Community Outreach

AAML-Illinois donates $5,000 to
Illinois Bar Foundation for COVID relief

Illinois Bar Foundation for COVID relief

Grund & Leavitt, P.C. partner Adam Kibort (right), the president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, presents a $5,000 check to Illinois Bar Foundation Executive Director Stacey Meehan (left) and IBF president and AAML-IL Board member Lisa M. Nyuli, Partner, Ariano, Hardy, Ritt, Nyuli, Richmond, Lytle & Goettel, P.C. (center).

The presentation culminated a month-long AAML-IL dollar-for-dollar challenge grant that raised a total $10,000 for the IBF’s COVID-19 Lawyers Care Relief Fund. The ongoing fund has benefited attorneys whose business suffered during the global pandemic.

THEIR GENEROSITY CONTINUES TO INSPIRE

On November 19, 2019, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers  presented Chicago Volunteer Legal Services executive director Margaret Benson, and Deputy Director Phil Mohr with a check from the AAML’s National Foundation to further support our Child Representative Program.

Tens of thousands of pro bono attorneys have provided high quality free legal services to low-income Chicagoans through CVLS since 1964. Last year alone, CVLS volunteer attorneys handled more than 3,000 cases for Chicago area clients for free. More than 2/3 of those cases involved litigation in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Included in those numbers are 300 children that had attorneys for their custody cases, thanks to CVLS’ Child Representative Program. Domestic Relations judges appoint CVLS to serve as Child Reps in nearly two hundred cases every year. Thanks to this program, children from poor families have their own attorneys to advocate for their best interests in court and with their families. This program gives these children a voice.

An integral part of the Illinois Chapter’s mission is supporting not-for-profit organizations and initiatives by professional associations which build bridges between family lawyers and the public. The Chapter is committed to increasing understanding of—and access to—family law.

Charitable support

The Illinois Chapter has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to the AAML Foundation and other charitable groups.  Organizations benefitting from these donations include:

  • The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Crisis Center for South Suburbia
  • Food for the Poor
  • Illinois Bar Foundation
  • SHALVA
  • WINGS Program, Inc.