To become a Fellow, attorneys must meet rigorous membership criteria.
- Be recognized for their practice of family law by the bench and the bar in their jurisdiction
- Have been admitted to bar for at least 10 years, dedicating at least 75 percent of their practice to matrimonial law
- Have completed 15 hours of continuing legal education in each of the previous five years
- Pass a written examination on subjects pertaining to matrimonial and family law, administered by the National Board of Examiners
- Complete an interview and examination conducted by the Illinois Chapter Board of Examiners, as well as interviews by other matrimonial law practitioners in Illinois
- Commit to the ethical standards set forth in the “Bounds of Advocacy” as well as rules of professional conduct endorsed by the Illinois State Bar Association
- Demonstrate involvement in study or improvement of matrimonial law, such as publishing articles or teaching continuing education courses
- To start the Academy application process click here.