AILA maintains an online Mentor Directory of over 200 experienced members who have volunteered to answer questions and aid other members in specific areas of immigration law and practice. The program is designed for brief "how to" advice on substantive legal questions, practical aspects of day-to-day practice, and ethical dilemmas. A number of AILA chapters also have in-person mentor programs for more in-depth mentoring. Visit myaila.aila.org and click the red Find-a-Mentor button to start, or contact your chapter for further information about chapter-based mentor programs.
AILA chapters serve many functions, from grassroots advocacy to member support to information sharing. Each chapter conducts its own local meetings and elects its local chair and other officers as necessary. Many chapters liaise with local government offices and play a role in resolving local issues. Becoming involved in your chapter provides a built-in vehicle to your local colleagues-get connected to yours at www.aila.org/chapters (www.aila.org/chapters).
Find a Member
This up-to-the-minute member directory lets you search for fellow AILA members by their first or last name, city/state, zip code, area of expertise, Chapter membership, Bar membership or law school attended. Simply type in your search criteria to find the member you are looking for. To access the Find-a-Member, visit myaila.aila.org/search (myaila.aila.org/search).
AILA sections are designed to build a community of members interested in a specific area of immigration law and to provide them with a structured forum and means to share ideas and information and to receive mentorship.
- Federal Court Litigation Section: The goals of this section include mentoring attorneys new to litigation or litigating a new or unfamiliar issue, educating attorneys in the skills required to litigate, creating targeted CLE opportunities, and providing a forum for experienced litigators to talk about strategies and receive feedback. Learn more and join at www.aila.org/litigationsection.
- Global Migration Section:
The newest AILA section provides members with an avenue for networking and business development to ensure counsel from all jurisdictions have opportunities to meet and exchange ideas. It also provides a structured forum to increase awareness of immigration rules in the global community. To find out more and join, visit www.aila.org/globalsection (www.aila.org/globalsection).
The message center provides you with an avenue to ask questions and engage in discussions with your peers and colleagues. To access, visit messages.aila.org.
Interest Groups are an informal affiliation of AILA members who share common interests and backgrounds outside of immigration law and seek a channel for discussion and networking opportunities. Groups are open to all AILA members! To see a complete list, please visit www.aila.org/interestgroups.