American Immigration Lawyers Association

Southern California Chapter

Founded in 1946, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is a national bar association of attorneys who practice and teach immigration law. AILA Member attorneys represent tens of thousands of U.S. businesses and industries, foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis. AILA is an Affiliated Organization of the American Bar Association. 

The Southern California Chapter represents over 1050 member attorneys in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura Counties. Our chapter maintains close contact with the government officials who have an important impact on our clients' lives. Chapter meetings feature prominent guest speakers from the Departments of Homeland Security, State, Justice, and Labor, and the Chapter is active in liaison and advocacy efforts. We are happy to share the latest updates with AILA members nationwide.

The 2012/2013 So Ca AILA Chapter Executive Board 
at the AILA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA with Outgoing Chair, Jim Pack (from left: Vice Chair Heather L. Poole, Esq., Outgoing Chair James Pack, Esq., Incoming Chair Cynthia Lucas, Esq., Secretary Maggie Castillo, Esq., and Treasurer Genevieve Kovacs-Perez, Esq.) 

Further information about becoming an AILA member can be obtained by viewing our Member Benefits Page (left) or by contacting the AILA National Office at or by calling 202-216-2400.

Breakfast with the Consulates:

European Consular Panel

Special CLE Event

April 30, 2014

Time: 8:30am to 10:00am
First time in Years! Join us for a special event with Consular Officers from European Consulates - Frankfurt, Germany, and Madrid, Spain - who will be appearing via satellite phone, taking live questions!
* NIV Red Flags * Inquiries for Problem Cases * NIV Waiver procedures * Timeline Issues, and More.

1.5 CLE hours

Guest Speakers: 

Steven Harper (NIV Chief, Madrid, Spain) & 

Lisa Hecht-Cronstedt (Visa officer at US Consulate, Frankfurt, Germany) 

Hosted by:

Blake Miller (Consular Liaison, AILA So Ca)
Avi Friedman (Consular Liaison, AILA So Ca)

Breakfast Included:

(The popular LAAC Breakfast Buffet)
Assorted Muffins and Fresh Bagels with Reduced Fat Cream Cheese
Display of Seasonal Sliced Fruit
Yogurt Parfait Bar: lowfat yogurt, granola and seasonal berries
Oatmeal with Assorted Toppings
Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and Tomato
Baked Chicken Sausage and Turkey Bacon

This is an Attorney only Event. No paralegals or support staff are permitted.
Location: Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
(Parking is a flat rate of $7)


Benefits to So Ca AILA Membership

  • Monthly Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Programs for Immigration Lawyers on Cutting Edge Developments

  • Free Introductory CLE Programs for New Members and Those New to Immigration Law 

  • Access to Liaisons for Inquiries on Problem Cases (for a variety of areas including CIS Service Centers, CIS Field and Asylum Offices, Customs & Border Protection, ICE, and the Immigration Courts) 
  • Social Events: Receptions, Ski CLE Conference (the only one in AILA!)
  • Benefits for Future Lawyers - AILA Law MembersExposure to Immigration Practice and Employers 

  • Benefits for your downtime: Glen Ivy Massage Discounts, City Club of Los Angeles Special Membership Rates, and more!
  • 5th Grade Reading Contest
    5th Grade Reading Contest - Every year AILA Hosts an Awards Banquet for Student Awardees Who Submitted Essays on a Topic Embracing the American Dream. 
    State of the District
    "The State of the District" Meeting with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Los Angeles Field Office, an annual meeting with all the local CIS offices for our local AILA members
    Chirla Fundraiser 2013
    CHIRLA 2013 Fundraiser: Chair Cynthia Lucas with Robert Jacobs, Esq., an AILA member, and his spouse. AILA So Ca is an active part of the local community, often sponsoring fundraisers to promote immigration assistance to low-income or under-served communities.