Family Matters 2023

Giving Back Has Never Felt So Good


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At some point in our lives, we have have or will be impacted by divorce, domestic violence, or other form of family transition or trauma.  For some of us, it's watching a friend or family member take abuse...either emotionally or physically.  For others, it's watching a once perfect family crumble - emotionally, financially and socially - from the pain or circumstances arising from separation.  We know the tremendous impact family crisis has on individuals - especially children. And, we want to help. 

What will you do???

We, as a foundation, are here to help you do your part in preserving the goodness of lives free of fear, free of abuse and full of opportunities. 

Since 2016, the ACFLS Charitable Foundation has been providing much needed support to the organizations that provide resources to family law litigants and other programs that serve families in crisis and transition. We have done this by way of grants, funded by supporters like you.  Supporters who believe in the value of giving whatever they can to make somebody's else's life better, safer and to give them the hope of a better future. To date, these grants have amounted to over $100,000, helping agencies and non-profits throughout the State of California, protect and support some of the most impactful work being done.  

We have funded organizations such as: 

- Levitt Quinn 

- Harriet Buhai 

- Harmony At Home

- Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice

- LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services

- Helping Hands Center 

- Angel Flight West


But, the foundation is not only about grants and monetary support of our community partners.  In 2022, the ACFLS Charitable Foundation created the Soaring For Safety Program in collaboration with Angel Flight West, a SoCal based organization that, by use of General Aviation, helps lower the barriers that prevent access to travel in cases of domestic violence/abuse.  The program is designed to educate attorneys, mediators and other family law professionals, how to tap into this valuable service and ensure that victims are no longer in harms matter what their financial status is.  This collaboration is the first of it's kind in California and is designed to be expanded upon as the needs dictate.  

Program details can be found at: Soaring For Safety


Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis (Ret.) is among our foundations most ardent supporters. An ACFLS member and AAML fellow Judge Lewis is known throughout the state for his family law expertise and passion for helping others in times of need. 

In 2014, Judge Lewis suggested that ACFLS should be thinking about a larger legacy, and doing something to positively impact not just our own members, but all those who come in contact with California family courts. He pledged his own money to the cause, and we took up the challenge.

Watch as Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis (Ret.) discusses the importance of the ACFLS Charitable Foundation with past president Joseph Bell

We know how to help solve the problems our communities face, and we make progress every day thanks to the help of people like you, our local partners and generous supporters.

If we work together, we believe everyone will have access to justice, a safe environment for their children, and the help they need when they need it most.




High Conflict Institute has created this video series that presents an overview of DV/IPV facing family law professionals. The featured experts offer concrete advice about how to screen for DV/IPV, assess the level of danger, and work towards safe and healthy resolutions for families.

This course is included with a $1000 donation to the campaign and is eligible for up to 6 MCLE Credits and Certificate of Completion will be issued at the end of the course. Please contact High Conflict Institute for credit information.

For more details on the course, please visit the High Conflict Institute Course Site

Donor gift generously provided by High Conflict Institute (Bill Eddy and Megan Hunter)


This contributor represents a an extreme level of commitment to family law philanthropy with their gift of $5,000 or more.

High Conflict Legal Dispute Resolver Certification INCLUDED with the Presidents Council Donor Level.

This certification course is an advanced training taught by high-conflict expert, Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., CINO of the High Conflict Institute, that describes the surprising and predictable patterns of behavior of five high conflict personality disorders, with effective methods for ethically managing them in legal disputes, both in and out of court. 

The certification course is designed for all lawyers, judges, paralegals, and others assisting in the resolution of legal disputes.
 10 Continuing Legal Education credits are available for California lawyers and those in other states which recognize California’s credits.

Donor gift generously provided by High Conflict Institute (Bill Eddy and Megan Hunter)

Donations Appreciated In ANY Amount.  

**The ACFLS Charitable Foundation is a registered 501c3 tax exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.  Please consult your tax professional regarding specific questions about your deductions.**

Your Charitable Foundation Board

Abbas Hadjian | Michael Winestone | Tatyana Skevin | Dianne Fetzer | Brett Berman | Joseph Bell | Debra Frank | Jinna Kang | John Lazor | JB Rizzo | Lynda Schauer | Wendy Sheinkopf | Tracy Duell-Cazes | Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis (Ret.)


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