Advocacy 2002

2002 – AWARD RECIPIENT – BROTHERS IN ARMS AWARD – Mike Ditka presented Firm Attorneys Jeffery M. Leving and James Hagler the award for their longtime efforts defending fathers’ rights.

2002 – INVITED LECTURER – FATHERS’ RIGHTS WORKSHOP – Mr. Leving was an invited lecturer at this workshop sponsored by Congressman Danny K. Davis’ Fathers, Families & Public Policy Task Force and the Fatherhood Educational Institute. The purpose of the workshop was to teach fathers how to represent themselves in the courtroom and how to prepare the proper documents in various cases.

2002 – CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY- THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SUB-COMMITTEE ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE, DRUG POLICY, AND HUMAN RESOURCES – Mr. Leving presented data substantiating that the most reliable predictor of crime in America is father absence. He also recommended positive father involvement as a deterrent to crime as well as drug abuse.

2002 – GUEST SPEAKER- 2002 ANNUAL FATHERHOOD EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT & RESOURCE FAIR – Hosted by Congressman Danny K. Davis, Malcolm X College, Chicago, IL – Mr. Leving presented on behalf of the Fatherhood Educational Institute at this meeting.

2002 – GUEST SPEAKER – THE NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE’S FIFTH NATIONAL SUMMIT ON FATHERHOOD – Mr. Leving discussed and analyzed Marriage, Divorce, and the Effects on Children. Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon, U.S. Senator Rick Santorum and Congressman Jim Turner were among the Honorary Co-Chairs.

2002 – GUEST SPEAKER – FAMILY SUPPORT AMERICA – 9TH BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE, Chicago, IL. Mr. Leving examined and analyzed the contribution of responsible fatherhood to the process of building a strong community. Dr. Wade Horn, Assistant Secretary For Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, also contributed as a guest speaker.

2002 – GUEST COMMENTATOR – THE ABRAMS REPORT – MSNBC – Topic: Analyzing the Andrea Yates Case.

2002 – GUEST COMMENTATOR – THE GRETA VAN SUSTEREN SHOW – Fox National News – Topic: Analyzing the Andrea Yates Case.

2002 – GUEST COMMENTATOR – CATHERINE CRIER LIVE – Court-TV – Topic: The Kantaras Divorce, Custody and Adoption case.


2002 – KEY LECTURER – THIRD ANNUAL SOUTHWESTERN FATHERHOOD CONFERENCE 2002, Mesa Arizona – Mr. Leving led a workshop entitled “Legal Issues for Fathers: A Father’s Rights… A Child’s Needs”.