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2015-2016 Committee List

AAML/ABA-FLS Liaison Committee

This is a special committee appointed by the President and consisting of the President-Elect of the AAML, its First Vice President, the current AAML CLE Chair and the incoming CLE Chair, plus delegates from the ABA Family Law Section, including its CLE Chairs. The committee’s purpose is to keep the two organizations abreast of plans and issues that each of them are focusing on, as well as providing coordination and cooperation between them. This Committee is not open to new Members. 

AAML/AFCC Joint Committee

The AAML/AFCC is a special committee responsible for creating and producing the joint AAML/AFCC National Conference on custody and child related issues. Tasks include selecting topics and programs, picking speakers and following through to insure that the program materials are of the highest caliber and submitted on time.  The next conference is scheduled for 2015. 

AAML/AICPA Joint Conference Committee

The AAML/AICPA Joint Conference Committee is responsible for creating and producing the joint AAML/AICPA National Conference on Valuation and Tax Issues held every other year in Las Vegas.  Tasks include selecting topics and programs, picking speakers and following through to insure that the program materials are of the highest caliber and submitted on time. The Committee is limited to no more than six (6) members from the Academy.

AAML/NBTA Joint Committee

The AAML/NBTA Committee just completed an agreement to offer certification in Family Law Advocacy through the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) for our Fellows. The Committee ABA approved our AAML Exam as substantially equivalent to the NBTA Exam so that the AAML Exam will satisfy the ABA requirement for certification. There are other requirements for certification with the NBTA which will be examined closely so as to streamline the requirements for AAML Fellows so they can have the benefits of both organizations and the certification if they so choose.

Admissions Standards and Procedure Committee

This Committee addresses and studies Academy admissions process, standards and related issues. 

Amicus Committee

The Amicus Committee reviews requests for national AAML amicus participation in matters under the guidance of the amicus policies of the AAML and offers its recommendation as to AAML amicus participation to the Academy President of Academy state chapters. Membership in the Committee is limited by appointment of the President. 

Arbitration Committee

The Arbitration Committee is responsible for producing basic and advanced arbitration training programs in response to membership demand. In addition, the committee provides updates to Fellows on various arbitration topics including confidentiality, conflict of interest, practice techniques, etc. and serves as a resource for addressing issues relevant to Fellows providing arbitration services as a form of consensual dispute resolution. Membership on the arbitration committee should be limited to Fellows actually providing arbitration services as a form of consensual dispute resolution.

Budget and Finance Committee

Chaired by AAML Treasurer, this Committee addresses budgetary issues and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors regarding the budget and finances of the AAML, including the dues structure. 

By-Laws Committee

The By-laws Committee makes recommendations to the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors changes and improvements to the Academy’s By-laws.

Chapter Leaders Committee

The Chapter Leaders Committee plans presentations for the Annual and Spring meetings of the Academy. At these meetings we inspire the chapter leaders to improve their chapter's ability to draw new Fellows, inspire their current members, and to generate more revenue for their chapters. We create an atmosphere where chapter leaders can learn from each other and get new ideas.  We discuss education, networking, charitable ventures, and others ideas to expand the services that the chapters provide their Fellows and the community at large.

Collaborative Law Committee

The Collaborative Law Committee seeks to raise awareness and use of Collaborative Practice as a means to assist families in resolving their disputes in a respectful, amicable and constructive manner, focusing, in particular, on the needs of the children.Membership in this committee is not limited, though training in mediation or collaborative practice is recommended.

Continuing Legal Education  (CLE) Committee

The CLE Committee primarily functions to conduct the Continuing Legal Education seminars at the Chicago and Spring meetings. Typically, the CLE Chair appoints one person from the Committee to act as the Program Chair for each day of the seminars, or to manage other appointed Program Chairs. The CLE Committee members assist in formulating the subject matters to be covered in each of the two primary meetings by use of telephone conferences or as an adjunct to the main meetings.

Council of Committee Chairs

The Council is the AAML body that coordinates and controls all committee activities. It is tasked with ensuring each committee works in concert with the other committees in order to achieve its goals and complete its projects each year.

Diversity Committee

The mission of the Diversity Committee is to promote the principles of diversity and inclusion within the AAML membership and the family law legal system. The Committee’s goal is to implement programs and educate the fellowship in promoting these principles.

Domestic Tort Litigation Committee

The purpose of this Committee is to educate our Fellows on the effective and creative prosecution and defense of domestic torts, including assult and battery, alienation of affection, and wiretapping. 

Domestic Violence Committee

Domestic abuse is a pervasive problem within the families that we represent in matrimonial, custody, and visitation litigation. The purpose of this Committee is to develop resolutions to meaningfully involve the Academy in the National dialogue on this subject, including providing a common set of policies and procedures directed at providing a uniform, effective response to assailants in domestic assault cases. 

E-Discovery/ESI Committee

This committee works to advance the Fellows’ awareness of the changing law concerning ESI and E-Discovery, to give the membership tools to use to meet the new responsibilities placed upon us by the law and provide a knowledge resource for the members.

Family Privacy/Sealing Records Committee

This is a special committee established to study the issue of Family Privacy in the court system. The committee will research the status of rules and/or statutes around the country and will address issues that would be of concern to state legislatures and the judiciary in considering proposed rules/statutes that would seal all or portions of family division files in order to meet the goal of ensuring that family privacy is protected with respect to children and finances.

Guidelines for Child-Centered Residential Schedules Committee

The Committee is working on the development of a publication designed for use by parents, judges and lawyers in making appropriate decisions for access by parents of children who are no longer living together.

History Committee

The History Committee is charged with responsibility of attempting to preserve the records and history of the Academy from its inception some fifty years ago. The Committee is open to anyone who can contribute knowledge or information relative to our founding and the early years of the Academy. 

Impact of Special Needs Children on Custody and Financial Determinations Committee

The Impact of Special Needs Children on Custody and Financial Determinations Committee is tasked with compiling information on how the courts deal with the issues of special needs children not only from a custodial standpoint but also a financial one. The Committee will recommend programs, publications or other forms of education for our Fellows or the public in general on these issues. The Committee is working in conjunction with the CLE Committee to produce Seminars at our Annual Meetings. 

Institute for Family Law Associates Committee

The Institute for Family Law Associates Committee plans and presents a four day comprehensive training program which is specifically designed for associates of AAML Fellows.  Each June, Fellows from throughout the country teach and mentor the family law practice skills of associate attorneys on a variety of topics, including client and file management; understanding read 1040s and financial statements; divorce tax issues; evidentiary issues; basics of business valuation in divorce; and other practice hot tips.  Appointment to the Committee is limited.

JEB, NCCUSL Committee

The representatives of JEB, NCCUSL represents the Academy at the Uniform Laws Commission meetings and related meetings. Those representatives are appointed by the President. One seat opens in 2014, the other in 2015. 

Journal Editorial Board Committee

The Journal Editorial Board is responsible for publishing the AAML Journal. The Board meets three times a year to plan upcoming issues. Individual editors are assigned to a specific issue and are responsible for obtaining authors and supervising the editorial process.  Participation on the Journal Editorial Board is a major time commitment.

Law Office Management Committee

The Committee collects, analyzes and recommends ways to efficiently operate a law office. We provide articles and are a resource to other committees for lecture topics. Membership is unlimited. 

Legislation Committee

The Legislation Committee monitors legislative initiatives in Congress and, to the degree possible, all fifty States, and either supports or opposes them depending on their compatibility with the Academy mission statement, its resolutions, and tasks assigned to the Committee.  The Committee proposes appropriate subjects for new legislation, uniform laws, and treaties, in keeping with Academy positions and programs.

LGBT Committee

Focusing its energies on issues involving same sex couples and parents, married and not, with all of the complexities that family lawyers face as our society continues to struggle with issues of enormous significance in this area of our practices. The Academy has been a leader in the effort to enable same sex couples to enjoy all of the privileges of heterosexual couples and it is timely for us to now have a committee that focuses on those issues, which assuredly will have an impact on all of us and our clients in the years to come.

Mediation Committee

The Mediation Committee is responsible for producing basic and advanced mediation training programs in response to membership demand. In addition, the committee provides updates to Fellows on various mediation topics including confidentiality, conflict of interest, practice techniques, etc. and serves as a resource for addressing issues relevant to Fellows providing mediation services as a form of consensual dispute resolution. Membership on the mediation committee should be limited to Fellows actually providing mediation services as a form of dispute resolution.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee works with the Executive Committee, the Chapters and the Board of Governors in their efforts to attract new members to the Academy and to make the Fellowship experience as meaningful as possible for new and old members alike. The Membership Committee Chair becomes a non-voting Member of the Executive Committee. 

National Test Committee

The National Test Committee is responsible for administering and scoring the National admissions exam three times each year.  Each year it reviews and updates questions as necessary to insure that the exam is relevant, accurate and appropriately difficult.  The committee is responsible for coordinating with the Admissions committee on issues relating to the notification of examination topics to applicants and the contents of the online bibliography of study materials.

Negotiation Seminar Committee

The Negotiation Committee works closely with the Project on Negotiation at Harvard (PON) to put on a seminar every other year.  We also submit issues to the Harvard Law School class on negotiation and collaborate with them to produce a paper that will assist family law lawyers.  Our two previous papers, which are available on our website, address the issues of custody and access and renegotiating child support when one of the parents is affected by the economic downturn.

Newsletter Committee

The Newsletter Committee works with the Newsletter Editor to compile and publish the AAML Newsletter. The Newsletter Committee Chair becomes a non-voting Member of the Executive Committee. 

Past Presidents Committee

The Past Presidents Committee (formerly known as Best Practices Committee) began as AAML Commission on the American Law Institute's Principles of Family Law drafted by ALI in lieu of a Restatement of Family Law. The AAML Commission evolved into a "think tank" to suggest the creation and publication of materials that enhance public awareness of the Academy and advance Fellows' practices. BPC productions include Model Parenting Plan, Alimony Guidelines, and the Educational Videos (posted on the Academy website) designed for use in law schools and for continuing legal education. This Committee is not open to appointments other than Past Presidents. 

Policies Committee

Chaired by the First Vice President and includes the President Elect and Counsel, as well as one of the six vice presidents, the policies committee provides written descriptions of the policies that govern the operations and work of the Academy, and makes proposals to the Executive Committee and Board of Governors for new policies and revisions to existing policies.

Professionalism and Collegiality Committee

This Committee is newly established to study and make recommendations and to present CLEs on professionalism and collegiality between our Fellows and in the legal communities in which we all practice, subject to the Board of Governors' approval. 

Public Service & Education Committee

This Committee provides materials, such as videos posted on the AAML website that give the public basic, essential information about the law and process of family law matters.

Publications Review Committee

The Publications Review Committee is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and approving outside requests to reprint Academy publications, and to act on calendar posting requests.

Review Hotel Contracts Committee

The Contracts Committee is charged with the responsibility of reviewing Academy contracts, such as hotel and vendor contracts, and making recommendations to the Academy President, Executive Committee and Executive Director. The Contracts Committee also formulates general contract templates and provisions and makes recommendations if outside consultants or attorney should be engaged.

Senior Fellows Committee

The Senior Fellows Committee focuses on issues that impact those among us who are in the later stages of our careers. The genesis of this Committee is founded upon the fact that roughly 500 or more than the 1,600 Fellows are over the age of 65 and that we want them to remain productive and involved members of our organization by recognizing their accomplishments and their evolving needs. 

Sponsorship, Sales and Marketing Committee

The sales and marketing committee develops and implements ideas that generate revenue for the AAML (e.g., logo items, educational materials and pamphlets, etc.).

This Committee will work to find sponsors for AAML events.  Membership is not limited.

Spousal Maintenance/Alimony Study Committee

This committee is investigating alimony reform across the country. It will serve as a resource and information bank on the subject of alimony reform.

Spring Meeting Golf Tournament Committee

This Committee is responsible for arranging the Spring Meeting Golf Tournament. 

Strategic Plan Implementation Committee

The Strategic Plan Implementation Committee is charged with the responsibility to periodically review and make recommendations concerning the implementation of the Strategic Plan adopted by the Board Of Governors.

Technology Committee

The Technology Committee manages the AAML’s presence in social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn), in addition to developing programs to train Fellows in the use of this media, as well as the use of technology in individual practices.

Webinar Committee

The Webinar Committee is responsible for producing continuing education programs for viewing online either "live" or on demand.  The committee is also responsible for the videotaping AAML seminars at our annual and spring meetings for web production.  The committee's purpose is to brand the Academy as the premier continuing education provider in the United States and to generate revenue for the Academy.

Website Committee

The Committee oversees the operations and continued development and evolution of the Academy’s face on the Internet, including the Academy's website. 

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