fellowship is a key benefit of Academy membership. The national
Academy meets twice yearly. Each November at the annual session
in Chicago, there are committee meetings, educational programs,
elections of officers and board members, and social events. Each
March, the Academy holds its midyear meeting at various locations
throughout the United States.
Continuing Education . . .
The Academy has achieved national recognition by pioneering in-depth
studies of such issues as child custody, taxation, estate planning
and property valuation. Through in-depth
programs, the Academy has developed effective procedures
for resolving custody, support and enforcement matters. Experts
from various fields are frequently called upon as guest speakers
and panelists to provide a cross-fertilization of ideas that enhance
the skill and broaden the perspective of the family law practitioner.
Local Activities . . .
The Academy's thirty-three state chapters, representing Fellows
throughout the U.S., conduct local and statewide seminars designed
to develop a better understanding of family law and matrimonial
practice at the local level.
Academy Fellows regularly volunteer their skills in the family
law area for civic, legislative, educational and social groups
and for the media. Academy Fellows have been in the forefront in
developing and promoting legislation in many states and in Congress,
resulting in a revolution in divorce laws in the past twenty years.
Often, the Academy offers suggestions about proposed state and
federal legislation, which reflects the experience of those who
generally focus their practices on family law.