The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation

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Letter from the President



         Welcome to the website of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation. In 1990, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation was founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit by the 1600 fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The Foundation’s purpose is to advance one of the AAML’s most important goals – the protection of children and families.

        The AAMLF implements this critical goal through providing financial grants to eligible organizations throughout the United States.  Programs receiving grants from the Foundation include charitable organizations providing free family law representation and mental health services for indigent clients, funding shelters and legal assistance for victims of domestic violence, supporting relevant educational programs in schools and courts, and acting as incubators for innovative approaches to the administration of justice in family law cases, particularly those impacting children.

        Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over a million dollars in grants to worthy organizations throughout the United States  (For 2017, the Foundation, which has an endowment that has grown to over $2,000,000, awarded a total of $150,000 in 29 individual grants to eligible charities located in over twenty different states including the inaugural Jim and Lea Hennenhoefer grant given to the Volunteer Lawyers for Justice in Newark, New Jersey for having the most innovative grant proposal for 2017).  In addition, the Foundation continues to sponsor the Leonard Loeb Scholarship, which for 2017 was awarded to Tiffany Fameree of the University of Wisconsin Law School, and the fifth Annual Joanne Rose Wilder Lecture during the annual meeting in Chicago. This year’s speaker was Michael Kaplen, Esq., who spoke on traumatic brain injuries in abuse cases.  Finally, the Foundation sponsors the annual reception at the beautiful University Club, kicking off the Academy’s annual November meeting in Chicago, as well as the Lifetime Members Luncheon.

        As President of the AAML Foundation, I urge you to think of charities in your area which may meet our criteria for grants. Information regarding grant applications can be found on this website under the tab “For Grant Seekers”.

        The Foundation’s sources of financial support are its 1600 fellows from 35 chapters throughout the country, as well as friends and professional affiliates.  For potential donors, there are multiple ways to contribute including the billable hour campaign, providing for the Foundation in your estate planning, honorarium donations, becoming Lifetime Members and participating in the auction at the annual meeting in Chicago.

        The Foundation wishes to gratefully thank its donors, including the following sponsors of our 2017 Reception and Lifetime Members Luncheon.

Platinum Sponsors

 Aaronson, Mayefsky & Sloan, LLP – New York City, and Greenwich and Westport, CT

 Financial Research Associates - A national firm with offices in NY, PA and NJ

 Bronze Sponsor

 Stout - A leading independent advisory firm

Diamond Sponsor

 AAML Illinois Chapter

Emerald Sponsors

 Ausley, Algert, Robertson & Flores, LLP- Austin, TX

 AAML Fellow Anne Berger- Boston, MA

 Ceconi & Cheifetz, LLC- Summit, NJ

 Hofstein, Weiner & Meyer, P.C.- Philadelphia, PA

 Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP- Chicago, IL

        We hope that you will keep the Foundation in mind for your charitable giving.

        Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with your ideas, concerns and/or suggestions at or (215) 561-1100.

        Best wishes to you, your families and your colleagues.