedure, Domestic Abuse Law, Family Law, Children and the Law, International and Comparative Family Law, Family Law Policy, Torts, Advanced Torts, and Adjudication and Courts.

Merle Weiner graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College. There she won the Keasbey Memorial Foundation Scholarship, an award granting two years study at Cambridge University, and the Hannah T. Croasdale Award, for most improving the quality of life for Dartmouth women. At Cambridge University, Professor Weiner earned an LLM with First Class Honors. She then attended Harvard Law School and obtained her JD, cum laude. At Harvard, Professor Weiner was the co-chair of the Women’s Law Association, and was an editor on the Harvard Women’s Law Journal.

After law school, Professor Weiner clerked for Chief Justice Jay Rabinowitz of the Alaska Supreme Court. She was awarded a Women’s Law & Public Policy Fellowship, which allowed her to supervise law students in the Sex Discrimination Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. She also practiced securities litigation with Sherman & Sterling in the firm’s San Francisco office from 1992-1995. Professor Weiner began teaching at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she taught Family Law, Family Law in the World Community, and Domestic Abuse Law. Professor Weiner is admitted to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Oregon, and California.

Professor Weiner was the founder and faculty director of the UO’s Domestic Violence Clinic. For twenty years, she ensured the clinic’s existence by keeping the clinic funded with her grant writing and other fundraising efforts.

Professor Weiner has written extensively in the areas of family law, gender-based violence law, and international family law. She is considered an expert on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. She co-wrote the first US casebook on international and comparative family law, entitled Family Law in the World Community, which is now in its third edition. Professor Weiner’s book entitled A Parent-Partner Status for American Family Law, published by Cambridge University Press in 2015, argues that society should structure family law differently and create a legal status for two people who have a child in common. Professor Weiner has also focused on Title IX.  Her article, Legal Counsel for Survivors of Campus Sexual Violence, was published by the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism in 2017. Her article, A Principled and Legal Approach to Title IX Reporting, was published by the Tennessee Law Review the same year.  A recent article, entitled Civil Recourse Insurance, proposes a new insurance product that would help survivors of gender-based violence access the tort system.  Her latest article, You Can and You Should, was written to help trial courts apply the Hague Abduction Convention justly when the respondent is a domestic violence survivor.