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AILA 2014 Annual Conference

June 18– 21, 2014
Marriott Copley Place & Westin Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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2014 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law

Individual session recordings are available for purchase.

This conference was presented live June 18–21, 2014, at the Marriott Copley Place, Westin Copley Place, and Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

View the complete, detailed Conference Program and Day-At-A-Glance.

AILA 2014 Annual Conference

This four-day conference, which is the largest gathering of the immigration law community each year, offers a comprehensive educational program and CLE offerings with over 120 substantive sessions. Sessions will be located throughout AILA's three conference venues: the Boston Marriott Copley Place (co-headquarters hotel), the Westin Copley Place (co-headquarters hotel), and the Hynes Convention Center, which will hold the fundamentals sessions (Thursday-Saturday). The program includes fundamentals, intermediate and advanced level tracks on business- and family-immigration, criminal consequences, and asylum law, as well as trial skills for immigration attorneys. Speakers come from around the world and from the immigration agencies.

Practice Roundtables offer an informal, yet structured, opportunity to network and learn from colleagues. The Fundamentals Boot Camp and Fundamentals track offer new and mid-level practitioners a solid foundation of the basics of immigration law throughout the conference.

Enjoy networking opportunities and meeting colleagues, as well as an exhibit hall showcasing resources and services. Attendees can build relationships and learn about services their practices need to thrive. The Annual Conference is a dynamic event that is designed to provide you with growth opportunities throughout the conference including events to help you establish important professional connections with your colleagues.

Register early as space is limited to 3,400 attendees and is expected to sell out. And don't forget to take advantage of the Special AILA Members Only Conference Recordings Offer! AILA members can purchase the full Annual Conference recording set of digital conference recordings for only $99 if purchased with conference registration by the Early Bird deadline (April 23)!

Your Registration Fee Includes:

  • Admission to CLE sessions from Wednesday-Saturday
  • Specially prepared conference materials
  • AILA's Immigration Practice Pointers (2014-15 Ed.) and Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law (2014-15 Ed.) in electronic format
  • Continental breakfast Thursday-Saturday (while supplies last)
  • Lunch vouchers (value limited and restrictions apply, check lunch voucher for detailed information)
  • Grand Opening Gala on Wednesday evening
  • Admission to the Exhibit Hall
  • Refreshment breaks (while supplies last)
  • Opportunities to network
  • A copy of the attendee list
  • Conference Program Book
  • Day Planner
  • App for smartphones and tablets (Available through iTunes and the Google Play Store, by searching the word “AILA”)

Registration & Pricing

Early Bird Package | Deadline: April 23, 2014
Annual Conference registration at the Early Bird rate of:
AILA Members/International Associates $835.00 Nonmember Attorneys $1,085.00
AILA Members' Paralegals $835.00 Other Nonmembers $1,085.00
AILA Law Student Members $585.00 Nonmember Law Students $700.00
AILA Nonprofit Members $685.00 Nonprofit Nonmembers $850.00
AILA Senior/Retired Members $420.00 Government Employees $835.00
Special AILA Members Only $99 Conference Recordings Offer!
From now until the Early Bird Registration deadline (April 23, 2014), AILA members can purchase the full Annual Conference recording set of digital conference recordings for only $99! The recordings must be purchased at the time of conference registration, and will be available following the conference via the Agora Digital Library. After April 23, the full set of recordings can be purchased for $159 up until the start of the conference. At the conference the regular rates will apply. This offer is available to AILA members only!

Advance/Onsite Rate | After April 23, 2014 and Onsite
Annual Conference registration at the Advance/Onsite rate of:
AILA Members/International Associates $1,085.00 Nonmember Attorneys $1,335.00
AILA Members' Paralegals $1,085.00 Other Nonmembers $1,335.00
AILA Law Student Members $835.00 Nonmember Law Students $950.00
AILA Nonprofit Members $935.00 Nonprofit Nonmembers $1,100.00
AILA Senior/Retired Members $670.00 Government Employees $1,085.00

Additional Registration Options
Guest Passes

  • $120.00 per guest.
  • Allows entry for one guest into the Grand Opening Gala, the Exhibit Hall, the Presidents Reception and the Saturday Night Party.
  • Does NOT include access to CLE Sessions.
E. Michael Berger Scholarship
  • Your donation to this fund helps eligible lawyers who work for certain nonprofit organizations and/or do a significant amount of pro bono work to attend the Annual Conference. (Suggested donation: $50)
American Immigration Council Events
  • American Heritage Awards on Friday, June 20, 2014, at 6:30 pm - $200 per ticket.
  • Tony Cook Memorial Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 1:00 pm - $300 per player.
  • Late Night Migration Mingle on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 8:30 pm - $40 per person.

Events hosted by the American Immigration Council at the Annual Conference, including the American Heritage Awards and Golf Tournament, require a separate registration. To learn more or to register, via fax or mail please contact Megan Hess.

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Discounts for Multiple Registrants from the Same Firm:

Bring 3 or more and save! When you bring a group of three or more attorneys/paralegals from your firm, you save $100 off the registration fee for the third registrant, and any additional registrants. Please note that the first two registrants are required to pay the full registration fee and do not receive any additional discount. Registrations must be received at the same time to qualify for the discount. Online registration is not available for the "3 or more" discount, you must fax or mail in the registration forms. Each group registrant will receive a copy of the entire invoice and a confirmation once the registrations have been processed.

Nonmembers cannot register via group registrations prior to March 19, 2014

CLE Credit

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is being sought for the 2014 Annual Conference in all jurisdictions that have mandatory CLE and legal specialization requirements. Notices of approval, including approved totals, will be posted on the Annual Conference website as they become available. Participants seeking CLE credit will be required to submit their affidavit of participation via webCLE by Friday, July 11, 2014, at Attorneys are awarded credit based upon the number of session hours they attend at the conference. Attorneys are responsible for accurately tracking and recording the sessions they attend and the relevant CLE codes for CLE reporting. Participants at the Annual Conference can receive up to 31 CLE credit hours. Additional information regarding CLE procedures will be provided to registrants at a later date.

Hotel & Travel

AILA Conference Hotels have sold out of the AILA group rate. Please contact the hotels for the current rate available to the AILA conference attendees. Also, please see below for the list of other hotels near the AILA Conference Hotels.

Co-Headquarters Hotel:
Boston Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

  • AILA Group Rate: $297 Single/$317 Double, plus taxes
    Phone: 1-877-901-2079 or (617)236-5800 (Group Code: AILA) or book online.

Sold Out!
Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

  • AILA Group Rate: $299 Single/Double, plus taxes
    Phone: 1-800-Westin1 or (617)262-9600 (Group Code: AIF13A) or book online.

Sold Out!

Overflow Hotels:
Sheraton Boston**
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02199
AILA Group Rate: $275 Single/Double, plus taxes
Sold out!
Phone: 1-888-627-7054 or (617) 236-2000, option 4
(Group Code: AILA)
Or book online.
Hilton Boston Back Bay**
40 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115
AILA Group Rate: $249 Single/Double, plus taxes
Sold out!
Phone: 1-800-Hiltons or (617) 236-1100
(Group Code: American Immigration Lawyers)
Or book online.
Midtown Hotel
220 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
AILA Group Rate: $159 Standard Double Beds, plus taxes
Sold out!
Phone: 1 (800) 343-1177 or (617) 262-1000
(Group Code: American Immigration Lawyers)
** The Sheraton and the Hilton are the closest to the Hynes Convention Center where the Fundamentals Track will be held (Thursday-Saturday).

List of Hotels near the AILA Conference Hotels:
The Boston Common Hotel & Conference Center
40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 933-7717

Description: The Boston Common Hotel & Conference Center is a unique multi-purpose facility, which houses complete conference and function space and (64) guest rooms.
Boston Park Plaza
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 426-2000

Description: For a complete Boston experience, stay in fashionable Back Bay. You'll find the old world charm you expect at a hotel that's been part of Boston's heritage since 1927. You'll also be close to everything that makes Boston "Boston", so you won't miss a thing. A landmark in Boston, Boston Park Plaza has a long tradition of hosting the most successful meetings. The hotel offers its own restaurants and bar, but just outside the door, enjoy Boston's new restaurant corner where 6 new restaurants have recently opened. Come play in Boston and enjoy our historic surroundings.
The Charlesmark Hotel
655 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 247-1212

Description: 40 room boutique hotel, modern decor, upscale cocktail lounge. Location, value, ambiance, free wireless & continental breakfast.
The Colonnade Hotel
120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 424-7000

Description: Boston's small independent luxury hotel that takes pride in its ability to pay the utmost attention to every detail. Located in Boston's historic Back Bay neighborhood, the hotel offers weekend packages and suites. Rooftop pool and parking. Click here to find out more about BrasserieJO, Boston's only authentic French brasserie and to make a reservation.
Copley Square Hotel
47 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 536-9000

Description: For business or leisure travelers that desire something unique and innovative from their hotel, The Copley Square Hotel is Intuitively Yours! Offering unparalleled personal service in an intimate, yet vibrant urban setting, our newly reinvented hotel is a contemporary and chic alternative for embracing Boston's rich history and local culture. Outside our front door, discover Boston's best shopping, dining and entertainment. Inside, be pampered by our attentive staff and thoughtful amenities matched only by a serene nights sleep. Awake refreshed, revitalized and ready for a dynamic visit to Boston.
Courtyard by Marriott, Boston Copley Square
88 Exeter Street, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 437-9300

Description: Boston's newly renovated 8 year old Courtyard by Marriott Copley Square at 88 Exeter St, is a unique, boutique style hotel with 63 king rooms, 14 Queen-double rooms, and 4 suites. "88 Exeter, the Dream Continues," the hotel's theme, interprets the history of this residence as a former turn of the century hotel called Exeter Chambers to its evolution into a contemporary, upbeat, 21st century hotel. The evening, complimentary, Boston themed activities hosted by the hotel's Experience Specialist are sure to please every guest. HSIA is included in the room rate, and a full American buffett breakfast is offered every morning. Valet parking is provided. Walk to shops, eateries, theatres, venues, Newbury St, Copley Mall, and Hynes Convention Center. The Courtyard Marriott at 88 Exeter has been ranked #5 in the nation of all Courtyards based upon guest's service scores!
The Eliot Hotel
370 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 532-7123

Description: An elegant European-style suite hotel located in historic Back Bay within walking distance to shopping, fine dining, cultural attractions, universities and hospitals. Guests will enjoy luxury suites and experience the European style service and fine dining that earned The Eliot the accolade One of The Best Hotels in the World by Travel and Leisure 2010. The Eliot is well known as Boston's premier boutique hotel and the hotel's Clio Restaurant and Uni Sashimi Bar are among Boston's hottest dining destinations.Valet parking.
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 267-5300

Description: The Fairmont Copley Plaza has been a symbol of Boston's rich history and elegance since its gala opening in 1912. Centrally located in beautiful Back Bay, this luxury hotel is just steps from many popular historic sites, as well as the celebrated boutiques on Newbury Street. Our dedicated staff delivers incomparable hospitality, impeccable service and attention to detail to ensure your stay is perfect. With the completion of an extensive renovation of each of the hotel's 383 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, the restoration of the ballrooms and public spaces, and the addition of a new restaurant and a contemporary, rooftop health club, The Fairmont Copley Plaza shines more brightly than ever before.
Four Seasons Hotel Boston
200 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-351-2005

Description: As the world's leading operator of luxury hotels, Four Seasons Hotel Boston provides a preferred address for both business and leisure travelers, and the highly personalized, anticipatory service that Four Seasons guests expect and value around the world. Heralded as "Boston's living room," the hotel's Bristol Lounge provides a comfortable setting for dining and conversation any time of day. Tables offering views of Boston Public Garden line the floor-to-ceiling windows, and a fireplace warms the spacious room during the winter. Also, the hotel's health spa was recently renovated and with the addition of more than 500 square feet, the 24-hour Fitness Center (open only to hotel guests) now boasts, along with an indoor pool, even more state-of-the-art exercise equipment.
Hotel 140
140 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 585-5600
Description: Hotel 140, one of Boston's newest boutique hotels is Boston's best kept secret for overnight, short-term and extended stay accommodations located in the Back Bay Neighborhood. Our unique hotel offers a fabulous, convenient and central Boston location for all visitors. Hotel 140 has 60 contemporary rooms and numerous suites to fit your unique lifestyle. A stay at Hotel 140 would include complimentary continental breakfast at the Stuart St. Grille as well as complimentary high-speed internet. Convenience and quality at a price you wouldn't expect in Boston's Back Bay/Copley Square area.
Inn @ St. Botolph
99 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 236-8099

Description: A unique approach to hospitality from the creators of internationally acclaimed XV Beacon hotel. 16 oversized suites in a renovated historic brownstone just steps to Boston's finest dining and shopping.
The Lenox
61 Exeter Street at Boylston, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-421-4936

Description: In a city graced by historic charm, The Lenox is a Boston landmark. Ideally situated in Boston's fashionable Back Bay the hotel is located just steps away from shopping on fashionable Newbury Street, Prudential Center and Copley Place, the Museum of Fine Arts and Fenway Park. Uncompromising standards set the tone for the highest level of hospitality, especially for those who are accustomed to an intimate atmosphere and quiet luxury. This four-diamond hotel, an industry leader in environmental initiatives, features spacious guest rooms with elegant decor, working fireplaces, valet parking and numerous amenities including bathrobes, umbrellas and turndown service. Enjoy dinner in our neighborhood eatery City Table, a signature cocktail at City Bar or an authentic Irish pub experience at Solas.
Loews Boston Hotel
350 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 266-7200

Description: Located on the corner of Berkeley and Stuart Streets, in the heart of the Back Bay, Loews Boston Hotel is one of the city's premier hotels. Housed in the former Boston Police Headquarters, the hotel is modern, but with a nod to Boston's rich history. This four-diamond hotel offers something entirely unique for frequent travelers who seek a distinctive Boston address. The hotel features 225 well-appointed guest rooms and amenities that include complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet in all guest rooms and meeting spaces, a 24-hour business area with print station and a 24-hour fitness center. Two restaurants on site are amongst the most popular in town and also provide 24 hour room service for added convenience. While here, please indulge in our complimentary afternoon refreshment located on our lobby level- always authentically local.
Mandarin Oriental, Boston
776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199
Phone: (617) 535-8888

Description: Both timeless and contemporary at once, the new Mandarin Oriental, Boston is as distinctive as the city it calls home. Chosen for its superlative Boylston Street address in Boston's Back Bay, the building has been designed with sophistication, comfort, and Mandarin Oriental's signature touches of Asian elegance. With 148 guestrooms, a 16,000 square foot Forbes Five-Star awarded Spa, and an unparalleled dining experience in Asana, the result is a guest experience where the luxury of the surroundings is in harmony with the consummate service for which Mandarin Oriental is renowned.
Taj Boston
15 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 536-5700

Description: Taj Boston is perfectly located on fashionable Newbury Street, overlooking the Public Garden. The hotel has welcomed guests from across the world since 1927. Blending classic grandeur with contemporary luxury and gracious service, Taj Boston offers guests a memorable stay reflective of eight decades of hospitality. From dining to recreation to conference planning, each detail is meticulously taken care of, each service and facility offered in style.

Both co-headquarter hotels are located near many of Boston's most popular attractions, as well as the Boston subway. A typical cab ride from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to either hotel costs around $30.

Cancellation Policy

Registration cancellations received by April 23, 2014, entitle registrants to a full refund. Cancellations received between April 23, 2014 and June 5, 2014, are subject to an administrative charge of $100. No cancellation requests will be accepted after June 5, 2014, but the conference materials will be made available to all registrants in their AILA Agora Digital Libraries. All cancellation requests must be received in writing.

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