Founded in 1962, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers is a national not-for-profit membership association composed of the nation’s leading matrimonial lawyers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, totalling over 1600 Fellows.
Mission: The mission of the AAML is to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.
Vision: The AAML is the preeminent organization of family law lawyers, and the best resource for clients, lawyers, judges, educators and the public.
Values: The AAML will: recognize and promote excellence in the practice of family law; practice and uphold ethics, integrity, and professionalism at all times; serve as the foremost authority and resource on family law; advance civility and collegiality among our fellows; and advocate for the advancement of family law.
Fellows of the Academy specialize in all issues related to marriage, divorce, annulment, matters affecting unmarried cohabitants, child custody and visitation and property distribution, alimony and support. Each fellow must demonstrate by personal conduct a professional and ethical commitment to his or her clients and to society at large in resolving what are often intensely emotional and complex family problems. By demonstrating the highest standards of matrimonial practice themselves, Fellows of the Academy have set the standard for the rest of the matrimonial bar and have helped improve the quality of family law practice throughout the country for lawyers and litigants alike.
The Northern California chapter is one of 31 chapters that conduct local continuing education programs, participate in the legislative process and engage in a variety of other activities to serve the public and improve the practice of matrimonial law.