THE AAML ERIC D. TURNER AWARD is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. A $1,000 cash award is given to one third year law student from each of Pennsylvania’s law schools who, in the opinion of the Law School’s faculty, best demonstrates the positive attributes of a matrimonial lawyer: academic excellence; competence as practitioner; commitment to the practice and development of family law, including assisting the indigent and improving the quality of the administration of justice in the field of family law; and meeting the highest standards for ethical behavior.
This Award was created to honor and remember Eric D. Turner, a highly respected and beloved Fellow of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Since its inception in 2000, following Eric’s untimely passing, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the AAML has awarded over $80,000 in scholarships to third year law students attending schools in Pennsylvania.
Our purpose in creating and maintaining this award is to encourage law students to enter the field of family law. Many of our award recipients have in fact obtained employment with prestigious family law firms and have successful careers in family law.
The award is administered by Fellow Colleen M. Neary, Esquire, of Media, PA. Ms. Neary has been a Fellow of the American Academy since 2003 and practices primarily in Delaware County, PA. She is a founding member of Sweeney & Neary, LLP, a firm which limits its practice to matrimonial law.