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We are now nearing the end of my term as President of the Academy. The proverbial barn doors are in sight! I thought it a good time to report on the status of the Academy and the work of the many Chapters, Committees, Executive Committee and Board of Governors, who are finishing up their many projects. Please allow me to share with you some of the highlights.    Since my Mid-Term blog,... Read more

Following is a message from our President-Elect regarding the upcoming Mid-Year Meeting... ******************************************************************************************* BAHAMIAN SMILES ATLANTIS RESORT PARADISE ISLAND NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 14-18, 2016 I am pleased to announce that we will be hosting our 2016 Mid-Year meeting at the beautiful Atlantis Resort... Read more

The AICPA/AAML National Divorce Conference was inaugurated in 2004 as a partnership between the AICPA and the AAML. The purpose of this bi-annual joint conference is to provide the most advanced CLE for Fellows and other experienced family lawyers and CE for accountants, CPAs and other financial professionals on advanced legal/financial and litigation support issues. The conference steering... Read more

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. I have asked Michigan AAML Fellow Ric Roane, who created and chaired the AAML LGBT Committee and served as the Academy's official observer at the Court - where he witnessed the oral arguments firsthand - to help prepare this blog about the historic decision in which the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers filed... Read more

I am told that not a week goes by without the National Office being asked about the next AAML mediation training. As a result, I am very happy to be a bearer of the good news that we have an Advanced Mediation Training scheduled for Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, immediately following our annual meeting in Chicago. In many of our jurisdictions, mediation has become mandatory while... Read more

On June 17, 2015, a hate filled 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof entered the historic Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, S.C., where he was welcomed to a prayer meeting led by Senator Clementa Pinckney, the church pastor. After one hour with the prayer group, Roof massacred nine, including Rev. Pinckney, with a .45-caliber Glock handgun. After his arrest, Roof said that he was motivated by... Read more

Mark your calendar for the third biennial AFCC/ AAML Conference, to be held at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., from Thursday, October 1, through Saturday, October 3. This program, presented by two premier family law organizations, combines lawyers, judges, and mental health professional who will present about an array of topics on “Advanced Issues in Child Custody: Evaluation, Litigation... Read more

We are now at the mid-point of my term as President of the Academy. I thought it would be a good time to report to our Fellows what has been going on during the last six months. The Chapters and Committees have been hard at work. The Executive Committee has been working diligently, as has the Board of Governors. Please allow me to share with you some of the highlights. Chapter visits and... Read more

The qualities of professionalism and collegiality should be the cornerstones of any occupation and matrimonial attorneys certainly understand this better than most. We are often thrust into some very emotional and heated situations that require us to remain level-headed and exercise sound judgment. It is always reassuring to have the respect and support of colleagues within the legal system... Read more

Oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges took place Tuesday morning.  You can actually now listen to the full ninety minutes on the Court’s website.  Here is the link:   http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/audio/2014/14-556-q1   I would also like to extend my thanks to Michigan AAML Fellow Ric Roane, who served... Read more

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