Since completing his law degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Jeffery Leving has combined a career as an acclaimed family rights attorney with a commitment to fathers’ rights. He serves as the president of the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd., which hosts the Arthur S. Kallow Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar Series.
The Kallow CLE Seminar Series has provided continuing education to more than 1,000 attorneys since its launch in 2014. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about various areas of family law and fathers’ rights from some of the most renowned and respected names in the field. Over the years, the Kallow seminars have featured attorneys including James Hagler, who presented on strategies in family law litigation; and Maureen Gorman, who lectured on the new Illinois child support statute.
The seminar series is named for the acclaimed matrimonial lawyer Arthur S. Kallow, an award-winning attorney who graduated from Northwestern University. Mr. Kallow has served as a keynote speaker for the series, presenting on topics such as child advocacy and issues that arise when dealing with child guardians.
Since 1986, Jeffery Leving has served as president of the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd., a Chicago-based law firm where he works to safeguard fathers’ rights. Internationally renowned for his work in the area of fathers’ rights, Mr. Leving founded the Fatherhood Educational Institute.
The Fatherhood Educational Institute aims to improve the parenting skills of incarcerated fathers and those from underprivileged backgrounds. The institute recognizes the importance of paternal involvement and works to promote fatherhood in neighborhoods plagued by poverty.
To accomplish its goals, the Fatherhood Educational Institute regularly holds several events and programs, including Fatherhood Support, which includes information sessions and panel discussions that inform fathers of the services at their disposal to improve their involvement as fathers in their children’s lives. The institute also hosts the Incarcerated Fathers Project to help fathers become more involved with their children during their time in prison, as well as after their release. Further, the institute provides a list of organizations that offer valuable resources that help men become better fathers.
An established Chicago-based attorney, Jeffery Leving maintains an internationally respected fathers’ rights practice that has been successful in reuniting many fathers with their children. Recently interviewed by NBC’s Art Norman, Jeffery Leving touched on his background growing up on the South Side of Chicago and his firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by young men in the neighborhood that continue to this day.
As Mr. Leving described it, there is a direct relationship between the absence of fathers and crime, which has resulted in a murder rate four times greater than that in New York City. With more than 50 percent of children in the area born to single parents, a core priority is to connect fathers in meaningful ways with their children.
As Mr. Leving puts it, “One involved father is more effective than 10 armed police officers on the street.” Rather than simply reacting to crime and making arrests, dads in responsible relationships with their kids work to actively prevent crime.
A video Mr. Leving made emphasizes the importance of “virtual visitation” by fathers who are incarcerated or are ex-offenders in making a positive impact. One featured father was held in prison for 17 years on a murder conviction, yet ultimately gained the will and support to assimilate into society and reunite with his family.
An internationally recognized Chicago attorney, Jeffery Leving emphasizes a leading-edge approach to contentious divorce and paternity cases. At the Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving, Ltd., he concentrates on protecting relationships between fathers and their children. Respected in his field, Jeffery Leving recently appeared at the 19th Annual Families and Fathers National Conference as the keynote speaker.
In his address at the Los Angeles event, titled “Social Justice to Improve Outcomes for Fathers, Children and Communities,” Mr. Leving cited his 15 years of support for the Fathers and Families Coalition of America. He described his core focus on fathers’ rights as reflecting his conviction that children need the love and support of both of their parents to reach their maximum potential. His work in the fathers’ rights sphere lays the essential groundwork for creating healthy communities across the country.
Hosted at the Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel, the conference brought together a host of leaders and experts in the emerging field of fathers’ rights. Topics addressed through workshops and lectures at the event included “The Fathers’ Impact on Child Development” and “The Impact of Fatherlessness.”