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 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 impacting children.

       Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over $1.5 million in grants to worthy organizations throughout the United States.  (For 2018, the Foundation awarded a total of $170,000 in 34 individual grants to eligible charities located in twenty-two different states including the Jim and Lea Hennenhoefer grant given to the Homeless Youth Law Clinic in Portland, Oregon for having the most innovative grant proposal for 2018).  In addition, the Foundation continues to sponsor the Leonard Loeb Scholarship, which for 2018 was awarded to Kelsey Mullins of the University of Wisconsin Law School, and the sixth annual Joanne Ross Wilder Lecture during the annual meeting in Chicago. The speaker for 2018 was Dr. June Carbone of the University of Minnesota Law School.  She shared her incisive thoughts and research based on her books Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture and Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family. 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 Member Luncheon.

        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 deadline for submissions is May 15.

        The Foundation’s sources of financial support are its fellows from 35 chapters throughout the country, the members of our Forensic and Business Valuation Division 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 annual silent auction.

        The Foundation thanks the Fellows and our friends and professional affiliates for their contributions, particularly the following sponsors of our upcoming 2019 Reception and Lifetime Member Luncheon.

Platinum Sponsors - $20,000

Aaronson, Mayefsky & Sloan, LLP – Engaged exclusively in the practice of family law with offices in New York, New York

BNY Mellon Wealth Management - A national wealth manager supporting families in transition through advice, investment management, custody, wealth and estate planning, and private banking services

Financial Research Associates - A firm providing business valuation, forensic accounting and litigation support services with offices in NY, PA and NJ

Gold Sponsors - $15,000

Northern Trust - A leading provider of wealth management and asset management services for successful individuals, families and institutions, committed to helping clients transfom their objectives into action and reach their goals

Stout Risius Ross, LLC - A global advisory and consulting firm specializing in Investment Banking, Valuation Advisory, Dispute Consulting, and Managment Consulting with offices in North America, Europe and Asia

         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,

         David N. Hofstein

         AAML Foundation President