The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation

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Letter from the President



Upcoming Foundation Events

         The AAML Foundation enthusiastically encourages you to join us by participating in an array of educational and social events at the AAML Annual Meeting in November, 2016. The events celebrate the mission of the Foundation, showcase the work of the Foundation and provide an opportunity to support the charitable mission of the Foundation. We have placed great effort into planning events that are educational, enriching and rewarding.

ANNUAL FOUNDATION RECEPTION – Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

         Our annual Foundation reception will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University Club of Chicago, 76 East Monroe Street. The annual Foundation reception is the signature social event for the Foundation, held on the opening night of the AAML Annual Meeting. The Foundation is able to host this spectacular event through the generosity of our sponsors, whom we gratefully acknowledge:

BNY Mellon Wealth Management - Platinum sponsor

BNY Mellon Wealth Management is a leading wealth manager, having been named in 2016 by Family Wealth Report as the top U.S. Private Bank and ranked the 7th largest U.S. wealth manager in 2015 by Barron’s. BNY Mellon specializes in wealth planning during divorce, utilizing a proven, confidential process to review a client’s financial situation before, during and after a divorce in order to identify the best position for the client’s changing circumstances.  The firm has more than two centuries experience providing services to financially successful individuals and families, their family offices and business enterprises, planned giving programs, and endowments and foundations.

Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan, LLP - Bronze sponsor

Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan, LLP is a boutique law firm with 19 lawyers, all practicing in the area of Family Law and with offices in New York City and Connecticut (Greenwich and Westport).  The firm takes pride in being experienced, respected trial lawyers and negotiators as well as leaders in the bar seeking to improve the practice of family law.

Stout Risius Ross, Inc. - Bronze sponsor

Stout Risius Ross (SRR) is a national financial advisory firm providing Investment Banking, Valuation & Financial Opinions, and Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services. SRR has a team of experienced Family Law professionals that specialize in providing independent valuation analysis, forensic accounting, and expert witness testimony in marital dissolution matters. Using a cross-disciplined approach SRR provides creative and effective solutions in complex divorce matters in addition to valuation, forensic, and property settlement analyses for marital estates owning closely held businesses, real property, and other investments.

         Representatives of each of the reception sponsors will be present during the reception and the duration of the annual meeting events. We urge you to introduce yourself to the sponsors.


JOANNE ROSS WILDER LECTURE - Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

         Dr. Arin Reeves is a renowned and respected researcher, author and consultant in the field of leadership and inclusion. Dr. Reeves will challenge your thinking about leadership and decision-making in her program titled “What do recent judicial controversies teach us about sexism, racism and unconscious bias in legal practice?”  The lecture will reveal how unconscious bias impacts the way we think using interactive exercises and examples from recent judicial controversies in the news.  The lecture promises to be engaging, innovative and thought provoking.

AAML FOUNDATION LUNCHEON - Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 12:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Renaissance Hotel - Chicago

           The Luncheon celebrates the Foundation Lifetime Members, the Forensic and Business Valuation Members and the charitable work of the Foundation.  Each year the program is highlighted by an inspiring and informative presentation from a Foundation grant recipient.  Rachel O’Konis Ruttenberg, Executive Director of the Family Defense Center in Chicago, will speak about The Mothers’ Defense Project – The role of poverty, prejudice and perception in decisions made by child welfare authorities to separate families. In addition, the Leonard Loeb Scholarship recipient is announced and presented during the Lunch. This is a ticketed event for Foundation Lifetime Members, Forensic & Business Valuation Member and their guests.

The Foundation luncheon is made possible by generous sponsorships from:

Bernstein Rodarte & Hatheway, P.C.

Kansas City, MO

Harris-Ginsberg, LLP

Los Angeles, CA

Suzie S. Thorn Family Foundation

San Francisco, CA

Gailor, Hunt, Jenkins, Davis & Taylor, PLLC

Raleigh, NC

Missouri Chapter – AAML


2016 BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCES AUCTION – Thursday, November 3, 2016 –Saturday, November 5, 2016.

         Where else can you bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences, enchanted getaways and world class wine while benefiting the charitable work of the Foundation?  Thanks to donations from AAML Fellows and Foundation supporters, we are offering phenomenal experiences that make you feel like the VIP that you are.

Experiences and Wines being auctioned include:

  • Whale of a Las Vegas Weekend – includes a private suite at the MGM or Bellagio and tickets to the Terry Fator Show.
  • Week at the Hennenhoefer San Diego beach house plus $1,000 cash
  • VIP passes for two to Elon Musk’s top secret Space X spacecraft manufacturing operation in Hawthorne, California
  • New York Spring Weekend – luxury hotel, theater and sport tickets.
  • Napa Weekend – Villagio Inn & Spa, 2 customized wine tours , dinner at Bistro Don Giovanni
  • Ski weekend in Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Crimson Tide football weekend
  • Week at St. Croix private condo, at a spacious mountain cabin in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, at an upscale townhouse in the coastal village of Castine, Maine or at a Tampa Bay cottage.
  • Special selections of prized, fine wines.

Bidding is available before and after the CLE programs as well as during the breaks.  Bid early and often or be the envy of all by exercising the “buy it now” option!  In between bidding, stop by the auction table and visit with a Foundation volunteer to learn more about work of the Foundation and how you can help.

Please join us.  THIS IS YOUR FOUNDATION!                                              

                                             With much appreciation,

                                             Anita I. Rodarte, President