Letter from the President

Letter from the President

Larry-Moskowitz-photoWelcome to the brand new, completely redesigned 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 in 35 chapters throughout the country. 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 victim 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 about $1.8 million in grants to worthy organizations throughout the United States. For 2020, despite the challenges caused by the COVID pandemic, the Foundation was able award a total of $190,000 in 38 individual grants to eligible charities located in twenty different states, plus the District of Columbia. Our grants included the Jim and Lea Hennenhoefer grant given to Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) of Brooklyn, New York, for having the most innovative grant proposal for 2020, and the Michael S.J. Albano Grant to Empowering Parents of Kansas City, Missouri.

In 2020, we were unable to engage in the usual fundraising activities that occur at the AAML Annual Meeting. Instead, we conducted our first Annual Campaign in which we reached out to Fellows across the country and gave them opportunities to support the Billable Hour campaign. To their everlasting credit, the Fellows of the AAML – including 85 first-time donors – stepped up and enabled us to surpass the Billable Hour totals for both 2018 and 2019. The Foundation is most grateful for this support.

In addition, the Foundation continues to sponsor the Leonard Loeb Scholarship, which for 2020 was awarded to Abigail Henderson of the University of Wisconsin Law School, and the eighth annual Joanne Ross Wilder Lecture during the annual meeting in Chicago. The speaker for 2020 was Professor Elizabeth Fraley of Baylor University Law School. Her topic was “Virtual Advocacy: Wave of the Future?”

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. Both the Reception and the Luncheon were virtual in 2020. The Reception featured the presentation of a Foundation grant; songs by Judicial Fellow Dianna Gould-Saltman; the comedy stylings of Pete Buchbauer; and some country tunes from Court ’n’ Disaster, a “rocky tonk” band from Sonoma County, California consisting mostly of legal professionals. The Luncheon was highlighted by the presentation of another grant and the keynote speech by Avery Tucker Fontaine of BNY Mellon Wealth Management on “The Future of Giving.”

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 “Grantmaking”. The deadline for submissions is May 15.

The Foundation’s sources of financial support are Academy Fellows from throughout the country; the members of our Forensic and Business Valuation Division; as well as our 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, sponsoring a tee or green at the Mid-Year Meeting Golf Tournament, and participating in our fundraising activities at the Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The Foundation thanks the Fellows and our friends and professional affiliates for their contributions, particularly the following sponsors of our 2020 Reception and Luncheon.

Diamond Sponsors

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

Financial Research Associates – A firm providing business valuation, forensic accounting and litigation support services with offices in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

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

Emerald Sponsors

STOUT – A global advisory and consulting firm specializing in Investment Banking, Valuation Advisory, Dispute Consulting, and Management Consulting with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia.

CBIZ Forensic Consulting Group – More than 80 professionals throughout the nation specializing in tracing and other complex family law matters.

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 moskowitz@perrylaw.net or (707) 525-8800.

Best wishes,
Lawrence A. Moskowitz
AAML Foundation President