DEN HAAG, NEDERLAND– Two years ago, I sat in this very room at Hometown Coffee & More, sweating the fact that I was about to launch what I hoped would be the key to my business. As I clicked “Publish”, this blog was born. And what a ride it’s been. Without a whole bunch of guidance and encouragement from some amazing lawyers and other professionals, this wouldn’t have been possible. Some thanks are in order, most notably to Dan Harris of the China Law Blog, Ted Folkman of Letters Blogatory, and Peggy Lukken of, well, of the sort of women that only happen once in a generation.
And a huge word of gratitude to the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law– folks who take time out of an incredibly demanding diplomatic calendar to lend a hand to practitioners like me.
Most of all, I thank the lawyers who are kind enough to follow my posts here, comment on them– positive and negative, find me on Google & use what I’ve posted, and in many cases call me up and hire me to carry water for them in peculiar areas of civil procedure.
On that subject, I must highlight three treaties that are critically important to American litigation: the Hague Service, Evidence, and Apostille Conventions. But I also want to make a prediction: in the next several years, two more will make an impact on family law in the U.S. The Child Abduction and Child Support Conventions are not widely known or understood in the States, and it’s my goal to come back to Home Town Coffee in two years and say I lived up to my plan to highlight and publicize them to litigators back home. Family law is an often thankless business, often focusing on the worst part of people’s lives. I want to do what I can to lessen the blow at least a little bit.
I hope you’ll come along for the ride. Thanks for being here over the past two years.
Update, March 22, 2019… note Rijnstraat 8, the glass & steel structure in the picture at the top here. It’s the subject of some consternation on the part of those in the Foreign Ministry who would dance on the job.