The Jim and Lea Hennenhoefer Grant
The Foundation Board of Directors established the Jim and Lea Hennenhoefer Grant in gratitude to Jim Hennenhoefer and his devoted wife Lea in honor of Jim’s dedication and service to the Foundation. The purpose for establishing this grant was to annually award and recognize the most innovative grant applicant. James A. Hennenhoefer (1941-2017) had so many talents and interests within and outside the practice of law. Both the Foundation and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers benefitted from these interests. Raised in St. Louis, Jim served with honor in the Vietnam War before attending law school and settling in California where he formed his own law firm and worked side by side with his wife Lea while raising three children. Jim was a gifted lawyer with outstanding achievements. He served as President of the Academy, 2007-2008, and the Foundation, 2003-2005, and tirelessly taught the bench and bar throughout the United States about Electronically Stored Information (ESI) and its impact on the practice of law. Jim knew that to master the future, you must know the past. While a student of innovation and technology, Jim collected and became a renowned expert on pocket watches. He knew, and shared, their workings and their history with others. Jim knew that to navigate the future you needed to understand the past. It is fitting that a man who knew the value of timepieces gave so freely of his own time. We honor Jim and Lea by spotlighting innovation as the consequence of our knowledge of the past. Jim would not have had it any other way.
2021-2022: Harriett Buhai Center, Los Angeles, CA, for Volunteer Program for Family Law and Domestic Violence Assistance for Low-Income Families
2020-2021: Legal Information for Families Today, Brooklyn, NY, for Online Expansion: Family Law Education and Community Outreach
2019-2020: Haven Hills, Inc., Canoga Park, CA, for Shelter and Access to Legal Services for Domestic Violence Survivors
2018-2019: Homeless Youth Law Clinic, Portland, OR, for The Homeless Family Reunification Project, Part Two: Deepening the Impact
2017-2018: Volunteer Lawyers for Justice, Newark, NJ, for Divorce Program