2019 AAML Institute For Family Law Associates - Introductory
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6/20/2019 to 6/23/2019
When: Thursday, June 20, 2019
1:00 PM
Where: Loews Chicago Hotel
455 N. Park Drive
Chicago, Illinois  60611
United States
Contact: Angela Dillingham

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A smart investment with impressive results.

Lauded as the "one of the best things that the AAML does for its Fellows," and "widely believed to be the premier program that the AAML produces," the Institute is currently accepting registrations for its 2019 Introductory Program, scheduled to take place at the Loew’s Hotel in Chicago from Thursday, June 20 through Saturday, June 23, 2019. The registration fee is $1,750.

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For 2019, we are presenting the Introductory Program, only. This is a comprehensive training program that has been specially developed for associates of AAML Fellows with approximately 1-3 years of experience in family law. Space is limited to the first 40 registrants in order to maintain a small and intimate class size with the Institute's faculty members.

Each associate from an AAML Fellow's law firm attending the Introductory Program will learn:

  • How to analyze 1040s, 1120s, and corporate financial statements
  • Divorce Tax issues
  • Basics of business valuation and retirement assets in divorce.
  • Trial preparation: use of experts and handling issues arising from social media
  • Tips on being the most effective 2nd chair at a trial
  • Meeting with clients and key tools to market the law firm

The Institute programs are taught by a nationally renowned faculty of Fellows who have decades of experience in helping associate lawyers successfully achieve higher levels of excellence. Among the many positive reviews from attendees of prior programs, include: “a great program that will help me grow,” “provided tips that I am hoping to implement,” “trial preparation was extremely informative,” “the divorce tax issues program was exactly what I was hoping it would be” and “I have no doubt that I am a better attorney as a result of participating in this program.”

Each associate is assigned an individual Fellow faculty member who serves as a mentor and personally guides the attendee through all aspects of the program - answering questions, providing encouragement, and sharing valuable legal experience. In addition to mastering and sharpening necessary skills, the associate will have a unique opportunity to meet peers and Fellows from diverse regions throughout the country. Making these connections has proven to expand networking prospects and referral bases, and many of these relationships last for years afterward.

For additional information regarding the details of the program, please contact the Institute Co-Chairs:

Sylvia Goldschmidt
(914) 681-6006

Elizabeth Green Lindsey
(404) 261-3900

There is a reason why AAML presidents send their own associates…

Jim McLaren
President – 2014/2015

“The AAML Institute is truly a hidden gem. . . . With the quality of this program, we should be running out of space early and regularly.”

Maria P. Cognetti
President – 2013/2014

“The AAML Institute for Family Law Associates is well worth the investment. The associate from my firm returned excited, confident, and eager to share her newly obtained knowledge and skills.”

Alton Abramowitz
President – 2012/2013

“The Fellows of the Academy widely believe that this is the premier program that we produce. Every associate that attends comes back from the experience fired up and enthusiastic about the practice of family law.”

Gaetano Ferro
Past President

“The faculty is first-rate and goes out of their way to educate and interact with the attendees during the day and even into the evening hours. I have sent associates to the program and they have always benefitted immeasurably.”

James Hennenhoefer
Past President

“This is a must do course for your family law associates. This education is provided by the best and most experienced faculty in the country. Attendance at these seminars will enhance the maturation process of your associates by 3-5 years.”

Cheryl Lynn Hepfer
Past President

“The Institute provides an opportunity for our associates to learn from the best in our profession. . . The mentoring they receive is priceless.”

Marlene Eskind Moses
Past President

“The Institute truly catapults the learning curve of the attendees. It begins the formation of a supportive professional network of peers and experts which the associates can then draw from throughout their careers.”

A block of rooms at a preferred rate of $280/night plus taxes has been reserved at:
Loews Chicago Hotel
455 N. Park Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Contact the Loews Hotel directly to reserve your room by clicking here

Make your reservations before May 20, 2019 for the AAML rate.

*The cost of the room is not included in the Tuition cost.

Cancellation policy:
Any cancellation prior to June 1, 2019 will receive full refund, less $150.00.
No refund for cancellation after June 1, 2019


Thursday, June 20, 2019

12:00 – 12:45

Registration at the Loews Chicago Hotel

12:45 – 1:00 Computer Turn On; Student Introductions
Welcome by Elizabeth Lindsey and Sylvia Goldschmidt
1:00 – 1:15 Welcome by Peter Walzer, President of AAML
1:15 – 2:15 Getting started with the client
File management, client control
Working with clients, judges, opposing counsel
Rainmaking 101
Chery Hepfer
2:15- 3:00 A Vocabulary for Retirement Assets
Elizabeth Lindsey

3:00 – 3:15 Break

3:15- 5:15 Accounting 101 (Part 1)
What secrets personal tax returns can tell
How to read financial statements
Steve Arnold
Sylvia Goldschmidt

5:15 – 5:45 Mentor group meeting

7:00 – 9:00 Reception and dinner
Gino’s (162 E. Superior Street)

Friday, June 21, 2019

7:30 – 8:30

Breakfast and meeting with mentors

8:30 – 9:15 Emerging Issues in Same-Gender Cases
David Horowitz
9:15 – 10:00 Navigating the Language and Terminology of Business Valuation
Tim Madden
10:00 – 10:15 15 minute break
10:15 –12:45 Introduction to Business Valuation Issues
- definitions and premises of value
- approaches, methods and procedures
Stacy Preston Collins CPA/ABV of Financial Research Associates
[break to be taken at the discretion of the speakers]
12:45 – 1:00 Mentor group meeting
Complete Evaluations for Thursday and Friday
Lunch and afternoon - free time
7:00 – 10:00 Registrants will have dinner with their individual mentor group
Saturday, June 22, 2019

7:30 – 8:30

Breakfast and meeting with mentors

8:30 – 9:15 Second Chair in a Family Law Trial
Cary J. Mogerman
9:15 – 10:15 Accounting 101 (Part 2)
Steve Arnold
Sylvia Goldschmidt
10:15 – 10:30 15 minute break
10:30 – 11:00 Social Media and Family Law
Ben Stevens
11:00 – 11:45 Custody Cases from Intake to Resolution (Part 1)
Laura Belleau
11:45- 12:45 Lunch at the hotel with all Registrants and Faculty
12:45 – 2:00 Trial Preparation Issues
- Evidentiary issues
- Making and Meeting Objections
- Exhibit Preparation and Use
- Working with the Witness, including Experts
- Expert Witness Preparation
Sandra Mayberry and Rich Jacobs
2:00 – 2:45 Custody Cases from Intake to Resolution (Part 2)
Laura Belleau
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:00 Divorce Tax
Tom Ries and Cary Mogerman
4:00 – 4:30 Cross-Examination and Deposing the Business Valuation Expert
Tim Madden
4:30 – 5:00 Individual mentor group meeting
Complete Evaluations for Saturday and Program s
Saturday night, registrants are free and should make plans for dinner
9:00 Gathering for everyone in the Hospitality Suite
Sunday, June 23, 2019

7:30 – 8:30

Breakfast and meeting with mentors

8:30 – 9:15 Hot Tips
9:15 – 10:15 The Best Associate Ever
That Wicked Associate
Ben Stevens
10:15 – 11:00 Reasoning with Unreasonable People
Dealing with Personality Disorders Elizabeth Lindsey
11:00 – 11:45 Is there Life After Law School
Quality of Life Issues
11:45 Saying Goodbye


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