18 Barrister 23 (1991-1992)
Our Court Systems are Biased against Men

handle is hein.journals/barraba18 and id is 137 raw text is: OUR COURT
SYSTEMS
ARE BIASED
AGAINST MEN

That's why they
have lost their
rights, says Jeffery
Leving, who might
be the only lawyer
in America fighting
on their behalf
BARRISTER Interview
by Vicki Quade
Nothing much happens to %'omen
who violate court-ordered visitation
decrees, but a father who is late in
making child support payments will
be prosecuted by the state's attor.
ney's office in a heartbeat, says Jef-
fery Leving.
He also believes thqt:
a Fathers are reluctant to press for
cnstody of their children because the
court system in America is over-
whelningly pro-femnale, and they
know they'll spend a lot of money
and still lose their fight.
0 Most lawyers, even if they're rep-
resenting the father in a divorce case,
are actually on the side of the mother.
* Abortion is ivrongfully viewed as
an issue that pits the rights of the child
against the rights of the mother. No-
body seems to consider the rights of
the father.
Whether you agree with him or not,
Leving, a Chicago lawyer specializ-
ing in divorce cases, has made a ca.
reer as one of the few mouthpieces
for men's rights in this country.

Born in Chicago, Leving is a grad.
itate of 1IT-Chicago Kent College of
Law. He started his law career in
1979 at the Chicago Volunteer Legal
Services before going solo two years
later.
At first he specialized in criminal
defense, but says he found the work
unfulfilling. He switched to family
law and quickly found himself rep-
resenting mostly men.
Divorce is often an ugly and vio-
lent thing. Leving tells what hap-
pened to one of his clients: I
represented a father whose daughter
was being concealed by the mother
out of state. This guy was my client
for a long time, and I found where
this child was concealed.
I got Ihim visitation rights. The
father was really straightening his life
out, he had a fiancee, and everthing
was going w'ell. I was ready to go to
his wedding. One day he ivent with
his fiancee to visit his daughter, and
his ex-wife's father shot and killed the
two of them.
In 1985, he contributed to the
drafti,.g of the Illinois Joint Custody
Law, then pushed to get it through
the Illinois GeneralAssembly. He has
also pushed for liberalizing visitation
rights for grandparents, and believes
that a father should have the right to
save the life of his umborn child and
raise the child.
Leving has one of the most recog-
nizable names ,,nong Chicago law-
yers. His ardi.,ies, letters to the editor,
and cohmrns ha ve appeared in nearly
every Chicago-based publication
from Playboy to Today's Chicago
Woman. He sends out regular press
releases commenting on how men are
affected by a local ruling or divorce-
related incident.
He also advertises his services on
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