The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) marks its 75th anniversary in October 2021. Throughout the next year, AILA will offer events to mark the successes and challenges our community of immigration lawyers and advocates have faced in our organization’s storied history. We invite you to explore a timeline of AILA’s milestones, learn more about U.S. immigration history, hear from past and present AILA leaders, as well as access information on events that will commemorate this significant anniversary. We look forward to celebrating with everyone over the next year!

– Gayle Oshrin, Chair of the 75th Anniversary Committee and Ben Johnson, AILA’s Executive Director

UPCOMING CELEBRATIONS
2022 Annual Conference
Manhattan, 1946: 20 attorneys founded what would later become the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for the noble purpose of advancing the practice of immigration law, promoting reform, facilitating justice, and elevating the standards of the field. In June 2022, under the gaze of our logo’s icon, Lady Liberty, we are going back to where it all began and will celebrate AILA’s 75th anniversary at the 2022 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law. We hope you will join us in New York City for what is gearing up to be our most exciting annual conference yet, featuring the expert discussions, critical updates, innovative guidance, and invaluable collaboration that you’ve come to expect from immigration law’s most anticipated yearly event.

AILA Law Journal
As we collectively look toward AILA’s 75th anniversary, we invite our members to submit articles for the AILA Law Journal to mark this momentous occasion. We will accept a diversity of submissions to support the theme of the 75th Anniversary of AILA. We will accept a variety of mediums including articles, tributes to former and current AILA leaders and attorneys, poems, and photographs. Articles should run 4,500–7,000 words, with citations. Submissions are due by December 1, 2021.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT AILA
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of more than 15,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA member attorneys represent U.S. families seeking permanent residence for close family members, as well as U.S. businesses seeking talent from the global marketplace. AILA members also represent foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis. Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that provides continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 39 chapters and over 50 national committees.

AILA’s Mission

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

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