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The President

James T. McLaren currently serves as the 40th President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, since the organization’s founding in 1962.  During his year as President of the AAML, he has formed a Domestic Violence Task Force and launched initiatives focused on families with children who have special needs. He has also developed a campaign to promote professionalism and civility in the practice of matrimonial law, among many other efforts.
 
Since his admission as an Academy Fellow in 1994, Jim has held titles as a vice president, first vice president, and president-elect.  He has served on various committees, both as a member and chair, and received the Fellow of the Year Award from the AAML in 2007 for his work on a wide range of national issues. 
 
He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML) and is a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers, which limits its membership to 100 attorneys from across the United States.  In addition, he serves as chapter president of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms. 
 
Jim has practiced family law in South Carolina throughout his four decade career and served as president of the AAML State Chapter in 2001 – 2002.  His statewide practice in South Carolina primarily involves complex matrimonial litigation and trial work, in addition to dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration as an American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Certified Mediator and Arbitrator.
 
He is a longstanding member of the Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association, the American Association For Justice, the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Association For Justice, and the Richland County Bar Association.  Jim has authored numerous articles and has been a speaker in over 95 Family Law Continuing Legal Education Seminars, including state and national Judicial Conferences and New Family Court Judges Schools. He has also co-authored important Legislation that impacts Family Law in South Carolina.
  
For more than 20 years, Jim has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and is also listed in the South Carolina Super Lawyers publication under the Family Law Designation.  Jim and his law firm have received the highest rating (“AV”) afforded lawyers for legal ability and ethics and are listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory.

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