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2018 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law

June 13– 16, 2018
San Francisco Hilton and Parc 55 Hotels, San Francisco, California, USA

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Presented 06/13/18–06/16/18
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 4 Days
Format In-Person Event

Building Bridges and Standing for Justice

The first year of the Trump administration has brought about unprecedented changes and immense challenges. This June, join your fellow fearless lawyers at the 2018 AILA Annual Conference (AC18) in San Francisco to share experiences from the last year and plan for the future. The nearly 150 sessions at AC18 will prepare you for the year ahead, whether you specialize in asylum, business, or anything in between. Tracks are available for all levels of experience, and you'll be eligible to earn up to 32 CLE credits. New this year, in addition to an earlier start on Wednesday, AILA will feature the AILA Inspires Series, a Fearless Lawyers Inspiration Lounge, and expanded Law Practice Management Sessions, including a Three-Part Practice Innovation Series. During the expanded Lunch Breaks, meet face-to-face with nearly 100 exhibitors and learn about the latest tools, technologies, and services in one convenient location. Finally, don’t miss your chance to network with colleagues at the Taste of San Francisco Networking Events, the Presidents Reception (at AT&T Park—home of the San Francisco Giants), and the Saturday Night Party (at the California Academy of Sciences). See the full slate of AC18 events and program offerings in AILA’s Day-At-A-Glance at

Your registration fee includes:

  • Admission into the CLE sessions from Wednesday through Saturday
  • Peer-reviewed conference handbooks—AILA’s Immigration Practice Pointers (2018–19 Ed.) and Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law (2018–19 Ed.)—in electronic format
  • Continental breakfast (while supplies last)
  • Admission to the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening on Wednesday evening, Presidents Reception, Awards Presentation, and Saturday Night Party
  • Admission to the Exhibit Hall throughout the conference
  • Refreshment breaks (while supplies last)
  • Opportunities to network
  • A copy of the attendee list
  • A Conference Program Book.

View the complete conference program, the Day-At-A-Glance, and review the above tabs for important registration, pricing, CLE, and hotel information.

99 Dollars Recording
Special Offer: Register for the live event and you can save hundreds of dollars when you purchase the conference recordings for only $99.

American Immigration Council

The American Immigration Council, your non-profit partner, brings you several trainings and networking events during annual conference, more information is available here. For questions about these events, contact Nayeli Pelayo at or at (202) 507-7535.

American Heritage Awards

Join the American Immigration Council on Friday, June 15 from 6-10 pm, to celebrate the talents, contributions, and accomplishments of notable immigrants and their advocates while networking with friends and colleagues.

After Hours at the Hawthorn

Join the party! The Council's After Hours party will start at 9 pm on Wednesday, June 13. It's a hit each year and San Francisco will not disappoint. Kick off this year's annual conference with live music, drinks, and the perfect atmosphere to have some fun.

The speaker's/author’s views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author’s experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.

Early-Bird Deadline:
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Early-Bird Advance/
AILA Members
AILA Members $855 $1,105
AILA Members' Paralegal $855 $1,105
AILA Law Student Members $605 $855
AILA Nonprofit Members» $705 $955
AILA Senior Members** $440 $690
Nonmember Attorneys $1,105 $1,355
AILA International Associates $855 $1,105
Nonmember Law Students $720 $970
Government $870 $1,120
Nonprofit Attorneys» $870 $1,120
Guest Pass* $120

Online registration ends June 06, 2018. After this date, onsite registration will be available.

AILA will not be mailing out badge sheets and conference information in advance of the conference.

You can register for this event quickly and securely online by adding this item to your cart and paying by credit card. If you need to mail or fax in your registration, you can also download and complete a registration form. If you register online, do not also mail in a registration form.

99 Dollars Recording
Special Offer: Register for the live event and you can save hundreds of dollars when you purchase the conference recordings for only $99.

Discounts for Multiple Registrants from the Same Firm Bring three 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.

Layaway Plan The layaway plan is for early-bird registrants only (credit card only; 3 equal installments will be charged to your credit card on the date the registration is received, then on 4/25 and 5/25, respectively). The layaway plan is not available after May 1, 2018.
AC18 Scholarships AILA is pleased to make available the E. Michael Berger Scholarship (for attorneys) and Volunteer Scholarships for Law Students and AILA Members’ Paralegals. Please click on the links for information on eligibility, and to submit an application.

Please note: All registrations are subject to approval. Attendance at AILA conferences and seminars is solely restricted to AILA members and their employees, government employees, and nonmember attorneys. Non-attorney attendance is limited to the employees of AILA members in good standing, to HR professionals who have an AILA member reference, employees of accredited educational institutions providing support to international student and scholar services at their employing institutions, and accredited representatives under 8 CFR §292.2. AILA will reject conference registrations from persons who provide representation without authorization in violation of 8 CFR §292.1, such as for-profit "immigration consultants" and notarios."

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Registration and attendance at the AILA conferences and events constitute an agreement by the registrant to the use and distribution of the registrant's image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions and audiotapes of such events by AILA.

*Guest registration fee includes the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening, Presidents Reception, Saturday Night Party, and Exhibit Hall access. Fee does not include admission to the CLE sessions. Children are not permitted in the CLE sessions. Badges must be worn at all times and for admission to all events. Guest rate not available for attorneys or paralegals.
Paralegals must create their own account to register for this conference. For more information on creating a nonmember account, please visit the Agora Help Page.
**If you have been with AILA for at least 25 years and have reached the age of 65, please contact and request to become a Senior member.
»You have to be a Nonprofit AILA Member to receive the AILA Nonprofit Member rate for the conference. Nonprofit nonmembers must send a separate signed statement certifying full-time employment by a nonprofit agency (online registration is not available to nonprofit nonmembers).

Continuing Legal Education Credits at the Conference*

Important Information: Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is being sought for the 2018 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 Monday, June 25, 2018, 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. Eligible participants can receive up to 32 total credits (including up to 10.5 ethics credits) in 50-minute jurisdictions and up to 27 total credits (including up to 9 ethics credits) in 60-minute jurisdictions. Additional information regarding CLE procedures will be provided to registrants at a later date. Visit for more details.

*Please note that estimated CLE credit hours are for in-person attendance only. The amount of CLE credit hours, if awarded, for OnDemand participation will differ depending upon state jurisdictions.
NOTE: Please be aware of unofficial or scam solicitations for AILA housing reservations and/or other services related to the AILA Annual Conference. AILA will never call you to secure your AILA hotel reservation. AILA reservations can only be secured via the official hotel websites or the hotel phone numbers listed below.

Hilton San Francisco Union Square 333 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

AILA Room Rate: $279 Single/Double (plus applicable taxes)

The AILA Group Rate has SOLD OUT
To reserve your room, please:
Reserve Online or Call:

(Group Code IMM)

Parc 55 Union Square - A Hilton Hotel 55 Cyril Magnin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

AILA Room Rate: $259 Single/Double (plus applicable taxes)

The AILA Group Rate has SOLD OUT
To reserve your room, please:
Reserve Online or Call:

(Group Code AIA)

Please note that rooms may become available due to cancellations.

Note: The specially discounted AILA group rate has been contracted for room nights reserved from 06/13/2018 through 06/16/2018 only. The AILA group rate is not guaranteed for any other dates and will be based on availability.

Hotel Cut-off Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2018*

*Hotel reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms at the AILA rate will sell out before the deadline, so we advise you to make your reservation as early as possible. AILA will not be able to get additional rooms at the AILA rate after the AILA block of rooms fills up.

Overflow Hotel

Courtyard San Francisco Union Square
(.3 miles from the Hilton)
761 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
The AILA Group Rate has SOLD OUT.
Please note that rooms may become available due to cancellations.
AILA Room Rate:$259 Single/Double (plus applicable taxes)
To reserve your room, please:
Reserve Online or Call: 1-888-236-2427
(Refer to: American Immigration Lawyers Group Rate)

Hotel cut-off Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018*


Nearby Hotel Options

The Marker San Francisco
Address: 501 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-292-0100

Hotel Nikko San Francisco
Address: 222 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-394-1111

Axiom Hotel
Address: 28 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-392-9466

Westin St. Francis
Address: 335 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-397-7000

Holiday Inn Express San Francisco Union Square
Address: 235 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-951-1500

The Alise San Francisco - A Staypineapple Hotel
Address: 580 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-441-2700

Tilden Hotel
Address: 345 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-673-2332

Hotel Abri
Address: 127 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-392-8800

Hotel Adagio
Address: 550 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-775-5000

King George Hotel
Address: 334 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-781-5050

Clift Hotel
Address: 495 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-775-4700


Northern California Chapter Visitor Guides

Learn more about activities for attendees of AC2018. The Northern California Chapter provides visitor guides, including guides to: restaurants and bars near AC18, Bay Area hikes and trails, San Francisco restaurant and activities, local tours, and wine country: Napa and Sonoma Valley.

Car Rental Discounts

Hertz is offering car rental discounts for AILA Conference Attendees. Phone reservations can be made at: 1-800-654-2240. Refer to Convention Number (CV): 022Q8850 or get the discount online.

Delta Airlines Discounts

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for American Immigration Lawyers Association. Please click here to book your flights! You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1-800-328-1111 Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMS7B.


*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

Discounts are applicable for travel to and from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Oakland International Airport (OAK), and San Jose International Airport (SJC) between June 7, 2018 to June 20, 2018.

Parking at the Hilton

  • $62.70 (Garage Parking)
  • $76.38 (Valet Parking)

Nearby Parking Garages Closest to the Hilton

Union Square Garage
333 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 397-0631
Open 24 hours

  • Midnight to 9am …… $2/hr
  • 9am to Noon …… $3/hr
  • Noon to 3pm …… $6/hr
  • 3pm to 6pm …… $4/hr
  • 6pm to Midnight …… $2/hr
  • Daily Max …… $36

Mason O'Farrell Garage
325 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 673-6757
Open 24 hours

  • Per Hour …… $8
  • Daily Max …… $35

Sutter & Stockton Garage
444 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 982-8370
Open 24 hours

  • Midnight to 9am …… $1/hr
  • 9am to Noon …… $3/hr
  • Noon to 3pm …… $4/hr
  • 3pm to 6pm …… $3/hr
  • 6pm to Midnight …… $1/hr
  • Daily Max …… $36

Ellis-O'Farrell Garage
123 O'Farrell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 986-4800
Closes 1AM

  • Midnight to 9am …… $2/hr
  • 9am to Noon …… $2/hr
  • Noon to 3pm …… $3/hr
  • 3pm to 6pm …… $3/hr
  • 6pm to Midnight …… $1/hr
  • Early Bird, M-F (enter before 7:30 a.m. and exit after 7 p.m.) …… $20
  • Daily Max …… $36

California Parking
665 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 468-4860
Open 24 hours

  • Per Hour …… $12
  • Daily Max …… $42

Post-Taylor Garage
530 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Open 24 hours

  • 12 hours …… $35
  • Daily Max …… $50

Mason Garage
433 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Open 24 hours

  • Daily Max …… $35
Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations received by May 1, 2018, entitle registrants to a full refund. Cancellations received between May 1, 2018 and June 1, 2018, are subject to an administrative charge of $100. No cancellation requests will be accepted after June 1, 2018, 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 or emailed to

Notice: All registrations and reservations are subject to acceptance. Registrations and reservations received without payment will be returned. Registrations are NOT transferable and cannot be split among conference attendees. Any and all liability of AILA with respect to registration, reservations, cancellations, changes in the date, location or content of the program, and refunds is limited to a sum no greater than the registration fee paid. Under no circumstances shall AILA be liable for incidental or consequential damages of any kind, including, but not limited to, the cost of transportation or lodging. Submission of registration and payment constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions herein.