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The President's Blog

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

Following up with my earlier President’s Blog to inform the AAML Fellows of the Academy’s Educational Programs, this installment will deal with Academy Webinars.  Webinars are continuing education programs for viewing online either “live” or on demand and are usually ninety (90) minutes in length. The AAML Webinar committee produces these programs and they are... Read more

I am very pleased to share that the Academy has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court on behalf of the petitioners in the upcoming DOMA case involving the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee (Obergefell v. Hodges).  We offer our support and thoughtfully put forth that individual states should recognize same-sex marriages performed in jurisdictions where it is legal... Read more

         For a number of years before I “attended” the Academy's Institute for Family Law Associates in June, 2014, I was aware of the program’s accolades. I knew that several of my predecessors had sent associates to the Institute, as had I, but I really wanted the opportunity to observe this “premier program” in action. I wanted not... Read more

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