2020 AAML Mid-Year Meeting
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A week of exciting education, entertainment, food, and drinks with friends in splendid Montego Bay, Jamaica at the fabulous all-inclusive resort, Hyatt Ziva/Zilara. We have something for everyone to enjoy. Experience pristine beaches, luxurious accommodations, world-class “from the heart” service, unlimited dining and premium drinks. This will be a Mid-Year meeting like no other. Don’t miss this AAML, first-ever, all-inclusive experience. Rooms are limited. Prices go up after August deadline.

3/16/2020 to 3/21/2020
When: Monday, March 16, 2020
8:00 AM
Where: Hyatt Ziva/Zilara Rose Hall
Rose Hall Road, A1
Montego Bay
Contact: Jill Pena

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Register and book your hotel by August 1st and receive extra low registration fees.


Click here to book Family Rooms.


Click here to book Adult Only Rooms.

Book in the AAML room block by August 1st and you’ll automatically be entered to win a future complimentary 2-night hotel certificate to return to the Hyatt Ziva/Zilara Resort. Valid for 1 year after the conference dates. Winner will be announced on March 18th, 2020.



It is our great pleasure to invite you to join the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) for our first-ever MidYear Meeting, March 16-21, in beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica! We will meet at the fabulous Hyatt Ziva/Zilara Rose Hall resort (Ziva is family centered and Zilara is adults only). You will enjoy white sands, the Blue Mountains on the horizon, and a dedicated staff that greets and serves you “from the heart” with the warm Jamaican gesture of hand on heart.

Of course, the centerpiece of the meeting will be superb CLE, networking and friendship and networking opportunities. Early bird registration price of $599 is available through August 2019. Our opening reception and closing event are included in your registration.

CLICK HERE to download the schedule

To fully register you must also register for your hotel stay. Your hotel registration provides you with many benefits including a choice of seven restaurants plus room service, six bars, oceanside fire pits, two coffee bars, a sweet shop with ice cream, two magnificent pools in addition to the famous white beaches, water sports, two state-of-the-art workout facilities, childcare from 9 to 5 and 6 to 9 and much more. The hotel registration even covers your tax and tips and transportation to and from the airport.

We have also arranged with the Amstar Company to offer exceptional opportunities for offsite excursions to see Jamaica’s world-famous waterfalls, jungles and mountains, or to enjoy reggae music. The Annual Academy Golf Tournament will be held just ten minutes from the resort at the championship White Witch Golf Course, carved from the lush rolling countryside of Jamaica’s historic Rose Hall Plantation. Register for the tournament on the AmStar link. If you think you can’t plan that far in advance, we have cancellation insurance available for purchase. So join us in Jamaica, mon! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you won’t want to miss.


Susan Myres, President
Elizabeth Green Lindsey, President-Elect
Cary J. Mogerman, 1st Vice President

Laura C. Belleau, Vice President
Brent A. Cashatt, Vice President
Lee Rosenberg, Vice President
Thomas J. Sasser, Vice President
J. Benjamin Stevens, Vice President
Scott M. Mann, Treasurer
Leigh Baseheart Kahn, Secretary
Peter M. Walzer, Immediate Past President
Madeline Marzano-Lesnevich, Past President
Cheryl L. Hepfer, Counsel
Wynter Reneaux Collins, Parliamentarian
Richard A. Roane, Bylaws Chair
Thomas W. Wolfrum, Journal Editor
Cassandra M. Chin, Membership Chair
Jim N. Mueller, Newsletter Editor-In-Chief

Educational Program Co-Chairs

Jonathan Bates • Tina Shadix Roddenbery

CLE Day Coordinators

Helen R. Davis • Katharine Maddox • Anjela A. Shutts

CLE Committee

Amy J. Amundsen
Angela Pence England
Dana E. Prescott
Dawn R. Smith
Andrew Z. Soshnick
Brian C. Vertz

Monday, March 16
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Executive Committee Meeting Rose Hall Boardroom

Tuesday, March 17

Breakfast on your own – Group seating at Choicez Patio

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Committee Meetings - See Posted Schedule

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Chapter Leaders Meeting St. Andrews

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hennenhoefer Council St. Andrews

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception East Lawn

Dinner on your own – check sign up sheets for a few dine-around opportunities.

Wednesday, March 18

Breakfast on your own – Group seating at Choicez Patio

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Committee Meetings - See Posted Schedule

9:30 am – 12:45 pm

CLE Sessions Ballroom Salon 1&2

DAY COORDINATOR – Katharine Maddox

Partnership Interests, Private Equity Investments, Executive Compensation: How to Value, Divide and Conquer!

This presentation will focus on the challenges in identifying, valuing and dividing various forms of interests in partnerships, private equity investments and executive compensation. The panel will discuss tips on how to identify all of the benefits in an Executive Compensation Package to evaluate its impact on income and distribution, value those benefits and address ways of dividing benefits given the often-found restrictions contained in Executive Compensation packages. Valuing Partnership interests and Private Equity Investments will also be explored, addressing issues relating to buy-sell agreements, partnership agreements and dividing capital accounts. Private Equity Investments will be discussed as to valuation issues and distribution concerns in the matrimonial context.


Natalie S. Lemos, Leinoff & Lemos, PA, Miami, FL
Ed Mooney, BNY Mellon Wealth, New York, NY

Equal Parenting vs Best Interest

This session will consist of an in-depth discussion, debate and analysis on whether Equal Parenting is truly in the Best Interest of the Child(ren). The panel will debate the pros and cons of each position and the need for statutory presumptions (or not), as well as provide suggested alternatives on how to deal with those parents who simply cannot or will not co-parent.


Kiilu Davis, kdlaw, PC, Scottsdale, AZ
Robin M. Deutsch, Ph. D., ABPP, Wellesley, MA
Katherine A. Kinser, Kinser & Bates, LLP, Dallas, TX

11:30 – 11:45


Rebellion and Redemption: The Story of the Jamaican People from Bondage to Freedom

This presentation will provide an overview of Jamaican history and culture. It will look at the diverse groups of people arriving in Jamaica over the centuries from other parts of the world, bringing with them aspects of their own culture and creating a multiplicity of experiences as so fittingly expressed in Jamaica’s motto- Out of Many, One People. The lecture will emphasize the long struggle of Jamaicans against subjugation, injustice, economic deprivation and the fight for full freedom. It will recount the bravery of the women pirates of Port Royal, the resistance to slavery and cultural annihilation and the legendary exploits of the Jamaican maroons like Nanny who used her magic spells to catch the British bullets fired at her armies to the final blow to colonial oppression delivered by Sam Sharpe. The presentation will illuminate the rich African legacy that dared to survive and the emergence of a modern-day culture that is vibrant and colorful with major achievements in the areas of music, sports and tourism. The lecture will include the contributions of East Indians, Chinese, Lebanese, Syrians and Jews to the development of modern Jamaica.


Dr. Steeve Buckridge, Professor of African and Caribbean History at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Thursday, March 19

Breakfast on your own – Group seating at Choicez Patio

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Committee Meetings - See Posted Schedule

9:30 am – 12:45 pm

CLE Sessions Ballroom Salon 1&2


Top 7 Things to Know When Cross-Examining a Reasonable Compensation Expert

This presentation will explore why reasonable compensation is important in the area of family law. Factors to utilize in cross examining a reasonable compensation expert will be presented including job/role/individual comparisons. Attendees will be educated on primary compensation elements and various data sources, good and bad, to assist them in the cross examination, or preparation of, a compensation expert witness. Find out just when does pay become reasonable. Plus, examples and samples of document and information requests will be shared by the speakers.


Kelly A. Miles, Smith, Gilliam, Williams & Miles, Gainesville, GA
Edward R. Rataj, Compensation Consulting CBIZ, St. Louis, MO

Family Law Technology Toolbox

Every day, the family law practice becomes more involved in technology – from e-discovery to cyberspying – and effective lawyers have to keep up. The Practice & Technology Committee was formed as an alliance to study the impact of technology on our clients and our law offices. Today, five Tech aficionados will discuss cutting-edge solutions for the family lawyer.


Brian C. Vertz, Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz, LLC Pittsburgh, PA


Roberta S. Batley, Batley Powers Family Law PA, Albuquerque, NM
Susan Saper Galamba, McDowell, Rice, Smith & Buchanan, PC, Kansas City, MO
A. Craig Haston, The Haston Law Firm, PC, Houston, TX
Kenneth G. Raggio, Raggio & Raggio, PLLC, Dallas, TX
Kristal C. Thomson, Langley & Banack, Inc, San Antonio, TX

11:30 – 11:45


The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Working with, Representing, and Advocating to the Millennial

Issues concerning millennials most readily appear when you are speaking of employee relations - i.e., how to address their desire for work-life balance without eviscerating law firm profits; how to feed their need for self-actualization, while training them in the sophisticated skill of litigation; how to locate those with intrinsic motivation; how to use compensation structures to spur extrinsic motivation; and the like. This presentation will focus on the good, the bad, and the ugly of working with the Millennial Lawyer, Millennial Client, and maybe even the Millennial Judge.


Brandon R. Blevans, Blevans & Blevans, LLP, Santa Rosa, CA
Cheryl L. Hepfer, Offit Kurman, PA, Bethesda, MD
Lisa T. Spencer, Henson & Efron, PA, Minneapolis, MN
Natalia C. Wilson, Ain & Bank, PC, Washington, DC

Friday, March 20

Breakfast on your own – Group seating at Choicez Patio

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Committee Meetings - See Posted Schedule

9:30 am – 12:45 pm

CLE Sessions Ballroom Salon 1&2

DAY COORDINATOR - Anjela A. Shutts

Law Firm Marketing Strategies: Propelling Your Practice to the Next Level

A survey of marketing strategies to help build the practice you have always envisioned. This session will be an interactive discussion on specific marketing concepts, both traditional and contemporary, that family law practitioners may implement in growing their practice. We will also address certain ethical considerations you must consider when implementing these marketing strategies.


Jason Naimi, Naimi & Cerceo, Las Vegas, NV
Allison C. Williams, Williams Law Group, LLC, Short Hills, NJ
John Wright, Scorpion Internet Marketing, Valencia, CA

Negotiating Tax Clauses After TCJA - Which Side Do You Represent?

A demonstration of settlement and litigation techniques to work around or with TCJA’s new alimony, business passthrough income (IRC Sec. 199A) rules and its effect on premarital agreements and retirement plans.


Amy J. Amundsen, Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC, Memphis, TN


Michael I. Flores, Michael I. Flores, PC, Orleans, MA
Daniel J. Jaffe, Jaffe Family Law Group, Beverly Hills, CA
Marjorie A. O’Connell, Washington, DC

11:30 – 11:45


Top Ten Tips for Your Firm’s Future Growth

Learn how to future-proof your firm through personality profiling, increased team engagement and productivity, developing leadership skills; growing your team strategically through leveraging associates, compensation and hiring techniques, and by monitoring your key performance indicators; and using ethical fee models and structures to grow your firm’s bottom line.


Michael Hammond, Atticus, Inc., Mt. Dora FL
Scott M. Mann, Mann Tucker Muir, LLC, Leawood, KS
Jenny Stevens, The Stevens Firm, PA, Spartanburg, SC

1:30 pm – 5:30 pm*

Board of Governors Meeting St. Andrews

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Jamaican Festival Reception & Dinner DanceBallroom

*Meeting will conclude as soon as all business is completed but will go no later than 5:30 p.m..


Transportation To and From Airport Provided by the Hotel
3 Days of High-Quality CLE
Opening Reception and Closing Dinner
Unlimited Dining in 7 Restaurants for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Separate Adults Only and Family Sections
24 Hour Room Service (private events not included unless otherwise stated)
Wi-Fi in All Guest Rooms and Public Areas
Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Mini-Bar Restocking
Specialty Coffees and Teas
Onsite Sweet Shoppe
6 Bars and Lounges
Daily Scheduled Activities
Scheduled Stage Shows and Events
Non-Motorized Watersports
World Class Fitness Center and Classes
Oceanside Fire Pits
Kidz Club Child Care Center (Ages 4-12) (9a-5p / 6p-9p)
Kids Game Room (6p-10p)
The Best Hospitality in Jamaica
All Applicable Gratuities and Taxes Included.


Private Dining
Bottle Service (Wine/Liquor)
Professional Photography Sessions
Onsite Cigar Shop
Zen Spa (15% Discount)
Hair Salon Services
Several Gift Shops
Private Lessons (i.e., Tennis, Watersports, Scuba, Golf, Etc.)
Specialty Outlets (i.e. Japanese beer, Cigar Bar)
Laundry and Dry Clean Service
Trip Insurance Available
Off-Site Trips with AmStar



Book your tours, activities and transportation by March 4th, 2019

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The dress code for all events is resort wear.


HOTEL RESERVATIONS - Each individual reservation will be charged a three-night’s non-refundable deposit based on double occupancy, at the time the reservation is made. Balance of payment will be collected before your date of travel. The cancellation policy is as set forth in your hotel registration. For information on available cancellation insurance, refer to the main registration page for insurance options.

AAML REGISTRATIONS - The AAML registration fee is fully refundable Upon Written Request Received Prior To November 4, 2019. Registration fee is 50% refundable after November 4, 2019 and before January 1, 2020. NO REFUNDS GIVEN ON or AFTER JANUARY 1, 2020.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS - Please note that your passport must be valid for 6 months from date of departure.


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