Committees

Committees

Finance

The Finance Committee studies and recommends policy for the prudent management of Foundation funds in consultation with the Foundation’s investment advisor. Finance Committee members and the Treasurer regularly review the expenditures and investment of the Foundation accounts to ensure compliance with the Foundation mission and investment policies. 

Mark Sessums, Chair

Bob Brandt

Larry Moskowitz

Gary Rosen

Anne Durward, Ex officio

Forensic and Business Valuation Membership

The Forensic and Business Valuation Membership Committee reviews all F&BV membership applications and recommends candidates for approval to the Foundation Board of Directors. In addition, the Forensic and Business Valuation Division members are responsible for providing content to the Foundation’s business valuation newsletter and are available as a knowledge resource to Foundation members. 

Larry Moskowitz, Co-chair

Jay Fishman, Co-chair

Stacy Collins

Jim McLaren

Sue Moss

Ken Pia

Elisha Roy

Ron Seigneur

Briggs Stahl

Julia Swain

Fundraising

The Fundraising Committee plans programs and activities to raise the funds necessary to carry out the mission of the Foundation. The Committee is also tasked with developing and implementing new fundraising campaigns to meet the day to day financial needs and charitable goals of the Foundation. 

Gary Rosen, Chair

Cary Cheifetz

Renee Chernus

Rod Firoozye

David Hofstein

Jackie Kemp

Larry Moskowitz

Arnie Rutkin

Brian Vertz 

Lauren Waddell

Grants

The Grants Committee evaluates the applications for grants and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for annual awards to grant applicants based upon the Board’s grant policy. The Grants Committee establishes objective criteria for grant awards and ranks the applications. The Committee also proposes policy affecting such awards. 

Julia Swain, Chair

Jorge Cestero, Vice-chair  

Michele Bissada  

Bob Brandt

JoAl Cannon Sheridan  

John Durward  

Jay Fishman

Donn Fullenweider

Mark Gruber

Twila Larkin

Larry Moskowitz

Brian Sobol

Eleanor Stegmeier

Bruce Steinfeld

Joanne Ross Wilder Lecture

In coordination with the AAML CLE Chairs, the Joanne Ross Wilder Lecture Committee obtains and recommends the guest lecturer to speak at the Annual Meeting of the AAML. The lecture is reserved for presentation on a leading topic that is thought provoking and challenges lawyers to view the practice in unconventional ways. 

JoAl Cannon Sheridan, Chair

Jorge Cestero

Fred Siegel

Nominating

The Nominating Committee, chaired by the President Elect, proposes candidates to fill Director and Officer vacancies by soliciting and reviewing candidates for office.  

Brian Vertz, Chair

Laura Ashmore

JoAl Cannon Sheridan

Jorge Cestero

Kiilu Davis

Sue Moss

Ric Roane

Tom Wolfrum

Planned Giving

The Planned Giving Committee works to encourage AAML Fellows to create significant planned gifts by will, trust, or other means which grow the investable assets of the Foundation. The Committee is also tasked with reaching out to potential donors and properly acknowledging the planned gifts. 

Anita Rodarte, Co-chair

Meighan A. Harmon, Co-chair

Kristen Dalton

Joy Feinberg

Twila Larkin  

Larry Moskowitz

Barbara Runge

Eleanor Stegmeier

Policy

The Policy Committee reviews and recommends changes to Foundation policies as directed by the Foundation President and Board of Directors.

Julia Swain, Chair

Bruce Steinfeld, Vice-chair 

Elisha Roy

Publicity

The Publicity Committee coordinates publicizing the work of the Foundation both to the Fellows of the AAML and the public at large. The Committee is tasked with preparing the Foundation’s Annual Report and Business Valuation Newsletter. In addition, the Publicity Committee provides content for the Foundation website and the Academy’s monthly newsletter. The Committee is the channel that in part helps publicize our fundraising campaigns and the many activities of the Foundation.  

Cary Cheifetz, Co-chair

Renee Chernus, Co-chair

JoAl Cannon Sheridan

Sue Moss

Francesca O’ Cathain

Richard West

Social Media

The Social Media Committee is charged with maintaining the Foundation’s social media presence on Facebook and YouTube. The Committee works closely with the Publicity Committee to decide content.

JoAl Cannon Sheridan, Co-chair

Francesca O’Cathain, Co-chair

Jackie Kemp

Richard West

Sponsorship

The Sponsorship Committee seeks and facilitates sponsorships for Foundation events including the Foundation Reception, Lifetime Members Luncheon, and tees and greens at the AAML MidYear Golf Outing. Other sponsorship opportunities include the Annual Report and Trolleys to/from the Reception. The Committee is also tasked with making sure the sponsors’ concerns are passed on to the Foundation Board and staff, and with making sure that prompt responses are communicated back to the sponsors. The Sponsorship Committee has been instrumental in building long lasting relationships that promote the mission of the Foundation. 

Brian Vertz, Chair

Larry Moskowitz

Website

The Website Committee is charged with maintaining the structure and content of the Foundation website. In addition, the Committee is tasked with keeping the Board apprised of technological developments that affect the ability of the Foundation to reach out to Fellows, Lifetime Members, Sponsors and Friends of the Foundation as well as members of the public about the activities of the Foundation through the internet. 

Brian Vertz, Chair

Natalia Wilson, Vice-chair

Brian Sobol

Lauren Waddell

Annual Meeting Committees
Lifetime Members Luncheon

The Lifetime Members Luncheon Committee coordinates all aspects of the Lifetime Members Luncheon held in Chicago during the AAML annual meeting. 

Anne Durward, Chair

Brian Vertz

Foundation Reception

In coordination with the Fundraising Committee, the Reception Committee coordinates all aspects of the Reception held in Chicago during the AAML annual meeting. 

Anne Durward, Chair

Brian Vertz