Last week, we had the real honor of presenting at the International Bar Association annual meeting, in Boston. Countries from all over the world sent attorney delegates to the conference. The panel, organized by the family law section and the mediation section of the IBA, featured 6 inspiring speakers (including us!). Two lawyers and human rights activists, one from Pakistan and one from Nigeria, were most memorable. The attorney from Pakistan described her work in a patriarchal legal system in which a woman attorney cannot even acknowledge documents. Because of the tremendous backlog in the courts, the cultural and legal bias against women, she has worked to bring mediation to the courts to help families settle their support and property issues. The attorney from Nigeria described a case of international abduction from the UK to Nigeria, which is not a signatory to the Hague convention–and how she fought the courts, the government and even the child’s school on his behalf and eventually, through mediation, won his return to the UK. We were honored to be a part of a program with such brave, intelligent and dynamic lawyers from around the world.