American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, a national charitable organization committed to helping protect children and families, announced that it has awarded a $5,000 grant to Philadelphia VIP. The Philadelphia-based charity was founded in 1981 and promotes equal justice for the poor by providing civil legal services not otherwise available, collaborating with other legal services organizations, and promoting a culture of volunteerism by educating and exposing attorneys and law students to poverty issues.
Our newsletter will feature a Fellow every month to help connect the names and faces of the many Fellows within the Academy. This month, we feature Ashby Jones of Kinard & Jones, LLC in Lexington, South Carolina:
My family and I just returned from our Spring Break in Grand Canyon National Park. I agreed to write this article while traveling to the airport. So, the “five tips” format was on my mind as we flew to Arizona. Topics on which I could write were turning in my mind as well. It occurred to me: maybe I can be a trailblazer for those thinking of visiting Grand Canyon. So while driving, walking, hiking, dining and sleeping this week, I gathered these five tips for a visit to Grand Canyon.
The AAML Foundation is very pleased to have a section in the AAML Newsletter which will, from time to time, feature our charitable mission and what we do, as well as articles spotlighting our grant recipients and the great work they are able to do with sponsorship from our donors. We will share tips for how to donate to the Foundation both now and in through future legacy gifts, endowments and bequests.
In early 1962 nine lawyers practicing family law met at the now-razed Sherman Hotel in Chicago across the street from the Cook County courthouse. The purpose of the meeting was to determine if they could do anything to improve the practice of matrimonial law both in Chicago and hopefully someday, the nation. I had recently passed the Bar and was invited by my father Samuel Rinella to attend the meeting. Set forth below are my recollections of the first meetings of that group that eventually formed the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.