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International Child Abduction Risk: Overview of The Hague Convention, Its Enforcement and Drafting Appropriate Parenting Plans. 1.2 MO MCLE Hours Sponsored by the Family & Juvenile Law Section of BAMSL

When: Friday, December 6, 2013
From 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Clayton Plaza
7730 Bonhomme Ave.
Saint Louis, Missouri  63105
United States
Contact: Shannan Deemie
314-421-4134 x 3120

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International Child Abduction Risk: Overview of The Hague Convention, Its Enforcement

and Drafting Appropriate Parenting Plans.


1.2 MO MCLE Hours 

This seminar will help participants identify families at-risk for child abduction and understand The Hague Convention and how it applies to international custody disputes.   Participants will learn how to draft parenting plans to prevent abduction before it occurs or withstand scrutiny by a foreign court should abduction take place.



Cynthia Garnholz, Esq.

Cynthia Garnholz has been practicing law for over thirty years and was awarded her Juris Doctorate at Washington University.   She is a partner at The Center for Family Law, where her practice is entirely devoted to assisting families in matters including divorce, custody, support, paternity, probate and estate planning.  She is also a collaborative practitioner, mediator, and guardian ad litem for children in family court proceedings. Ms. Garnholz regularly serves as a special prosecutor in Domestic Violence Court, where persistent violators of orders of protection are prosecuted, and as a court attorney for adult abuse matters where she assists the court in developing parenting plans for children to have safe contact with parents involved in adult abuse proceedings.

Ms. Garnholz is a founding member of the Collaborative Family Law Association where she has served as board member and officer, and is actively involved in the International Association of Collaborative Practitioners (IACP), Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Women Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis, and the Missouri Bar. 

She presently serves as a provisional judge for St. Louis County Municipal Court and as an alderman in the City of Clayton.


Paola Arzu Stange, Esq.

Paola Arzu Stange, Esq. is a Managing Partner of Stange Law Firm, PC, a law firm she co-founded in 2007 with husband, Kirk C. Stange, Esq. Paola is a Collaborative Family Law Attorney, a Mediator, and a Guardian ad Litem.  Paola’s inclination toward management and numbers steered her to the business side of practicing law.  Ms. Stange has been instrumental in the growth of the firm, which now includes eight offices and 19 attorneys in the St. Louis metropolitan area in Missouri and Illinois.  According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Stange Law Firm ranks as one of the St. Louis areas largest law firms. "Six firms are new to this year’s list.  Stange Law Firm and eight other firms ranked 52nd. . .”

Ms. Stange is on the Board of Directors for Kids in the Middle, a high honor she accepted in 2012.

Prior to her practice at Stange Law Firm, PC, Ms. Stange served as a volunteer with Legal Aid and has tried numerous domestic family law cases.  She served as counsel in domestic jury trials in Georgia and is a graduate of the prestigious ABA Family Law Section Trial Advocacy Institute. 

Ms. Stange was one of five Guardian ad Litems selected by St. Louis County Circuit Court Staff and Judges in 2011 to receive the Outstanding Volunteer Domestic Violence Guardian ad Litem Award.  She also served on the St. Louis County Rules Committee in 2010 where new local court rules were drafted and ultimately adopted.

Ms. Stange received her Juris Doctorate at Emory University School of Law where she was a member of the Moot Court Society.  She was recognized by local judges and law school professors as a distinguished member of the Lamar Inn of Court for her skills as a litigator.

Ms. Stange has been selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star through Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers in 2013. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor


The Honorable John R. Essner

Judge Essner was appointed associate circuit judge in July 1999.

For more than twenty years Judge Essner was an attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and was responsible for direction of the Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Judge Essner is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the St. Louis County Bar Association, the Lawyers Assoication, Women Lawyers Association and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Judge Essner resides in St. Louis County with his family.


Program Chair:

Cynthia Garnholz, Esq., The Center for Family Law


Program Agenda:

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration/Lunch

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Program


In-Person Registration:

Student Members - No Lunch FREE

Student Members - Lunch $20.00

BAMSL Members - No Lunch $15.00

BAMSL Members - Lunch $35.00

Non Members - No Lunch $40.00

Non Members - Lunch $60.00


eCLE Webcast Registration

BAMSL Members $20.00

Non Members $40.00

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