Community Outreach

Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
sponsors $5,000 challenge grant to support Feeding Illinois

Feeding Illinois
Photo: Tom A. McDonald

Lisa Nyuli (left), partner, Ariano Hardy Ritt Nyuli Richmond Lytle & Goettel P.C. and member of the Board of Managers of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), presents a check to Stephen D. Ericson (right), executive director of Feeding Illinois, and Julie Yurko (center), executive director of the Northern Illinois Food Bank, to support hunger relief during the Christmas season.

The Chapter’s $5,000 grant was designed to attract another $5,000 in contributions. This challenge exceeded its goal, with donations to Feeding Illinois totaling $11,166.75 for the purchase or more than 89,000 meals for Illinois residents facing hunger and food insecurity.

Feeding Illinois is the statewide affiliate of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, supporting food banks, food pantries and meal programs with food, funds and advocacy. The Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva, Ill. is one of the eight food banks that, as part of the Feeding Illinois network, reach every county in the state.

Family Law Foundation awards $5,000 grant to
the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic
Photo: Shin Lim

James M. Quigley (left), partner, Beermann LLP, in his capacity as president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), presents a check to Susan Shulman (right), executive director of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic in Highland Park, Ill. The $5,000 grant was awarded by the AAML Foundation, which provides funds to charitable organizations across the country that help families and particularly children adversely affected by the breakup of the family unit.

The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic provides accessible, quality pro bono legal services to residents of Lake County and suburban Cook County in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, and housing. Their mission is to provide those in need of access to justice with the opportunity to pursue secure and productive lives.

Family Law Foundation awards $5,000 grant to
WINGS, advocates for survivors of domestic violence

Grant to WINGS
Photo: Gosia Matuszewska

Adam Kibort (right), partner, Grund & Leavitt, P.C. and past president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), presents a check to Rebecca Darr (left), executive director of WINGS, the leading support and advocacy organization for survivors of domestic violence. The $5,000 grant was awarded by the AAML Foundation, which provides funds to charitable organizations across the country that help families and particularly children adversely affected by the breakup of the family unit.

Founded in 1985, WINGS seeks to fulfill its mission—to provide housing, integrated services and education—while offering a pathway to independence for people whose lives have been disrupted by domestic violence. Toward that end, WINGS maintains a vital advocacy program while directly assisting hundreds of people each year.

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
  • Feeding Illinois
  • Food for the Poor
  • Illinois Bar Foundation
  • North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic
  • SHALVA
  • WINGS Program, Inc.

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.