I had the distinct pleasure of attending the annual Chicago Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Annual Gala a/k/a the “Prom” on April 27, 2010. I was particularly excited about this year’s event because they were honoring one of my favorite people and judges, the Honorable William Stewart Boyd (Cook County Circuit Court, Domestic Relations Division).
Judge Boyd was presented with the Samuel S. Berger Award by the AAML. This award is given to judges and attorneys who exemplify the highest standards of knowledge, integrity and the ability to solve difficult problems posed by the area of family law.
Judge Boyd is a very unique man. Not only does he demonstrate superior courtroom skills but he has a vast knowledge of the law and rules of civil procedure. Judge Boyd’s work ethic is exemplary. He works tirelessly starting his day at 6:30 a.m. with his infamous discovery court call and sometimes works straight through lunch into the early evening hours. Judge Boyd also has an incredibly calm judicial temperament which is crucial in the emotionally charged area of divorce law. Judge Boyd’s special knack is his ability to create and recommend pragmatic solutions as an alternative to time consuming and expensive litigation.
Congratulations Judge Boyd…the award is long overdue and well deserved.