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AILA National's 2018 Open House

February 23, 2018
AILA National Office, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

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Presented 02/23/18
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 1 Day
Format In-person Event

Come meet AILA leaders, sign up for upcoming conferences, find out how you can get involved in AILA’s National Day of Action, attend free sessions, or just network with other immigration professionals from the D.C. area and beyond.

AILA's National Office 1331 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Come browse our latest immigration publications. Purchase that AILA publication or online resource you’ve been eyeing on AGORA at a 20% discount for publications and $50 off new AILALink subscriptions. Or, make your purchase during the POWER HOUR and take an additional 10% off publications. Exclusions: publication discounts not applicable to Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook, combo items, and cannot be combined with other offers. AILALink discount limited to new 12-month subscriptions.


Time Event
8:30am – 10:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
Meet and greet your colleagues and the AILA Staff.
8:30am – 12:00pm AILA Book Store and Member Service Center Opens
AILA staff will be on hand to answer questions and to provide service for AILA Publications, Conferences, Membership; Pro Bono Programs, Information and Liaison, Advocacy, Media and Communications (open until noon).
9:30am – 10:25am Guide to Digital Advocacy
Find out how easy it is to advocate for fair and just immigration policies from your desk or phone. AILA’s Guide to Digital Advocacy will show you the importance and effectiveness of participating in digital advocacy campaigns, as well as resources that are available on
10:30am – 11:25am One Year into the Trump Administration: How the Council Has Responded
Experts from the American Immigration Council (Council), AILA’s non-profit partner, will discuss the impact of President Trump’s Administration on immigration in the U.S. and the Council’s programmatic work in response to his policy changes.
11:30am – 12:25am Launching Your Own Immigration Practice
Discussion Topics:
  • Identifying your area(s) of focus
  • Budgeting and Finances
  • Identifying your ideal client
  • Marketing strategies for new immigration small/solo firms
  • Dos and don’ts of starting an immigration practice
  • How to handle clients who aren’t paying their bills
  • How to select vendors for your business
12:25pm – 1:55pm Taste of DC Networking Lunch
Take a mid-day break and join the AILA Executive Committee members, AILA D.C. Chapter and staff for a networking lunch to expand both your immigration knowledge and contact lists. Pick your immigration topic of discussion from our list of suggested topics and pick your place to dine. Topics choices will be provided upon registering for open house. If you plan to attend the lunch, please RSVP directly to Jessica Del Villar at, and be sure to bring cash as everyone pays their own tab!
12:25pm – 3:00pm AILA’s Wellness Center Opens
Given current events, it can certainly be a stressful time to be an immigration attorney. However, to take the best care of your clients, you must take care of yourself. Let AILA’s Practice and Professionalism Center help you engage in some self-care with stress-busting ideas and solutions. Sign up on-site for one our limited FREE massage chairs from 1-3 pm and melt the stress away!
1:00pm – 2:00pm Attend Power Hour and Save on AILA Publications!
Attendees can save 20% on publications purchased during Open House. BONUS! We’ll take an additional 10% off publications sold during Power Hour. (Offers not applicable to Kurzban’s Sourcebook and combos).
2:00pm – 3:00pm Meet and Greet with Ira Kurzban
Meet Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook author and immigration law expert Ira Kurzban! Ira will answer quick questions and sign a note for your new edition of Kurzban’s!
2:00pm – 2:55pm Law Student Event
Come discuss your options for practicing Immigration Law with several notable DC area attorneys. Bring questions, learn about different practice settings.
3:00pm – 3:55pm Advanced Legal Research Using AILA Member Benefits and AILALink
This training will cover how to use AILA online properties to conduct legal research and to solve case problems. This training will discuss how to solve case problems and find decisions using and Fastcase and how to do advanced research using the powerful tools in the AILA InfoNet Research Library and My Research. This session will also give an in-depth look at how to use AILALink, AILA’s subscription research database offering fully searchable statutes, regulations, case law, and agency correspondence; an expanded version of Fastcase called Fastcase Premium; and $4,000-plus worth of searchable AILA publications, including Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook and Business Immigration: Law & Practice.

One free CLE hour available in NC, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV, and OH pending approval.
4:00pm – 4:55pm Case Resolution Strategies
Learn how to solve the most common immigration case problems using liaison tools and resources for cases and issues pending before USCIS, ICE, CBP, DOL and more. This session includes invaluable practice tips to solve every-day issues, current trends in adjudications, and how and when to request AILA liaison assistance on individual cases.

Topics include:
  • When and How to Inquire With Government Agencies
  • Requesting a Case be Expedited
  • Review of Wrongly Denied Cases
  • Receiving Case Liaison Assistance

One free CLE hour available in NC, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV, and OH pending approval.
Two CLE credits available in NC, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV, and OH pending state approval.