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:

From left, Secretary Blake Miller, Chair Heather L. Poole, Treasurer Maggie Castillo, and Vice Chair Genevieve Kovacs-Perez


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.

Breaking News:

 So Ca AILA Addresses Due Process Violations in 
Immigration Court Hearing Notifications 


 Breaking News:

So Ca AILA Teams with LA County Bar's Legal Assistance Project to Host Training for Pro Bono Attorneys Willing to Assist Unaccompanied Minors in Humanitarian Crisis 

In this packed training, AILA and LACBA volunteer attorneys will be trained on potential remedies available to Unaccompanied Children who have fled from their home country in this humanitarian crisis.The training, set for Friday, August 1, 2014 at LACBA's Headquarters in Los Angeles, is currently at max capacity. We encourage future volunteer attorneys to attend Catholic Charities - Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project's  Upcoming Asylum training set for August 15th

Press Release by  President pro Tem of the CA State Senate Darrell Steinberg's office about the training

For any other questions about volunteering, please contact us at

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.