HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A federal appeals court will travel to Connecticut to hear a case involving a Virginia pastor convicted of helping a woman and her child flee the country and avoid a child custody dispute with her former lesbian partner.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is sending a panel to the University of Connecticut School of Law on Monday, under an occasional practice to hear cases across its territory of Connecticut, New York and Vermont.

Pastor Kenneth Miller is appealing his conviction in Vermont federal court in 2012 for aiding in international parental kidnapping. His 27-month prison sentence is delayed while he appeals.