Learn about what each department at the AILA national office does.
The Advocacy Department represents the association before Congress and the Administration by advocating for legislative and policy reforms consistent with AILA's principles and priorities. The department draws upon the knowledge and expertise of our members to provide lawmakers and policymakers with the best and most current information, typically in the form of testimony, letters, memoranda, and vote recommendations that are available on our website. The department also organizes the annual AILA National Day of Action when hundreds of members join in Washington (and even in local districts) to lobby Congress on immigration reform.
The Communications and Outreach Department is charged with promoting the mission of the association and the expertise of the 13,000- plus member attorneys to media and the general public. The department staff works strategically to identify and prepare media spokespeople on key immigration issues of national interest. Staff also develops effective outreach and materials for various media markets, assists members in reaching out to local media, and provides members with substantive and rhetorical tools for use in public presentations to multiple audiences and constituencies.
AILA's Education and Resources Department develops and administers the content of the association's educational programs, print publications and resources, including continuing legal education conferences, audio and web seminars, podcasts, new online CLE initiatives, and conference handbooks. The Education and Resources Department also oversees the CLE accreditation program and provides customer service support to members and other practitioners seeking information relating to AILA's educational programming.
The AILA Executive staff is responsible for the overall management of the organization, national office, and staff. Staff members execute the policies and priorities as determined by the Board of Governors and work closely with the Executive Committee.
The Finance department is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the association's financial data processed through the accounting system according to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). On a regular basis the finance staff perform critical functions such as collecting cash from sales and other sources, preparing cash disbursements, interfacing with external treasury management systems and performing account reconciliations, maintaining the general and subsidiary ledgers within the accounting system, and adhering to and administering effective systems of internal controls. In addition, the finance department plays a leading role in preparing and monitoring the annual budget, developing the accounting and finance policies and procedures, preparing internal financial reports, and issuing annual financial statements for audit and tax compliance.
This department has two distinct functions, online services and technology services.
The Online Services unit uses web technology to improve communications, enhance programs, and distribute information to staff, members, constituents, and the general public.
The Technology Services unit is responsible for the health and security of internal network services (servers and desktops, "helpdesk" support and training for staff, and support for users of the association's AMS); and identifies emerging technologies to meet the association's ever- changing needs.
The Liaison Department provides direction and coordination to AILA's administrative advocacy and government liaison efforts. Staff of the Liaison Department work with member-based liaison committees, the AILA executive committee, and the AILA board of governors to set and achieve liaison and policy goals; work with government agencies to achieve AILA goals; accept and process requests for individual case liaison assistance; coordinate with the AILA Advocacy Department on participation in coalition activities; respond to member questions; and contribute content to AILA's website.
Marketing and Business Development provides leadership and coordination of all marketing functions. It develops, implements and evaluates marketing strategies and tactics in support of association-wide goals and initiatives. The department is responsible for growing revenue streams by promoting products, services and programs; identifying new product opportunities; identifying and valuing specific target audiences; driving comprehensive marketing and branding initiatives; developing and nurturing strategic alliances, identifying and analyzing market data; enhancing the organization's image and broadening its appeal to new and more diverse market segments; and ensuring that marketing activities are aligned with organizational goals.
The Membership Department is responsible for the recruitment and retention of members, processing applications, chapter relations, and other member service functions, including AILA’s Section administration, and member benefits inquiries.
The Human Resources (HR) and Administration department is committed to attracting, motivating, and retaining the best and the brightest employees in support of its professional members and programs. We are strategic partners, change champions, employee advocates, and administrative experts. As part of our total rewards program and philosophy, the HR department works throughout the year to ensure all benefits programs support the mission and culture of the organization. The department also is responsible for managing administrative support functions for the organization.
The Practice and Professionalism Department is dedicated to the shared ideals of the legal profession, including service to clients, ethical conduct, increasing competence and respect of the legal system, and pursuit of the public good. The Center focuses on providing assistance with developing our members' practice, resolving ethical dilemmas, providing ideas on improving firm management and help meeting pro bono commitments.
The Publications and Online Resources Department is responsible for AILA's publishing program and for the association's overall online content strategy, ensuring that both AILA's publications and its online resources (including the website (AILA.org), the online immigration research database (AILALink), and the daily electronic newsletter (AILA8)) are aligned with the needs of the membership and with the association's goals. p>