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BLOG: The "Doctrine of Consular Nonreviewability" Explained
AILA members Sabrina Damast and Eric Lee discuss the “doctrine of consular nonreviewability,” which they recently wrote about in an article published in the November, 2022 edition of the AILA Law Journal. AILA members, don’t forget to access y...

Immigration Update: Funding the USCIS Case Backlog Elimination and Ensuring Accountability
AILA Policy Associate Paul Stern discusses why it is critical for Congress to appropriate funds to continue reducing USCIS's case backlog. Take Action NOW! https://www.aila.org/takeaction

Immigration Update: The DACA Program is at Risk
AILA Senior Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt explains why it is critical for Congress to pass permanent protections to Dreamers before the end of the year. Take Action: Congress Must Grant Permanent Protection to Dreamers and Pe...

AILA Quicktake #312: Immigration Issues and the 2022 Midterm Elections
AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen discusses the implications of this year's midterm elections on immigration issues. To read more from Greg and his colleague Sofia Rosales-Zeledon about the election results, read their blog pos...

35th Annual AILA CA Chapters Conference
AILA member and CA Chapters Conference chair Sabrina Damast gives a preview of the upcoming conference, which will take place in Los Angeles from November 10-12, 2022 and will also be webcast. Register: https://agora.aila.org/store/products/view/cal...

BLOG: What Happens When the Agency Mistakenly Denies An Application for Naturalization?
AILA member and CA Chapters Conference chair Sabrina Damast discusses some recent denials of naturalization cases she has dealt with. Visit AILA's blog Think Immigration at https://thinkimmigration.org/

2022 AILA H-1B Conference: USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap
AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini discusses USCIS's recent announcement of the FY 2023 H-1B cap being reached. If you're interested in learning more about solutions to issues arising from this, AILA invites you to register f...

AILA Author Videos: Robert Pauw on Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court's Sixth Edition
Author Robert Pauw discusses what's new in the 6th Edition of Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court. LEARN MORE AND PREORDER YOUR COPY NOW! https://agora.aila.org/store/products/view/litigating-immigration-cases-in-federal-court?utm_source=A...

Información General Acerca del Servicio de Asistencia de Casos del CIS Ombudsman
Bertha Anderson, Jefa de Enlace Público dentro de la Oficina del Defensor del Pueblo del Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración (CIS Ombudsman) en el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de los Estados Unidos, explica los servicios de asistencia de ca...

2022 AILA Annual Conference: ICE Open Forum
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Open Forum Speakers: Amanda Bethea Keaveny, AILA Board of Govern, AILA EOIR-ICE Joint Committee, Charleston, SC Aaron Hall, High Impact Litigation Committee, Aurora, CO Corey A. Price, Executive Associa...

2022 AILA Annual Conference: Allen Orr's Speech
AILA’s immediate Past President Allen Orr reflects on his year as a president and what it means to be a part of the AILA community.

AILA Celebrates 75 Years!
As AILA celebrates its 75th anniversary, AILA members reflect on the past five years and what it means for them to be an AILA member. #AILA75Years Learn more about 75 Years of AILA at https://75th.thinkimmigration.org/ www.aila.org

2022 AILA Annual Conference: President's Installation
AILA’s incoming president, Jeremy L. McKinney, shares his vision for AILA’s future as well as his plans for continuing to strengthen the organization during his tenure.

2022 AILA Annual Conference: Keynote Panel
In AC22 Keynote Forum, USCIS Director Ur Jaddou and ICE Principal Legal Advisor Kerry Doyle join AILA's Executive Director Ben Johnson to share insights into how current policies are being applied and provide updates about what’s on the horizon at ...

Charles Oppenheim accepts 2022 Founders Award
AILA is proud to recognize Charles Oppenheim for the Founders Award, which is awarded periodically to the person or entity who has had the most substantial impact on the field of immigration law or policy in the preceding period. LEARN MORE about AI...

Marc Van Der Hout accepts 2022 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award
AILA is proud to recognize Marc Van Der Hout for 2022 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award, which is awarded periodically in recognition of outstanding volunteer services by an AILA member, over a period of several years, in advancing the m...

Ian Wagreich Accepts 2022 Sam Williamson Mentor Award
AILA is proud to recognize Ian Wagreich for 2022 Sam Williamson Mentor Award for outstanding efforts and excellent counsel to immigration attorneys by providing mentoring assistance. LEARN MORE about AILA's 2022 Annual Award Recipients: https://www....

Practicing Immigration in Different Size Law Firms
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Law Student Session: Starting Your Own Practice, and the Pros and Cons of Small, Medium, and Large Firms" recorded on February 23, 2022. AILA members can watch the full recording of the roundtable ...

Camilo Montoya-Galvez accepts 2022 Media Leadership Award
AILA is proud to recognize Camilo Montoya-Galvez for 2022 Media Leadership Award, which is given in recognition of coverage that most accurately depicts immigration, immigrants, and related issues. LEARN MORE about AILA's 2022 Annual Award Recipient...

Rebecca Kitson accepts 2022 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award
AILA is proud to recognize Rebecca Kitson for 2022 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given in recognition of outstanding professors in the area of immigration law. LEARN MORE about AILA's 2022 Annual Award Recipients: https://www.ai...

Sandra A. Grossman accepts 2022 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award
AILA is proud to recognize Sandra A. Grossman for 2022 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law. LEARN MORE about AILA's 2022 Annual Award Recipients: https://www.aila.org/about/annual-awards www.a...

Connection Point - Allen Orr and Jeremy McKinney
As AILA’s Annual Conference approaches, AILA President Allen Orr talks to soon-to-be-president Jeremy McKinney about his 25 years as an AILA member and his plans for the upcoming year. He also helps us get to know AILA's new president better throug...

Olivia Lee accepts 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Award
AILA is proud to recognize Olivia Lee for 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Award for outstanding efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion in the immigration legal profession. LEARN MORE about AILA's 2022 Annual Award Recipients: https://www.aila.org...

AILA Author Videos: New Edition of the Cookbook
Authors Greg Siskind and Ari Sauer discuss the 2nd Edition of AILA’s Immigration Law Practice and Procedure Manual: A “Cookbook” of Essential Practice Materials LEARN MORE AND PREORDER YOUR COPY NOW! https://agora.aila.org/store/products/view/...

BLOG: With a Gun to Their Head
AILA member Nathan Hall talks about what inspired the article he wrote for AILA Law Journal's Spring 2022 issue on the duress exception to the serious nonpolitical crime bar. Learn more about AILA Law Journal at https://www.aila.org/alj Visit AILA...

AILA Author Videos: Ira Kurzban Talks about the 18th Edition
Since the release of the first edition in 1990, "Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook" has been the go-to legal reference on U.S. immigration law. Before the release of the book's 18th Edition on September 2022, Ira Kurzban discusses the recent ch...

Latest Immigration Developments in South Africa
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Global Migration Section Regional Spotlight: Africa" recorded on April 26, 2022. Want to hear more about the latest global immigration trends? REGISTER for the 2022 AILA Global Migration Forum & We...

Happy Mother's Day from AILA!
This year, we asked our members, what was their mom’s reaction when they became an immigration lawyer?

Connection Point - Resources for Family Practitioners
Did you know that AILA offers free seminar recordings for its members? In this episode, Allen Orr talks to AILA’s Chief Operating Officer Grace Woods to get a behind-the-scenes look at how member benefits and resources are planned. They discuss AIL...

Highlights from AILA NDA 2022
Thank you to all of our members who participated in AILA's National Day of Action on April 27, 2022 and made it into a big success! AILA's Government Relations team shares some highlights from the 349 meetings AILA members attended with Congressiona...

Three Sitting Stretches You Can Do Anywhere
Join AILA member Brittany Thomas Faith for three quick stretches that you can do without leaving your desk. Celebrate #LawyerWellBeingWeek with AILA! AILA MEMBERS - Join us for daily meditation sessions and wellness roundtables throughout the week o...

Mocktail Ideas for the Sober Curious
Do you want to learn how to make mocktails? AILA member Jennifer Howard has three delicious recipes to help you shake things up in your next happy hour. Choose between spicy, sweet, or refreshing and celebrate #LawyerWellBeingWeek with AILA! AILA M...

What I Do to Relieve Stress
This #LawyerWellBeingWeek discover what some of AILA members do to relieve stress and unwind at the end of a busy day or week. AILA MEMBERS - Join us for daily meditation sessions and wellness roundtables throughout the week of May 2nd, 2022, find t...

60-Second Box Breathing Meditation to Calm
Join AILA member Franca Baroni for a quick breathing exercise to find calmness in your day and celebrate #LawyerWellBeingWeek with AILA! AILA MEMBERS - Join us for daily meditation sessions and wellness roundtables throughout the week of May 2nd, 20...

Two-Minute STOP Meditation to Soothe
Take a two-minute mediation break with AILA's Lawyer Well-Being Committee Chair Lynn Calder to celebrate #LawyerWellBeingWeek with AILA! AILA MEMBERS - Join us for daily meditation sessions and wellness roundtables throughout the week of May 2nd, 20...

Practicing Immigration in an Academic Setting
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Law Student Session: Comparing Immigration Law in the Academic Setting and Private Practice" recorded on January 28, 2022. AILA members can watch the full recording of the roundtable here: https:/...

The Four Core References Any Immigration Attorney Needs
Immigration law is one of the most complex areas of law. That’s why it’s critical to set yourself up for success by making sure you have access to the right resources. AILA offers four books that are tailored to be the core reference materials t...

BLOG: Immigration Court Reform
Why is immigration court reform so crucial? As the House Judiciary Committee marks up Real Courts, Rule of Law Act of 2022, a bill that would create an independent immigration court system, AILA’s President-Elect Jeremy McKinney and Senior Directo...

Connection Point - Legislative Update
In this episode,, AILA President Allen Orr talks to AILA’s Government Relations team to get the latest legislative updates on immigration leading up to AILA’s Virtual National Day of Action on April 27th. 00:00 Intro 00:43 Big Picture from the ...

BLOG - Paul Parsons Very First Annual Conference
AILA member Paul Parsons never missed an Annual Conference in 44 years. In this video he remembers his very first AC in Hawaii. As AILA celebrates its 75th year, find more member stories on AILA's Think Immigration Blog: AILA Members Favorite AC Me...

Tips for Managing Your Remote Team
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Engage and Connect with your Remote Team" recorded on January 12, 2022. AILA members can watch the full recording of the roundtable here: https://agora.aila.org/store/products/view/engage-and-con...

Pro Bono High Five: Michael Wilk on Helping Others in Need
In the AILA Pro Bono High Five series, we ask immigration attorneys to share their pro bono work and what inspires them to help others. In this video, Michael Wilk shares how he started working on pro bono cases as a paralegal and why it's important...

Pro Bono High Five: Leta Sanchez on Connecting with Your Client's Story
In the AILA Pro Bono High Five series, we ask immigration attorneys to share their pro bono work and what inspires them to help others. In this video, Leta Sanchez shares how she started working on pro bono cases and what her work with women seeking...

How to Start Writing a Business Plan
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "What’s the Big Idea? Making an Actionable Business Plan" recorded on January 20, 2022. AILA members can watch the full recording of the roundtable here: https://agora.aila.org/store/products/vi...

Immigration Update: New Legislation for Independent Immigration Courts
On February 3, 2021, Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Hank Johnson (D-GA), introduced the Real Courts, Rule of Law Act of 2022 to create an immigration court system under Article I of the Constitution. AILA’s President...

AILA Quicktake #311 – Recent Policy Changes to Attract and Retain Talent in STEM Fields
On January 21, 2022, Biden Administration announced a series of measures to help attract and retain international talent in STEM fields. AILA’s Diane Rish gives an overview of these new policies and the resources that can provide practitioners with...

BLOG - Paul Parsons' Light Bulb Moment
As AILA celebrates its 75th year, we invited members to “Share the Moment You Realized Immigration Law Was for You” FIND MORE of these moments on AILA's Think Immigration Blog: My Moment – When Immigration Law Became My Path, Part 1 https://t...

Join AILA's 2022 National Day of Action
Join AILA’s biggest advocacy event of the year! This year, AILA's National Day of Action will take place virtually on April 27, 2022. Registration will be open from January 28, 2022, to March 11, 2022. TO LEARN MORE and register visit: https://i...

Practicing Immigration: Nonprofit v. Private Practice
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Law Student Session on Nonprofit v. Private Practice in Immigration Law" recorded on December 1, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording of the roundtable here: https://agora.aila.org/sto...

AILA Quicktake #310 – Update on USCIS Digitization Efforts
AILA’s Innovation and Technology Committee Chair William Stock gives an update on AILA’s engagement with USCIS and DHS regarding USCIS’s digitization process. He provides an overview of AILA’s efforts to ensure that USCIS hears from the immig...

First Year of Biden Administration: MPP & Employment Based Immigration
This clip is from American Immigration Council Webinar "One Year In: President Biden's Track Record on Immigration" recorded on January 19, 2022. 00:00 Intro 00:10 Why didn't Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) end? 03:20 Administration's Stance in ...

Martin Luther King Day Message from AILA President Allen Orr
AILA President Allen Orr reminds us that Dr. Martin Luther King Day is a day of reflection and contemplation, as well as a day or service. Visit AILA's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Page: https://www.aila.org/membership/diversity-and-in...

Overview of the Central American Minors (CAM) Program
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "How Does the Central American Minors Program Work and the Role of Attorneys" recorded on December 3, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording of the roundtable here: https://agora.aila.org...

Overview of the CIS Ombudsman’s Case Assistance Services
Deputy Ombudsman with DHS's Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Ombudsman Nathan Stiefel explains the case assistance services his office provides, and shares tips on how to use these services most effectively. LEARN MORE at htt...

Connection Point – Jeremy Robbins Interview
In this first episode of 2022, AILA president Allen Orr talks to Jeremy Robbins, the new executive director of American Immigration Council, about the exciting merger between the Council and New American Economy, and also about Jeremy's favorite book...

BLOG: The Civil Penalty of Deportation
AILA member Angela Landa talks about what inspired the article she wrote for AILA Law Journal's Fall issue Learn more about AILA Law Journal at https://www.aila.org/alj Visit AILA's blog Think Immigration at https://thinkimmigration.org/

Happy New Year from AILA!
A new year message from AILA President Allen Orr and President-Elect Jeremy McKinney. In the new year, consider volunteering for AILA - https://www.aila.org/volunteer Visit AILA's Advocacy Action Center to take action now - https://www.aila.org/tak...

Basics of Cyber Security for Your Firm
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "All Things Security in a Virtual Firm" recorded on November 12, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording of the roundtable here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/5039 For upcoming Li...

BLOG: The Plight of International Adoptees
AILA member Mara Weisman talks about what inspired the article she wrote for AILA Law Journal's Fall issue Learn more about AILA Law Journal at https://www.aila.org/alj Visit AILA's blog Think Immigration at https://thinkimmigration.org/

AILA Quicktake #309 – Biden Administration Re-Instates MPP
On Dec 2nd, the Biden Administration announced that they will be re-implementing the Trump-era policy Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as Remain-in-Mexico, starting on Monday December 6, 2021. AILA’s Jen Whitlock explains how we got h...

BLOG: Examining Automatic Revalidation
AILA member Peter Choi talks about what inspired the article he wrote for AILA Law Journal's Fall issue Learn more about AILA Law Journal at https://www.aila.org/alj Visit AILA's blog Think Immigration at https://thinkimmigration.org/

What Type of Reviews Will Google Remove?
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Removing Negative Reviews from Google" recorded on November 3, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording of the roundtable here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4940 For upcoming Li...

AILA Author Videos: Mary Kramer
"Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity: A Guide to Representing Foreign-Born Defendants" by Mary E. Kramer is your one-volume resource for understanding how the courts and immigration agencies will treat noncitizens convicted or even suspecte...

Happy Thanksgiving from AILA!
This Thanksgiving we asked AILA members what is one thing about working with immigrants as an attorney that they are most grateful for. Special Thanks to Sandra Feist, Ally Bolour, Alexander Carl, Joseph Best, Katherine Del Rosari, and Edward Beshar...

Immigration Update: Build Back Better Act
Last week, House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act with key immigration provisions. AILA's Greg Chen explains what is included in the bill the House passed and what are the next steps. VIEW AILA's Press Statement: https://www.aila....

Ethics of Sleep
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "The Neuroscience of Sleep and Why We Need It" recorded on September 1, 2021 AILA members can watch the full recording of the roundtable here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4944 For upcomi...

Connection Point - November 2021
In this episode, AILA President Allen Orr talks to Bridgette Bennett from AILA's Innovation & Technology Committee and Reid Trautz from AILA's Practice and Professionalism Center about end of year planning. As we near the end of 2021, these tips will...

AILA Author Videos: Michelle Mendez
AILA's Representing Clients in Immigration Court will provide you with clear and strategic guidance to help you prepare for any immigration court proceeding. Director of CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations Program Michelle Mendez shares som...

Pro Bono High Five: Judah Lakin on Litigating in Federal Court
Happy Pro Bono Week! In the AILA Pro Bono High Five series, we ask immigration attorneys to share their pro bono work and what inspires them to help others. In this video, Judah Lakin shares his pro bono experience litigating in federal court to hel...

Pro Bono High Five: Tejas Shah on Assisting Afghan Clients
Happy Pro Bono Week! In the AILA Pro Bono High Five series, we ask immigration attorneys to share their pro bono experience. In this video, Tejas Shah talks about his recent pro bono experience assisting Afghan clients and shares resources for attor...

Pro Bono Week: John Lemacks shares why pro bono work makes him feel better
Pro Bono Committee member John Lemacks shares why he does pro bono work, as AILA celebrates Pro Bono Week! FIND your next opportunity to volunteer at https://www.aila.org/probono READ more inspiring pro bono stories at https://www.aila.org/practic...

Sleep is Our Superpower
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "The Neuroscience of Sleep and Why We Need It" recorded on September 1, 2021 AILA members can watch the full recording of the roundtable here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4944 For upcomi...

Connection Point – October 2021
In this episode, Allen Orr kicks off AILA's 75th year celebration together with AILA past president and living legend Bob Juceam. They talk about AILA’s history, its future, and why Acapulco has a special place in Bob's life. Visit AILA's 75th An...

Law Student/Paralegal Portal Overview 2
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Make AILA.org Work for You: Law Student Session" recorded on August 11, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording of the roundtable here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4890 AILA'...

Immigration Update: Title 42 Is Still Being Used for Expelling Vulnerable People
AILA's Policy Councel Jen Whitlock provides an update on where things stand with government's use of a public health law, known as “Title 42,” to expel individuals seeking asylum in the Southern Border, and highlights the damage done by not only ...

Immigration Update: L-2 and H-4 EAD Automatic Extensions
AILA's Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless discusses the new class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington on behalf of nonimmigrant H-4 and L-2 spouses seeking to immediately reverse USCIS policy...

Tools to Streamline Your Practice
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Deeper Automation: More Tools to Streamline Your Practice" recorded on August 13, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording of the roundtable here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4905...

AILA Quicktake #308 – Budget Reconciliation Process Explained
Momentum continues to build to enact immigration reform. AILA’s Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explains how the budget reconciliation process can lead to significant immigration reforms, where we are in the process, and how AILA ...

Mary Kramer Talks About the New Edition of Her Book "Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity"
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Author Q&A with Mary Kramer" recorded on September 1, 2021. LEARN MORE about the upcoming 9th edition of "Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity: A Guide to Representing Foreign-Born Defenda...

BLOG: Allen Orr Recognizing Dale Schwartz
AILA pays tribute to the career and impact of Dale Schwartz, past president of AILA with videos from Allen Orr and Greg Siskind who share insights as they reflect on his life and legacy. TO READ MORE about Dale Schwartz, please visit AILA's In Memor...

BLOG: Greg Siskind Recognizing Dale Schwartz
AILA pays tribute to the career and impact of Dale Schwartz, past president of AILA with videos from Allen Orr and Greg Siskind who share insights as they reflect on his life and legacy. TO READ MORE about Dale Schwartz, please visit AILA's In Memor...

Connection Point – September 2021
In this episode of Connection Point, AILA president Allen Orr explores one of AILA’s key member benefits: the message center. Allen talks to Jeff Zimskind and Jonathan Weiss from AILA’s Message Center Moderating Committee about how members build ...

Common Automations for Law Firms
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Automating with Common Immigration Firm Tech" recorded on July 28, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording of the roundtable here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4855 For upcomin...

Immigration Update: Remain in Mexico
**UPDATE** On August 19 the Fifth Circuit denied DOJ’s request for a stay pending appeal of U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk’s nationwide injunction. Learn more about the denial on AILA's Practice Alert: https://www.aila.org/advo-media/aila...

Authors Talk About AILA's New "Cookbook" of Essential Practice Materials
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Q&A with Greg Siskind and Ari Sauer, Authors of AILA’s Immigration Law Practice & Procedure Manual: A “Cookbook” of Essential Practice Materials" recorded on August 4, 2021. LEARN MORE about...

Immigration Update: What to Expect from Senate on Immigration
AILA's Kate Voigt explains the budget reconciliation and how the Senate is preparing to include a pathway to citizenship and other key immigration reforms through this process. TAKE ACTION NOW! Join AILA in urging Congress to ensure pathway to citiz...

Connection Point – August 2021
In the latest episode of Connection Point, AILA President Allen Orr talks to Wendy Feliz, founding Director of the Center for Inclusion and Belonging at the American Immigration Council. They discuss how we can "make immigration law boring again" by ...

2021 AILA Paralegals Virtual Conference
This two day virtual conference takes place on August 17-18, 2021 and features two separate tracks (Employment and Removal/Humanitarian) with beginner and intermediate-level sessions. To learn more and register: https://agora.aila.org/conference/det...

Law Student/Paralegal Portal Overview on AILA.org
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Research Resources for Paralegals" recorded on July 23, 2021. Don't Miss 2021 AILA PARALEGALS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE – August 17-18, 2021 https://agora.aila.org/conference/detail/1949?sel=descriptio...

AILA Quicktake #307 – Start-Up Visa Bill Introduced in Congress
On July 26, Representative Lofgren introduced the Let Immigrants Kickstart Employment (LIKE) Act, which seeks to create a new temporary visa program to allow immigrant entrepreneurs to establish and develop their start-up companies in the United Stat...

Future of Work Arrived Ahead of Schedule
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Q&A with Author, Ruby Powers on Practice Management Changes Due to COVID-19" recorded on July 7, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4844 ...

What the Numbers Tell Us: Detention Funding
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Ending Immigration Detention" recorded on June 30, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4840 For upcoming Live Video Roundtables and record...

AILA Quicktake #306–How DOS Can Reduce Delays and Eliminate Visa Backlogs
On June 29th, AILA published a policy brief discussing visa backlog and processing delays exacerbated by COVID-19 travel restrictions. AILA's Policy Associate Paul Stern gives an overview of AILA's recommendations to DOS to safely and efficiently reo...

BLOG: Cyrus Mehta Reflects on the Life and Impact of the Late Judge Robert Katzmann
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AILA Quicktake #305–USCIS Offers Filing Flexibilities for Certain Delayed Rejections
Last week, USCIS announced filing flexibilities to provide relief to certain applicants and petitioners impacted by delayed rejections at a USCIS Lockbox. AILA’s Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish provides information about USCIS...

AILA Quicktake #304 – USCIS Issues Policy Updates to “Improve Immigration Services”
On June 9, 2021 USCIS issued three policy updates in the Policy Manual to clarify the expedited processing, improve request for evidence (RFE) and notices of intent to deny (NOID) guidance, and increase the validity period for initial and renewal emp...

AILA Annual Conference 2021: President's Installation
The Plenary kicks-off with AILA President (2020-2021), Jennifer Minear. Learn about key actions and initiatives taken during this unusual and difficult past year as well as AILA’s accomplishments during her presidency. Following this, AILA’s inco...

AILA Annual Conference 2021: Alejandro N. Mayorkas’ Keynote Speech
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas delivers the keynote address followed by a Q&A session with AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson at AILA Virtual Annual Conference. www.aila.org

Robert Juceam accepts the Founders Award
AILA is proud to present Robert Juceam with the Founders Award, which is awarded periodically to the person or entity who has had the most substantial impact on the field of immigration law or policy. LEARN MORE about AILA's 2021 Annual Award Recipi...

A New Book from AILA: Immigration Law Practice & Procedure Manual
AILA’s Immigration Law Practice & Procedure Manual: A “Cookbook” of Essential Practice Materials, by Ari Sauer and Greg Siskind, provides the reader with thorough, how-to guidance on preparing and filing many of the more common immigration appl...

Sarah Peterson accepts 2021 Susan Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award
AILA is proud to recognize Sarah Peterson as the 2021 AILA Susan Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award winner. In this video, she accepts the award and reflects on her work with AILA. LEARN MORE about AILA's 2021 Annual Award Recipients: https://www...

Lily Axelrod Accepts AILA's 2021 Sam Williamson Mentor Award
AILA is proud to recognize Lily Axelrod as the 2021 AILA Sam Williamson Mentor Award winner. In this video, she accepts the award and shares her thoughts on the importance of diversity in mentoring. LEARN MORE about AILA's 2021 Annual Award Recipient...

Connection Point with Jennifer Minear–June 2021
In this episode, AILA President Jennifer Minear talks to the incoming president Allen Orr. They look back on the unusual circumstances of the past year and reflect on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. 00:00 Intro 01:30 Community buil...

Mary Margaret Cowen Accepts AILA's 2021 Michael Maggio Pro Bono Award
AILA is proud to recognize Mary Margaret Cowen as the 2021 AILA Michael Maggio Pro Bono Award winner. In this video, she accepts the award and shares insights into her pro bono work. LEARN MORE about AILA's 2021 Annual Award Recipients: https://www.a...

Brittany Faith Thomas Accepts AILA's 2021 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award
AILA is proud to recognize Brittany Faith Thomas as the 2021 AILA Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award winner. LEARN MORE about AILA's 2021 Annual Award Recipients: https://www.aila.org/about/annual-awards www.aila.org

Paul Hughes Accepts AILA's 2021 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award
AILA is proud to recognize Paul Hughes as the 2021 AILA Jack Wasserman Memorial Award winner for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law. LEARN MORE about AILA's 2021 Annual Award Recipients: https://www.aila.org/about/annual-awards ...

David Thronson Accepts AILA's 2021 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award
AILA is proud to recognize David Thronson as the 2021 AILA Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award winner. In this video, he accepts the award and reminds us the importance of training future immigration lawyers. LEARN MORE about AILA's 2021 Annual ...

Luis Cortes Romero Accepts AILA's 2021 Advocacy Award
AILA is proud to recognize Luis Cortes Romero as the 2021 AILA Advocacy Award winner. In this video, he accepts the award and shares insights into his advocacy efforts. LEARN MORE about AILA's 2021 Annual Award Recipients: https://www.aila.org/about/...

Terms to Know Before Talking to Reporters
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "How to Build Relationships with Reporters and the Media" recorded on May 12, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4793 For upcoming Live V...

Happy Mother's Day from AILA!
As Mother's Day approaches, we asked our members to share wisdom from their mothers. A big thank you to Sharvari Dalal-Dhein, Maggie Arias, Fiona McEntee, Emmie Smith, Jennifer Minear, and Neena Dutta for participating in the video and to Rekha Sha...

Straight Talk on Stress in Law: Can Mindfulness Help You?
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Straight Talk on Stress in Law and How to Cope: Mindfulness" recorded on May 5, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4785 And find more...

New AILA Resource: The First 100 Days of the Biden Administration
AILA published a comprehensive review of President Biden’s accomplishments in his first 100 days. You can find this web-based resource with 12 charts showing what President Biden has accomplished and what still remains to be done at https://www.a...

Immigration Experts Respond to the Biden Administration’s First 100 Days
On a press call, Greg Chen and Sharvari Dalal-Dheini of AILA National and Jorge Loweree and Aaron Reichlin-Melnick of the American Immigration Council joined former USCIS director Leon Rodriguez to discuss the Biden-Harris administration’s first 10...

Thank You 700+ Members for Attending NDA!
AILA President Jennifer Minear thanks AILA members for making AILA's first virtual National Day of Action a success! Learn more at www.aila.org/NDA

What is Prosecutorial Discretion?
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "The Current State of Prosecutorial Discretion" recorded on March 19, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4720 For upcoming Live Video Ro...

How to Build a Better Immigration System
For a better immigration system the American Immigration Lawyers Association is urging Congress to act. Learn more at www.aila.org/NDA

AILA Law Journal Spring Issue is Now Available
Digital subscription for AILA Law Journal is free for AILA members. For more information and other purchasing options visit www.aila.org/alj

Connection Point with Jennifer Minear - April 2021
In the first episode of AILA's new mini-series, AILA President Jennifer Minear reflects on how it feels to be an immigration lawyer at a moment when everything seems to be in flux. For an audio version of this episode visit: https://www.aila.org/con...

How to Search on AILA.org
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Make AILA.org Work for You" recorded on March 31, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4712 For upcoming Live Video Roundtables and recordi...

Southern Border Issues: Effects of MPP
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Update on Southern Border Issues" recorded on March 19, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4741 For upcoming Live Video Roundtables and ...

AILA Quicktake #303 – AILA and Wasden Banias Litigate L-2 and H-4 Processing Delays
On March 22, 2021 AILA and Wasden Banias, LLP filed a class action lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) challenging the extraordinary processing delays on extensions of status and extensions of employment authorization documents ...

Numbers at the Border: Who is Arriving?
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Update on Southern Border Issues" recorded on March 19, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4741 For upcoming Live Video Roundtables and ...

Immigration Update: Two Immigration Bills Passed the House
The American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act have passed the House of Representatives. Now, AILA is urging all Senators to support these bills. TAKE ACTION NOW and ask your Senator to vote ‘yes’ https://www.aila.org...

Web Seminar: Law Firms and the Scourge of Ransomware
Join us for a web seminar to learn how to prevent, detect, respond, and recover from the scourge of ransomware on March 15, 2021 at 2:00 PM (ET) For seminar details, pricing, and registration visit: https://agora.aila.org/conference/detail/1871?sel=r...

Celebrating International Women's Month with Women of Vision
This presentation is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Inspired by Women: Creating Your Personal Vision for Success" recorded on March 11, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording here: https://agora.aila.org/Product/List/712 For upc...

AILA Quicktake #302–AILA and Partners Urge USCIS to Implement Emergency Stopgap Stabilization Act
AILA and 16 coalition partners sent a letter urging USCIS to implement the provisions of the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act. Diane Rish, AILA’s Associate Director of Government Relations, explains how USCIS can implement the provisions o...

Immigration Update: Immigrant Visa Ban Is Revoked
On February 24, 2021, President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation 10014 which prohibited the entry of certain immigrants into the United States due to possible harm to economic interests due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Although the immigrant vi...

Policy Brief: Rehabilitating the Immigration Courts
AILA’s New Policy Brief on Rehabilitating the Immigration Courts explains why it is imperative for the future Attorney General to make immediate reforms, it provides a roadmap for that change, and it includes an appendix of Trump-era policies that ...

Walled Off: Recommendations for an Efficient USCIS
Over the last four years USCIS has strayed far from its customer-oriented mission. AILA highlights many of the measures responsible for this shift and offers smart, sensible solutions for the agency to rebuild its public services and ensure efficienc...

Immigration Update: 2020 Diversity Visas
On Friday night, February 19, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an emergency injunction preserving and extending the validity of most diversity visas from the 2020 diversity visa lottery. FOR MORE INFORMATION AILA's press s...

Join Us for Citizenship Day
AILA's 15th Annual Citizenship Day will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2021. For more information visit: https://www.aila.org/citizenshipday

Immigration Update: Gomez v. Trump Litigation
**UPDATE:** On February 19, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an emergency injunction preserving and extending the validity of most diversity visas from the 2020 diversity visa lottery, so that these diversity visa recipient...

How Can Volunteering with AILA Help You
TO LEARN MORE about volunteering with AILA visit: https://www.aila.org/volunteer This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "All NMD Chats: How to Plug into AILA" recorded on February 3, 2021. For upcoming Live Video Roundtables and recor...

Business Immigration Update
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Biden Administration Immigration Action Roundtable Series" recorded on February 5, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording here: https://agora.aila.org/conference/detail/1880 TO LEAR...

Immigration Update: Dream Act of 2021
AILA's Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen welcomes the good news that Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois and Lindsay Grahm of South Carolina have reintroduced the Dream Act, and call for congress to pass legislation. READ AILA's press s...

AILA Quicktake #301 – President Biden Signs New Executive Orders on Immigration
On February 2nd, President Biden signed three new immigration-related executive orders. AILA President Jennifer Minear gives a detailed overview of what is and isn’t in the executive orders and explains what to expect going forward. LEARN MORE at ...

Update on Biden Administration's Executive Orders on Immigration
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "Biden Administration Immigration Action Roundtable Series" recorded on January 29, 2021. LEARN MORE about Biden administration's immigration actions at: www.aila.org/first100days AILA members ca...

Immigration Update: What to Expect Next Week
AILA's Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen breaks down what to expect from the Biden administration on immigration in the coming days. FOR THE LATEST UPDATES visit AILA's Featured Issue Page at www.aila.org/first100days

Good News from AILA's Military Assistance Program
AILA member and longtime volunteer with the Military Assistance Program (MAP) Mo Goldman shared some good news about an Army reservist he was linked up with who just took the oath and became a citizen! LEARN MORE about MAP and how to get involved ...

EOIR's New Case Flow Model Overview
This clip is from AILA University Video Roundtable "EOIR's New Case Flow Processing" recorded on January 27, 2021. AILA members can watch the full recording here: https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4694 For upcoming Live Video Roundtables a...

AILA University: Personalized Active Learning
AILA University is a new platform that brings together the best of AILA’s current education offerings with new formats to provide options for every learning preference. Using innovative technology, you will be able to master the skills needed for r...

Preparing Filings for Remote Bond Hearings
This excerpt is from the AILA University Video Roundtable "Preparing Filings, Witnesses, and Clients in the Age of Covid-19" recorded on December 16, 2020. For upcoming Live Video Roundtables and recordings of previous sessions visit: https://elea...

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from AILA!
At the end of a challenging year, AILA’s Executive Committee shares what they have learned from 2020 and what they are looking forward to in 2021. www.aila.org

A Vision for America as a Welcoming Nation
AILA issues comprehensive recommendations calling upon President-Elect Joe Biden to implement a powerful new vision for immigration. AILA stands ready to work with the incoming Biden-Harris administration to get the job done. READ AILA's RECOMMENDA...

AILA Quicktake #299 – Big Win on Lawsuit Challenging DOL’s Prevailing Wage Rule
On December 14, a federal judge granted the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment against DOL’s interim final rule issued on October 8th, 2020 that changed the prevailing wage rates. The judge ordered DOL to reissue prevailing wage determinatio...

AILA Quicktake #298 – Deadline for Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Applications Is Approaching
Filing deadline for the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) program is December 20th, 2020. The program gives eligible Liberian nationals and certain family members in the United States a one-year window to apply for adjustment of status (gr...

AILA Quicktake #297: New Rule Creates Wage-Based Selection Process for H-1B Visas
On Nov 2, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a new Proposed Rulemaking seeking to change the process in which USCIS selects who can file H-1B petitions. The rule prioritizes the selection of H-1B registrations for employers who ...

Pro Bono High Five: George Pappas
In the AILA Pro Bono High Five series, we ask immigration attorneys to share details of their pro bono work and what inspires them to help others. In this video, George Pappas shares his pro bono experience and why pro bono is an important part of hi...

Pro Bono High Five: Sarah Pitney
Happy Pro Bono Week! In the AILA Pro Bono High Five series, we ask immigration attorneys to share details of their pro bono work and what inspires them to help others. In this video, Sarah Pitney shares their pro bono experience and what inspires the...

AILA Quicktake #296 – AILA Files Lawsuit Against DOL’s Prevailing Wage Rule
AILA and partners filed a pro bono lawsuit challenging the Department of Labor’s new rule changing prevailing wage determinations. AILA’s Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless explains why AILA and its co-counsels Jeff Joseph, Charles Kuck, ...

AILA Technology & Innovation Virtual Summit 2020
Join us for AILA's 2020 Technology & Innovation Virtual Summit. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER: https://agora.aila.org/conference/detail/1828

Why AILA Members Vote in 2020
AILA members go out to vote for their community, their clients, and next generations. Are you ready to vote? LEARN MORE with these resources from AILA and Partners ahead of Election Day https://www.aila.org/about/announcements/get-ready-to-vote...

A Conversation with Charles Wheeler
AILA Author Charles Wheeler discusses two of his latest publications, "Immigration Law and Family" and "Public Charge and Affidavits of Support" FOR MORE INFORMATION: Immigration Law and Family https://agora.aila.org/Product/Detail/4482 Public Ch...

Is Solo (Immigration) Practice for Me?
The practice of law is a profession, but a law practice is a business. Are you ready to be a law practice entrepreneur? Hear from AILA leadership how they took the leap of faith/plunge into solo practice and whether it was worth it. Are you ready to...

AILA Quicktake #295 - AILA and Sidley Law Halt USCIS Fee Rule in Its Tracks
On a big court win for AILA and its partners the implementation of the USCIS Fee Rule has been stopped. On September 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California preliminarily enjoined DHS from implementing or enforcing a...

AILA Quicktake #294 – Court Orders DOS to Reserve 9,095 Additional Diversity Visas
On September 30th, court issued a new decision in the case Gomez v. Trump regarding 2020 Diversity Visa selectees. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the State Department to reserve 9,095 additional diversity visas on top of...

A Conversation with Ira Kurzban and Robert Pauw
An Excerpt from AILA Roundtable: A Conversation with Ira Kurzban and Robert Pauw Learn more at www.aila.org

2020 AILA ACES Virtual Conference | REGISTER NOW!
OCTOBER 1-2, 2020 2020 AILA Athletics, Culture, Entertainment, and Science (ACES) Virtual Conference Don't miss the early-bird deadline: September 16th, 20202 REGISTER NOW: https://agora.aila.org/Conference/Detail/1810 The ACES Interest Group...

AILA Quicktake #293 – Court Grants Preliminary Relief for Diversity Visa Applicants
On September 4th, District Court ruled that the Department of Justice must allow 2020 diversity visa winners to obtain their immigrant visas immediately. U.S. District Court for the District Columbia issued a preliminary injunction to stop Trump admi...

AILA Quicktake #292 – Litigation Win Means USCIS Must Produce EADs
In a class action lawsuit challenging the delay in issuance of employment authorization documents (EADs) court ordered USCIS to produce the cards within the promised time frame. AILA member Robert H. Cohen explains the case and the main components of...

AILA Quicktake #291 – USCIS Issues Guidance on DACA Implementing DHS Memo
On August 21, USCIS issued guidance on DACA program implementing the memo issued last month by the Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf. Kate Voight, AILA’s Senior Associate Director of Government Relations, summarizes key points from the guidance and ex...

AILA Quicktake #290: AILA's New Jersey Chapter Files Lawsuit to Deter In-Person Hearings
Cesar Estela, the Chair of AILA's New Jersey Chapter, explains why the chapter recently filed a lawsuit to stop Newark's Immigration Court from holding in-person hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AILA Director of Government Relations Testifies at Congressional Hearing on Oversight of USCIS
On July 29, 2020 Sharvari Dalal-Dheini, AILA's Director of Government Relations, testified before Congress in a hearing regarding oversight of USCIS. As a result of a budget shortfall, USCIS has issued furlough notices to over 13,000 employees and ha...

AILA: A Year in Review (2019-2020)
As part of AILA's Annual Membership Meeting on June 18, 2020, AILA Immediate Past President Marketa Lindt reflects back on the challenges and accomplishments of the past year. Special thanks to our members for sharing their photos!

AILA Quicktake #289 - Presidential Proclamation Blocks Entry of Certain Immigrants and Nonimmigrants
Sharvari Dalal-Dheini, AILA's Director of Government Relations, provides a summary of the Presidential Proclamation issued on June 22, 2020. For resources relating to this proclamation, visit: https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all/covid-19/eo-t...

New Era, New Edition
When you get the latest edition of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook, you’re equipping yourself with the facts – for your clients and for your community. For more information on Kurzban's, visit https://agora.aila.org/product/detail/4321

Hot Topics Part I
AILA's Executive Committee provides updates on some of the latest developments in immigration law. To hear further immigration updates, join us on July 20, 2020 for the “Hot Topics Part II” panel during the 2020 AILA Virtual Annual Conference. Vi...

AILA’s Top Resources: Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook
Gayle Oshrin, chair of the 2020 Virtual Annual Conference, talks to Ira Kurzban about his process writing the latest edition of "Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook" For detailed information on Kurzban’s, updates in the new edition, and informati...

AILA’s Top Resources: The 2020 Virtual Annual Conference
Ira Kurzban, author of "Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook," talks to Gayle Oshrin, chair of the 2020 Annual Conference, about the upcoming virtual event. For detailed information on the 2020 Virtual Annual Conference, including information on sav...

AILA Quicktake #288 - U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Rescission of DACA Program
Jeremy McKinney, AILA First Vice President, provides a brief analysis of SCOTUS's decision to reject the Trump Administration's rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

AILA Quicktake #287 - USCIS’s $1.2 Billion Emergency Funding Request
AILA's Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish discusses the letter AILA and the American Immigration Council sent to congressional appropriators in response to USCIS’s request for $1.2 billion dollars in temporary funding. Read the ...

Happy Mother's Day!
This Mother’s Day, AILA National is celebrating the wisdom and impact of motherly advice. We asked AILA member and staff moms and mother figures to give their best advice to fellow parents working from home amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Lawyer Well-Being Week
Lawyer Well-Being Week is May 4-8. For more information visit https://www.aila.org/wellbeingweek

AILA Quicktake #284 -  Protect Your Firm From the Impact of COVID-19
Reid Trautz and Charity Anastasio from AILA's Practice & Professionalism Center provide information on how to financially protect your firm from the impact of COVID-19. For more practice management resources related to COVID-19 visit https://www.ai...

AILA Quicktake #285 - AILA and Partners Sue EOIR and ICE Over Dangerous COVID-19 Policies
AILA’s Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless explains why AILA joined other immigration lawyer groups and individuals with pending immigration cases to file a lawsuit against EOIR and ICE demanding better policies in response to COVID-19 pande...

AILA Quicktake #283 - Actions USCIS Should Take During the COVID-19 Pandemic
On March 18th, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, USCIS closed its offices and delayed interviews. AILA's President-Elect Jennifer Minear explains what additional steps USCIS should take to adapt to this new reality. For more information ...

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