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The President's Blog

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

          Throughout the next few months I will devote a number of Presidential Messages to more fully inform our Fellows of the workings and benefits of organizations with which the AAML has partnered, in addition to sharing details about the many excellent educational publications, pamphlets and DVDs that are available through the Academy.  This first... Read more

Charlie Hebdo – A Sad Day    As lawyers, we value the rule of law.  Imbedded in that fundamental concept, we treasure, protect, and embrace freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of thought.    ​On January 8, 2015, IAML Founding Fellow Alain Cornec of Paris France, wrote the following to the IAML Fellowship:  Twelve... Read more

I hope that you and your families are having a wonderful and restful holiday. As the new year approaches, Pat and I wish you and your families a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year in 2015. We all have much for which to be thankful. May we all continue to have the opportunity to lead our clients through the most difficult times of their lives according to the principles that we embrace in the... Read more

As an organization devoted to serving families, our Fellows and their loved ones have much for which to be thankful during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  For our family, Thanksgiving is a restful time to reflect on our many blessings and what we can do for others less fortunate.  It is a day spent around the table together, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, one or... Read more

Thank you Arthur. As my oldest and dearest friend in the Academy, I am honored and humbled to be sworn in by you to lead the Academy in the coming year.  Please allow me the opportunity to introduce and thank some very important people in my life: *First, my wife, Pat of 42 years who has supported my career as a lawyer, run our family and been my lover and friend. My son, Will and... Read more

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