From the 2017 President

Welcome to the website for the Northern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).

The Northern California Chapter is one of the longest standing and most active chapters in the AAML. Our Fellows have served the AAML as President of the national academy, as national governors, as editors of the AAML Journal, and as members of numerous national committees. In California, our Fellows serve as leaders in the state and county bar associations across Northern California. We testify before the California Legislature regarding new laws, and we contribute legal briefs on important family law cases to California’s courts of appeal and supreme court. The members of our chapter are thought leaders at the state and national levels of family law.

Designation as a fellow in the AAML requires earning a position at the forefront of the family law bar and establishing a record of leadership in family law practice.

Our Northern California Chapter hosts an annual symposium in May in Napa, California, which is open to the public.  At the symposium, AAML academy fellows, family-law judicial officers, and other invited speakers present on cutting-edge family-law topics, and participants enjoy receptions, a group dinner, and the incomparable Napa Valley.  Our next symposium will be May 4-6, 2018. 

Our chapter is devoted to helping new family law attorneys become more knowledgeable members of our family law community.  We host a trial practicum every other year, in which emerging family law attorneys have an opportunity to hone their trial skills for a family law trial.  The event culminates with mock trials at the San Francisco courthouse.  Our next trial practicum will be October 24-27, 2018.

Our fellows have established mentoring groups in nearly every Bay Area county, meeting monthly with developing family law attorneys to discuss the practice of family law. 

At our annual “Mentees, Associates, and Interested Practitioners Night,” we invite new family law practitioners to enjoy an interactive program and socialize with our fellows.     

Please explore our website. You will learn more about the AAML and find comprehensive biographical information on each of our Northern California fellows. You will also find information about our continuing-legal-education programs that we sponsor, as well as our history of extensive community outreach and charitable contributions.

Thank you for giving us the chance to introduce the Northern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. It is our privilege to be at your service.

Regards,
Ellen Winick Stross
Berra Stross & Wallacker
2017 AAML Nor Cal President