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Family Law Litigation Committee



This committee assists the litigator of domestic relations and family law disputes through the presentation of programs, forums for exchange of information, and regular communication on family law matters. A particular focus of the family law committee is on providing representation or assistance to unrepresented parties in family law matters, through pro se and pro bono efforts, and the role that individual practitioners and the bar can play in these efforts.

The committee follows national developments in family law litigation and brings appropriate issues to the attention of the Section for its input and action.

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Seeking Volunteers for Military Pro Bono Cases

The Military Pro Bono Project is looking for our assistance, especially in Texas, to provide pro bono representation to service members in family law matters. The Project helps those who are sacrificing greatly for their country by moving pro bono referrals straight from military law offices to willing-and-able private-sector lawyer volunteers throughout the country.

Extended American military missions overseas have generated unprecedented civil-law challenges for service members, many of whom have left family, home, and job for years at a time to serve their country in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations.

There are online resources available to you to help you provide assistance in your representation of the military personnel. In addition, there is no continuing obligation once you provide the agreed upon representation. You can also call for more information and then decide not to take the case.

All the cases are screened by a supervising military attorney and then by Jason Vail, project director of the Military Pro Bono Project and head of the Military Project with the ABA. (ABA membership is not a required.)

For more information, visit www.militaryprobono.org or call 312-988-5783. To see open cases organized by state, please visit our Military Pro Bono Project page.

Message from the Chairs

Dear Committee Members,

Happy New ABA Year! Are you looking for opportunities to become involved with the Family Law Litigation Committee?  If so, there are a number of opportunities available for those Committee Members that seek to become involved with the Committee.  Depending on your preference, whether it is writing, editing or programming, there is something for each and every member of the Committee.  The following are some of the opportunities available to our Committee Members:

  • Membership (retaining and attracting members to the Committee)

  • Programs and CLEs (proposals for Roundtables)

  • Sound Advice

  • E-Newsletter (helping the Newsletter Editor obtain submissions, review, and editing the submissions for publication)

  • Website (updating the Committee website with news and developments of interest to our membership)

  • Social Media (assist the Subcommittee Chair with LinkedIn content for the Committee’s subaccount)

Committee participation is rewarding as you will be able to network with other family law professionals across the country and exchange ideas that will strengthen your core skill set.  If you are interested, please take the next step and contact either of the Committee Co-Chairs, Dolly Hernandez at dolly.hernandez@rafool.com and Rita M. Aquilio at aquilio@maurosavolaw.com for more information. 

We look forward to your participation!

Dolly Hernandez and Rita M. Aquilio, Co-Chairs of the Family Law Litigation Committee


Our active subcommittees include:

  • Programming
  • Membership


  • Website
  • Newsletter

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:


Family Law Litigation Leadership

Cochairs Web Editors Newsletter Editor Social Media Chair

Dolly Hernandez

Miami, FL

Rita M. Aquilio

Somerville, NJ

David L. Gresen

Woodbury, NY

Jonathan Lounsberry

Spartanburg, SC

Sahmra A. Stevenson

Greenbelt/Rockville/Columbia, MD