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 800 member attorneys in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura Counties 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 www.aila.org or by calling 202-216-2400.
* Join Us for our 2nd Annual "CLE in the Snow" Winter CLE Conference*
View of the Conference Hotel & Location -
The Village at Mammoth Lakes, CA
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You Can Afford a Mini Break!
Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, February 27 - March 1, 2014.
2 1/2 day CLE Conference: 10+ HOURS OF CLE - PLUS FREE TIME FOR
SKIING and RIDING YOUR BOARD, SNOWMOBILING, TUBING AND MORE built into the conference!
Cutting Edge CLEs including:
- Business & Family/Removal Tracks
- Consular Processing Tips for Family & Employment IVs
- NIV Mock Consulate Interview
- Nuts & Bolts of Removal: Mock Immigration Court Hearings Workshop
- Advanced Removal: MTRs in Court; Mandatory Detention Workshop
- NIVs for Temporary Workers & Athletes: Os, Ps, J‐1s, H‐3s
- Provisional & I‐601 Waivers Update
- Prepping Your Client for CBP Questioning & other B‐2 Issues
- Arrabally, Advance Parole & Adjustment Updates
- Same Sex Couples : Adjustment & NIV Updates
- Overcoming NIV RFEs at Service Centers: Ls, Hs, Es
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 Members: Exposure 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 - Every year AILA Hosts an Awards Banquet for Student Awardees Who Submitted Essays on a Topic Embracing the American Dream.
"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 2013 Fundraiser: Chair Cynthia Lucas with Robert Jacobs, Esq., an AILA member. AILA So Ca is an active part of the local community, often sponsoring fundraisers to provide immigration assistance to the poor or underprivileged.