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St. John’s University, New York Law Journal Note O’Melveny’s Pro Bono Representation of Teenage Girl Opposing Repatriation

August 07, 2013 O’Melveny & Myers’ successful pro bono representation of a 15-year-old girl opposing repatriation to Hungary received coverage from St. John’s University and New York Law Journal.  The July 20, 2013, article published on St. John’s website describes how O’Melveny partner Gregory Jacob, counsel Karen Koniuszy, and associate Courtney Wen stepped in to advise the young girl on her motion to intervene in a proceeding initiated by her father seeking to compel her return to Hungary under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.  As New York Law Journal noted on August 6, 2013, the Hague Convention requires respondents to “prove that a child is so settled into a new environment that repatriation would not be in his or her best interest.”  The report quotes Judge Paul Engelmayer’s July 26, 2013, opinion denying her father’s petition.  “She is today settled for the first time in her life.  Her acclimation and assimilation to the United States are in fact exceedingly impressive,” he said.

Jacob is a member of O’Melveny’s Labor and Employment and Financial Services Practices, and resides in the Firm’s Washington, DC office.  He regularly advocates for children who are victims of physical or sexual abuse, providing pro bono services in a variety of cases.  Koniuszy is a member of the Securities Litigation Practice, and resides in O'Melveny's New York office.  Wen is a member of the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice, and resides in the Firm’s New York office.