McGeorge School of Law

Roussos Wins Ninth Circuit Case

September 24, 2009

Professor Athena Roussos

Professor Athena Roussos

Professor Athena Roussos won a U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision issued on September, 4, 2009, involving an international custody dispute.

Roussos represented the father, George Petroutsos, a dual citizen of the United States and Greece who was the respondent-appellant in a case heard on July 14, 2009, in San Francisco. Judge Richard Paez wrote the opinion for a unanimous panel, which included Judges Marsha Berzon and Procter Hug Jr.

The panel agreed with Roussos’ assessment that a Greek court’s misapplication of key provisions in the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction undermined a decision to deny Petroutsas’ original petition. The 9th Circuit ruling reversed and remanded the matter to the district court.

It was the second major appellate victory for Roussos this year. In March, the California Supreme Court found in favor of her client in a case involving the constitutionality of a statute that allows guardians to adopt the children under their guardianship.

Professor Roussos teaches Global Lawyering Skills I and II. She is certified as a specialist in Appellate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and maintains her own appellate practice in Elk Grove.