Past AILA Executive Directors
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AILA Presidents – Past and Present
Note: Reflections and photos from past AILA presidents Gustav Lazarus (1951) through Deborah J. Notkin (2005-2006) were pulled from the September/October 2006 Immigration Law Today as printed for that edition. Reflections and photos from Carlina Tapia-Ruana (2006-2007) through Allen Orr (2021-2022) were collected for the 75th anniversary.
Gustav Lazarus, AILA President (1951)

New York, NY

Arthur S. Schapira, AILA President (1957)

New York, NY

Leon Wildes, AILA President (1970)

New York, NY

Leon Rosen, AILA President (1972–1973)

New York, NY

Stanley Mailman, AILA President (1975–1976)

New York, NY

Steven S. Mukamal, AILA President (1978–1979)

New York, NY

Allen E. Kaye, AILA President (1980–1981)

New York, NY

Robert E. Juceam, AILA President (1982–1983)

New York, NY

Michael N. Weis, AILA President (1984–1985)

New York, NY

Dale M. Schwartz, AILA President (1986–1987)

Atlanta, GA

H. Ronald Klasko, AILA President (1988–1989)

Philadelphia, PA

Edwin R. Rubin, AILA President (1990–1991)

Newark, NJ

Ted Ruthizer, AILA President (1992–1993)

New York, NY

Peter D. Williamson, AILA President (1994–1995)

Houston, TX

Denyse Sabagh, AILA President (1996–1997)

Washington, D.C.

Jimmy Wu, AILA President (1998–1999)

Seattle, WA

Margaret A. Catillaz, AILA President (2000–2001)

Rochester, NY

John L. “Jack” Pinnix, AILA President (2002–2003)

Raleigh, NC

Paul L. Zulkie, AILA President (2004–2005)

Chicago, IL

Carlina Tapia-Ruano, AILA President (2006-07)

Chicago, IL

Charles H. Kuck, AILA President (2008-09)

Atlanta, GA

David W. Leopold, AILA President (2010-11)

Cleveland, OH

Laura Lichter, AILA President (2012-13)

Denver, CO

Leslie A. Holman, AILA President (2014-15)

Burlington, VT

William Stock, AILA President (2016–2017)

Philadelphia, PA

Anastasia Tonello, AILA President (2018-19)

New York, NY

Jennifer Minear, AILA President (2020–2021)

Richmond, VA

Lena Orlow Ginsburg, AILA President (1954)

New York, NY

John J. Barry, AILA President (1966)

New York, NY

Ester M. Kaufman, AILA President (1971–1972)

New York, NY

James J. Orlow, AILA President (1974–1975)

New York, NY

Benjamin Gim, AILA President (1977–1978)

New York, NY

Jonathan Avirom, AILA President (1979–1980)

New York, NY

Charles C. Foster, AILA President (1981–1982)

Houston, TX

Seymour Rosenberg, AILA President (1983–1984)

New York, NY

Jules E. Coven, AILA President (1985–86)

New York, NY

Ira J. Kurzban, AILA President 1987–1988

Atlanta, GA

Polly A. Webber, AILA President (1989–1990)

San Jose, CA

Howard "Sam" Myers III, AILA President 1991–1992

Minneapolis, MN

Hope Frye, AILA President 1993–1994

Novato, CA

Daryl R. Buffenstein, AILA President 1995–1996

Atlanta, GA

Margaret H. McCormick, AILA President 1997–1998

Chicago, IL

Steven A. Clark, AILA President (1999–2000)

Cambridge, MA

Steven M. Ladik, AILA President (2001–2002)

Dallas, TX

Palma R. Yanni, AILA President (2003–2004)

Washington, D.C.

Deborah Notkin, AILA President (2005–2006)

New York, NY

Kathleen Campbell Walker, AILA President (2007-08)

El Paso, TX

Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, AILA President (2009–2010)

Santa Monica, CA

Eleanor Pelta, AILA President (2011-12)

Washington, DC

T. Douglas Stump, AILA President (2013-14)

Oklahoma City, OK

Victor D. Nieblas Pradis, AILA President (2015-16)

City of Industry, CA

Annaluisa Padilla, AILA President (2017-18)

La Habra, CA

Marketa Lindt, AILA President (2019-20)

Chicago, IL

Allen Orr, AILA President (2021-22)

Washington, D.C.

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