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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.

New Executive Board Announced for 2014/2015 Term:

Chair: Heather L. Poole, Esq.  of HEATHER L POOLE, PC, Prof. Law Corp. (Pasadena)

Vice Chair: Genevieve Kovacs Perez, Esq. of Law Offices of Genevieve Kovacs Perez (Los Angeles)

Treasurer: Maggie Castillo, Esq. of Law Offices of Gregory W. Moreno & Associates (Montebello)

Secretary: Blake Miller, Esq. of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Lowey, LLP (Irvine) 

Visit our Officers page for contact information.


Next Chapter Event: 

Taxes & Immigration

The Two Most Complicated Areas of the Law Often Intersect. How Do You Advise Clients?  

Head of Household, ITIN, Child Credit, Affidavit of Support and EB-5 Taxation on Investors Issues,and More. 

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July 30, 2014 at 6pm - 9pm, City Club Los Angeles (Downtown Los Angeles)

Dinner & information-packed CLE included. 

Register Now! 

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Featured Speakers:

Tax Immigration Attorney Sam Rock

Samuel C. Rock, Esq. practices immigration law with a focus on tax issues for the foreign born (TAXIGRATION).  Sam Rock gained his knowledge about low income tax issue sover when the owned and operated a Spanish speaking tax service that catered to low-income undocumented workers for almost 10 years.  In 2009 and early 2010 served as the National Co-Director of ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) Business Program at a publicly traded tax service.Sam's articles about tax issues relating to the foreign born and low income taxpayers have been published by AILA, the Federal Bar Association Immigration Journal and Tax Notes. His articles on tax and immigration include: “Taxpayer Privacy and Common Income Tax Issues for Immigration Lawyers” and “The Intersection of Income Tax and Immigration Law with a Brief Discussion on Tax Benefits for Haitian TPS Recipients”  -both published in AILA’s Immigration and Nationality Handbook. He has served as a defense expert in Colorado v. Gutierrez, CO Supreme Court,wherein the Court held in favor of the defense that undocumented workers tax records in the custody of tax preparers are protected under 4th Amendment and CO Constitution. He has also been published in Tax Analysts on “Taxpayer Regulation: Require Preparers to Obtain Proof of Residency for Refundable Credits” and was a guest speaker on AILA’s 2010 national podcast, “Tax Benefits for Haitian Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status.” He is a frequent national speaker for AILA and the Federal Bar Association on tax and immigration issues

InternationalTax Attorney Jo Anne C. Adlerstein

Attorney Jo Anne C. Adlerstein began her legal career as a tax attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell and then spent 6 1/2 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (DNJ) prosecuting criminal tax, fraud, money laundering and immigration cases.  Since leaving the government in 1985, Jo Anne has practiced white collar defense,successfully resolving investigations and defending prosecutions involving U.S.Attorney’s Offices nationwide, the Attorneys General of New York and New Jersey, the Internal Revenue Service, Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other state and federal law enforcement organizations.  

In 2001, Jo Anne was named a “Lawyer of the Year” by The National Law Journal forher work with African refugees. Jo Anne has long held an AV Martindale-Hubbell PeerReview Rating and has been named to New York Super Lawyers.  Jo Anne is certified as an Anti-Money Laundering Specialist by ACAMS. She formed Adlerstein Consulting Ltd. in Israel in 2009 to provide training and advice to individuals, banks, and companies on foreign bank account issues and anti-money laundering practices.  In 2012 the Israel Bar Association initiated along-awaited procedure for the registration of Foreign Lawyers. In May 2013, JoAnne became one of the first Registered Foreign Lawyers and set up the Adlerstein Law Office. Her law firm represents residents of Israel in connection with U.S. tax laws, the required reporting of foreign bank accounts(FBARs), Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), and related U.S. legal concerns. Jo Anne's legal practice is limited to U.S. law. She is a member ofthe New York and New Jersey bars. She does not practice Israeli law and does not notarize documents in Israel. Jo Anne is currently a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She presents seminars on U.S. tax issues for immigration lawyers at AILA conferences. 

Certified Public Accountant Robert Alcorn

Robert Alcorn has over 30 years of experience in both industry and public accounting.His past experience includes Big Four public accounting in both audit and tax,Controller and CFO positions with both publicly-traded SEC companies and non-public companies, acquisitions, mergers, start ups, turnarounds, etc. Since 1996 he has operated his own public accounting practice in north Dallas,working with clients in a wide variety of industries, and is involved in other private commercial interests.   Mr Alcorn speaks Spanish and is heavily involved in work with the Dallas immigration law community. He works with immigration clients of over 25 immigration law firms in Dallas and manyother immigration law firms around the nation. He has given presentations on immigration and taxation to the American Immigration Lawyers Association nationally and locally, State Bar of Texas, Univ. of Texas School of Law Immigration Seminars,Oklahoma Bar Association, Catholic Charities and other groups, has made appearances on Spanish TV & radio in Dallas, and his work has appeared in print in the Dallas Business Journal, and on the internet. 

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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 www.aila.org or by calling 202-216-2400.


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: Past 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.