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Laura Lichter


Laura Lichter is the Immediate Past President of AILA. Ms. Lichter, an immigration attorney and expert from Denver, Colorado, held the position of AILA President in 2012-2013.

Ms. Lichter's Denver-based practice emphasizes representation of removable aliens, contested family and naturalization applications, administrative appeals, and related Federal litigation.

A nationally-recognized expert and mentor, Ms. Lichter is a well-respected author and lecturer. Her commitment to community outreach, education, and access to counsel has been demonstrated by numerous projects, initiatives and pro bono cases over the years.

Ms. Lichter previously chaired the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Liaison Committee as well as AILA's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Liaison Committee. Ms. Lichter graduated cum laude from Swarthmore College and earned her J.D. at the University of Colorado.

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Asylum, Consular Practice, Deportation, Detention, Employer Sanctions, Family, General, LGBT Issues, Litigation, Naturalization, Religious Workers, Waivers.

Recent Blog Posts

Ding Dong, DOMA Is Dead (AILA Leadership Blog, June 26, 2013)

Anyone else getting dizzy? (AILA Leadership Blog, June 25, 2013)

The Senate Floor Dance Is Set to Begin (AILA Leadership Blog, June 7, 2013)

Like Déjà Vu, All Over Again (AILA Leadership Blog, May 8, 2013)

A Bird in Hand—CIR and Deferred Action (AILA Leadership Blog, March 28, 2013)

The Hill: Family Reunification Must Be Part of Immigration Reform (The Hill, March 15, 20130)

Stateside Waivers: Some Families Still Left Out in the Cold (AILA Leadership Blog, March 7, 2013)

Congressional Testimony

AILA President Laura Lichter Testimony for Senate Hearing submitted for the 4/22/2013 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S. 744.”

Testimony of Laura Lichter, President , American Immigration Lawyers Association. Submitted to the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement of the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives. Hearing on July 24, 2012 on "The Aftermath of Fraud by Immigration Attorneys."

Recent Articles Quoting Ms. Lichter

Article: A Year Later, Only Half of Those Eligible for Deferred Deportation Have Applied (Cronkite News, 6/21/2013)

Article: A Catch for Undocumented Immigrants in Recent Reforms (The Atlantic, 5/17/2013)

Article: Gang Of 8 Bill Gives Immigration Advocates Lots To Like (Huffington Post, 4/18/2013)

Article: U.S. Quickly Hits Visa Cap for Skilled Foreign Workers (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 4/8/2013)

Article: Young Immigrants, Seeking Deferred Action Help, Find Unexpected Path (New York Times, 3/25/2013)

Radio Appearances

Deferred Action: A Bird In Hand For Young Immigrants (NPR, 4/25/2013)

The Ins And Outs Of Obama's Immigration Shift (NPR's Talk of the Nation, June 18, 2012)

Video Clips

AILA Quicktake #33: DOMA Ruling and Immigration

AILA Quicktake #11: President on 4/22 Senate Immigration Hearing

AILA President on Introduction of Immigration Reform Proposal

AILA Quicktake #10: Senate Immigration Reform Bill Introduced

AIM: Immigration Reform in 2013

Laura Lichter discusses the newly announced final rule that will allow certain family members of U.S. citizens to remain in the United States while applying for the waiver they need to become permanent residents. (January 4, 2013)