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Committees

2018-2019 Committee List

AAML/ABA-FLS Liaison Committee
This is a special committee appointed by the President and consisting of the President-Elect of the AAML, its First Vice President, the current AAML CLE Chair and the incoming CLE Chair, plus delegates from the ABA Family Law Section, including its CLE Chairs. The committee’s purpose is to keep the two organizations abreast of plans and issues that each of them are focusing on, as well as providing coordination and cooperation between them. This Committee is not open to new Members. 

AAML/AFCC Joint Committee
The AAML/AFCC Joint Conference Committee is a special Committee responsible for creating and producing the Joint AAML/AFCC National Conference on custody and child related issues. Tasks include selecting topics and programs, selecting speakers and following through to insure that the program materials are of the highest caliber and submitted on time. The next conference is scheduled for September 19-21, 2019.
Peter Salem Executive Director psalem@afccnet.org  (608) 664-3750

AAML/AICPA Joint Conference Committee
The AAML/AICPA Joint Conference Committee is responsible for creating and producing the joint AAML/AICPA National Conference on Valuation and Tax Issues held every other year in Las Vegas.  Tasks include selecting topics and programs, picking speakers and following through to insure that the program materials are of the highest caliber and submitted on time. The Committee is limited to no more than six (6) members from the Academy.

AAML/NBTA Joint Committee
The AAML/NBTA Committee just completed an agreement to offer certification in Family Law Advocacy through the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) for our Fellows. The Committee ABA approved our AAML Exam as substantially equivalent to the NBTA Exam so that the AAML Exam will satisfy the ABA requirement for certification. There are other requirements for certification with the NBTA which will be examined closely so as to streamline the requirements for AAML Fellows so they can have the benefits of both organizations and the certification if they so choose.

Admissions Standards and Procedure Committee
This standing Committee is open and addresses and studies Academy admissions process, standards and related issues making recommendations to the Executive Committee to oversee the smooth operations of the admissions process from applicant inquiry to acceptance as a Fellow. Each Chapter’s Board of Examiners’ Chair or immediate Past Chair is invited to share. Diversity of Chapters is encouraged.

Amicus Committee
The standing Amicus Committee is open and reviews requests for national AAML amicus participation in matters under the guidance of the Amicus Policies of the AAML and offers its recommendation as to AAML amicus participation to the Academy President or the Presidents of Academy Chapters.    

Arbitration Committee
The Arbitration Committee is a limited, yet open committee. The committee is responsible for producing basic and advanced arbitration training programs in response to membership demand. In addition, the Committee provides updates to Fellows on various arbitration topics including confidentiality, conflict of interest, practice techniques, etc. and serves as a resource for addressing issues relevant to Fellows providing arbitration services as a form of consensual dispute resolution. Membership on the Arbitration Committee should be limited to Fellows actually providing arbitration services. 

Bookstore Committee
The Bookstore Committee is a standing committee that is open. The committee assists with the creation, review, management and sales of all print and electronic publications produced by the AAML.

Budget and Finance Committee
Chaired by the AAML Treasurer, this Committee is a standing committee that is open and addresses budgetary issues and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors regarding the budget and finances of the AAML, including the dues structure. This committee oversees the submission and adherence by committees to their budgets.

Budget Compliance Committee
This Committee oversees the adherence by Committees to their budget.

By-Laws and Policies Committee
The By-Laws Committee is a standing committee that is open. The committee makes recommendations to the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors for changes and improvements in the Academy’s By-Laws. The committee reviews and approves the by-laws of chapters. Members include the First Vice President, the President-Elect and Counsel, as well as one of the five Vice Presidents, the Committee provides written descriptions of the Policies that govern the operations and work of the Academy, and makes proposals to the Executive Committee and Board of Governors for new Policies and revisions to existing Policies. This Committee is not open to other appointments.

Chapter Leaders Committee
The Chapter Leaders Committee is a standing committee that is open. The committee plans presentations for the Annual and Spring Meetings of the Academy. At these meetings we inspire the chapter leaders to improve the chapter’s ability to draw new Fellows, inspire their current members, and to generate new ideas. We create an atmosphere where chapter leaders can learn from each other and get new ideas. We serve as a conduit between the Chapters and National to facilitate the goals of both and the provide assistance where it is needed and/or required. We coordinate with other Committees Leaders to address issues and needs which arise across the AAML. We provide updates and information to the Chapters to ensure they are aware of current and future matters which are important to the AAML.

Collaborative Law Committee
The Collaborative Law Committee is a standing committee that is open. The Committee seeks to raise awareness and use of Collaborative Practice as a means to assist families in resolving their disputes in a respectful, amicable and constructive manner, focusing on the needs of the children in particular. Membership in this Committee is not limited, though training in mediation or collaborative practice is recommended. The committee is planning another training session.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) 2019 Committee
The CLE Committee is appointed committee that primarily functions to conduct Continuing Legal Education Seminars at the Chicago and Spring meetings. Typically, the CLE Chair appoints one person from the Committee to act as the Program Chair for each day of the seminars, or to manage other appointed Program Chairs. The CLE Committee members assist in formulating the subject matters to be covered in each of the two primary meetings by use of telephone conferences or as an adjunct to the main meetings.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) 2020 Committee
The CLE Committee is an appointed committee that primarily functions to conduct Continuing Legal Education Seminars at the Chicago and Spring meetings. Typically, the CLE Chair appoints one person from the Committee to act as the Program Chair for each day of the seminars, or to manage other appointed Program Chairs. The CLE Committee members assist in formulating the subject matters to be covered in each of the two primary meetings by use of telephone conferences or as an adjunct to the main meetings.

Council of Committee Chairs
The Council is the AAML body that coordinates and controls all committee activities. It is tasked with ensuring each committee works in concert with the other committees in order to achieve its goals and complete its projects each year.

Diversity Committee
The mission of the Diversity Committee is to promote the principles of diversity and inclusion within the AAML membership and the family law legal system. The Committee’s goal is to implement programs and educate the fellowship in promoting these principles.

Domestic Tort Litigation Committee
The purpose of this Committee is to educate our Fellows on the effective and creative prosecution and defense of domestic torts, including assult and battery, alienation of affection, and wiretapping. 

Domestic Violence Task Force Committee
The Domestic Violence Committee is a task force that is open. The purpose of this Committee is to develop resolutions to meaningfully involve the Academy in the National dialogue on this subject, including providing a common set of policies and procedures directed at providing a uniform, effective response.

Family Privacy/Sealing Records Committee
This is a special committee established to study the issue of Family Privacy in the court system. The committee will research the status of rules and/or statutes around the country and will address issues that would be of concern to state legislatures and the judiciary in considering proposed rules/statutes that would seal all or portions of family division files in order to meet the goal of ensuring that family privacy is protected with respect to children and finances.

Guidelines for Child-Centered Residential Schedules Committee
The Committee is working on the development of a publication designed for use by parents, judges and lawyers in making appropriate decisions for access by parents of children who are no longer living together.

History/Photo Committee
The History Committee is standing committee that is open and is charged with the responsibility of attempting to preserve the records and history of the Academy from its inception some fifty years ago. The committee is open to anyone who can contribute knowledge or information relative to our founding and the early years of the Academy.

Impact of Special Needs Children on Custody and Financial Determinations Committee
The Impact of Special Needs Children on Custody and Financial Determinations Committee is tasked with compiling information on how the courts deal with the issues of special needs children not only from a custodial standpoint but also a financial one. The Committee will recommend programs, publications or other forms of education for our Fellows or the public in general on these issues. The Committee is working in conjunction with the CLE Committee to produce Seminars at our Annual Meetings. 

Institute for Family Law Associates Committee
The Institute for Family Law Associates Committee is a standing committee that is closed. The committee plans and presents a four (4) day comprehensive training program which is specifically designed for associates of AAML Fellows. Each June, Fellows from throughout the country teach and mentor the family law practice skills of associate attorneys on a variety of topics, including client and file management; understanding read 1040’s and financial statements; divorce tax issues; evidentiary issues; basics of business valuation in divorce; and other practice hot tips. Appointment to the Committee is made by the President after consultation with the Chair.

International Issues Committee
The International Issues Committee is a liaison committee that is open The purpose of the committee is to educate and assist AAML Fellow with identifying international issues in their cases.

JEB, NCCUSL Committee
The representatives of JEB, NCCUSL represents the Academy at the Uniform Laws Commission meetings and related meetings. Those representatives are appointed by the President. One seat opens in 2014, the other in 2015. 

Journal Editorial Board Committee
The Journal Editorial Board is a standing committee that is open. The committee is responsible for publishing the AAML Journal. The Board meets three (3) times a year to plan upcoming issues. Individual Editors are assigned to a specific issue and are responsible for obtaining authors and supervising the editorial process. Participation on the Journal Editorial Board is a major time commitment. Openings in the Board develop from time to time by appointment of the President with consultation with the Editor and Executive Editor. The Journal Editor becomes a non-voting Member of the Executive Committee.

Legislation Committee
The Legislation Committee is an open committee that monitors legislative initiatives in Congress and, to the degree possible, all 50 States, and either supports or opposes them depending on their compatibility with the Academy mission statement, its resolutions, and tasks assigned to the Committee. The Committee proposes appropriate subjects for new legislation, uniform laws, and treaties, in keeping with Academy positions and programs. Geographic diversity encouraged.

LGBTQ Committee
This is an open committee focusing its energies on issues involving same sex couples and parents married and not, with all of the complexities that family lawyers face as our society continue to struggle with issues of enormous significance in this area of our practices.

Mediation Committee
The Mediation Committee is a standing open committee within the Education section of the Academy responsible for producing basic and advanced mediation training programs in response to membership demand. In addition, the Committee provides updates to Fellows on various mediation topics including confidentiality, conflict of interest, practice techniques, etc. and serves as a resource for addressing issues relevant to Fellows providing mediation. Membership on the Mediation Committee should be limited to Fellows actually providing mediation services as a form of consensual dispute resolution.

Membership Committee
The Membership Committee is a standing committee that is open. The committee works with the Executive Committee, the Chapters and the Board of Governors in their efforts to attract new members to the Academy and to make the Fellowship experience as meaningful as possible for new and old members alike. The Membership Committee Chair becomes a non-voting Member of the Executive Committee. There are multiple subcommittees including Recruitment, Rewards, Retention, Diversity and Mentorship, which have their own vice-chairs.

Mid-Year Sports Events Committee
This Committee an open committee. The committee will organize and host mid-year sport activities. The Committee will explore the popularity and feasibility of offering fitness related opportunities to Fellows.

National Test Committee
The National Test Committee is an open committee responsible for administering and scoring the National Admissions Exam three (3) times each year. Each year it reviews and updates questions as necessary to ensure that the exam is relevant, accurate and appropriately difficult. The Committee is responsible for coordinating with the Admissions Committee on issues relating to the notification of examination topics to Applicants and the contents of the online bibliography of study materials.

Negotiation Seminar Committee
The Negotiation Committee is a Joint Conference committee that works closely with the Project on Negotiation at Harvard (PON) to put on a Seminar every other year. The next Seminar will take place in 2019. The conference focuses on highly complex family law situations faced by Fellows in their practices.

Newsletter and Social Media Marketing Committee
The Newsletter Committee is a standing committee that is open. The committee assists the Chair with the publication of the Newsletter and other electronic communications from the Academy Fellow and non- Fellows and with the posting of content to the Academy’s social media platforms. The Chair becomes a non-voting member of the Executive Committee.

Past Presidents Committee
The Past Presidents Committee (formerly known as Best Practices Committee) began as AAML Commission on the American Law Institute's Principles of Family Law drafted by ALI in lieu of a Restatement of Family Law. The AAML Commission evolved into a "think tank" to suggest the creation and publication of materials that enhance public awareness of the Academy and advance Fellows' practices. BPC productions include Model Parenting Plan, Alimony Guidelines, and the Educational Videos (posted on the Academy website) designed for use in law schools and for continuing legal education. This Committee is not open to appointments other than Past Presidents. 

Policies Committee
Chaired by the First Vice President and includes the President Elect and Counsel, as well as one of the six vice presidents, the policies committee provides written descriptions of the policies that govern the operations and work of the Academy, and makes proposals to the Executive Committee and Board of Governors for new policies and revisions to existing policies.

Practice and Technology Committee
The Practice and Technology Committee is a standing committee that is open. The committee develops programs to train Fellows in the use of technology in individual practices. The Technology Committee collects, analyzes and recommends ways to efficiently operate a law office. It provides articles and is a resources to other Committees for lecture topics. This Committee works to advance the Fellows’ awareness of the changing law concerning ESI and E-Discovery, to give the membership tools to use to meet new responsibilities placed upon attorneys by the law and provide resources for attorneys.

Professionalism and Collegiality Committee
This Committee is newly established to study and make recommendations and to present CLEs on professionalism and collegiality between our Fellows and in the legal communities in which we all practice, subject to Board of Governors’ approval.

Public Service & Education Committee
This Committee provides materials, such as videos posted on the AAML website that give the public basic, essential information about the law and process of family law matters.

Publications Review CommitteeThe Publications Review Committee is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and approving outside requests to reprint Academy publications, and to act on calendar posting requests.

Review Hotel Contracts Committee
The Contracts Committee is charged with the responsibility of reviewing Academy contracts, such as hotel and vendor contracts, and making recommendations to the Academy President, Executive Committee and Executive Director. The Contracts Committee also formulates general contract templates and provisions and makes recommendations if outside consultants or attorney should be engaged.

Senior Fellows Committee
The Senior Fellows Committee is a standing committee that is open. The committee focuses on issues that impact those among us who are in the later stages of our careers. The genesis of this Committee is founded upon the fact that roughly 500 of our more than 1,600 Fellows are over the age of 65 and that we want them to remain productive and involved members of our organization by recognizing their accomplishments and their evolving needs.

Sponsorship Committee
The standing Sponsorship Committee is open. The Sponsorship component of the Committee generates financial sponsors for Academy functions and projects.

Spousal Maintenance/Alimony Study Committee
This committee is investigating alimony reform across the country. It will serve as a resource and information bank on the subject of alimony reform.

Spring Meeting Golf Tournament Committee
This Committee is responsible for arranging the Spring Meeting Golf Tournament. 

Strategic Plan Implementation Committee
The Strategic Plan Implementation Committee is charged with the responsibility to periodically review and make recommendations concerning the implementation of the Strategic Plan adopted by the Board Of Governors.

Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Taskforce Committee
The AAML Unaccompanied Immigrant Children’s Taskforce has started working with the team at KIND to help Academy Fellows directly lend their expertise in difficult Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases. SIJS is a form of relief for children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by one or both parents, and for whom it is in their best interest to stay in the U.S. SIJS requires three steps: Petitioning the relevant state court for SIJS findings; Filing a SIJS petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); and Filing a permanent residency application with USCIS during the SIJS case. (The child will also need to appear in Immigration Court for brief appearances while the SIJS case is being processed.)

Webinar Committee
The Webinar Committee is a standing open committee responsible for producing continuing education programs for viewing online either "live" or on demand Committee's purpose is to brand the Academy as the premier continuing education provider in the United States and to generate revenue for the Academy.

Website Committee
The Website Committee is a standing committee that is open. The committee oversees the operations and continued development and evolution of the Academy’s presence on the Internet.

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