Harding & Associates principal John Harding has been admitted as a Fellow in the prestigious International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The IAML is a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognized by their peers as the most experienced and expert family law specialists in their respective countries. Including John, there are only four IAML Fellows in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and only eight Fellows in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Academy was formed in 1986, inspired in part by the success of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an organization founded in 1962 to improve the practice of law and administration of justice in the area of divorce and family law in the USA.
The primary objective of the Academy is to improve international family law practice throughout the world. It pursues that objective in a number of ways: creating a network of expertise in international family law around the world providing its fellows with information about both international and national developments in the law; offering advice and assistance to the wider public; promoting law reform and, where possible, harmonization of law.
The Academy website provides outline details on the work of the Academy and on the fellows of the Academy to the general public. Individual members of the public, and other professionals including other lawyers, are thereby able to identify legal expertise from around the world, and are offered information on some of the key issues in international family law.