Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 00060910 (posted Jun. 9, 2000)"
Friday, June 5, 2000
, Public Affairs Manager
TOP IMMIGRATION LAWYERS GATHER IN CHICAGO
AILA'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE
IL ¾ The American Immigration Lawyers Association
(AILA), the national voluntary association of more than 6,000 attorneys who
practice immigration law, are gathering in Chicago on June 14-18 for the
organization's 2000 Annual Conference on Immigration Law.
The event is designed to bring together attorneys who represent hundreds
of thousands of Americans who have applied for permanent residence for their
spouses, children and other close relatives to enter and resident in the United
States, businesses seeking to sponsor professional workers seeking to enter the
United States on a temporary or permanent basis, as well as asylum seekers,
students, entertainers and athletes.
year's conference features a series of panels, roundtable discussions and
workshops on issues ranging from H-1B visas, pending congressional legislation
and other cutting edge issues that affect most practitioners, immigrants,
American companies, and businesses nationwide.
A. Catillaz will be sworn in as AILA’s new President during the conference.
Ms. Catillaz is a partner in Harter, Secrest & Emery, and leads the firm’s
immigration practice group from its Rochester (NY) office. She counsels
multi-national corporations, large and small employers, educational institutions
and individuals on immigration matters. Ms. Catillaz has been named to the Best
Lawyers in America for her immigration work, as well as to the International
Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers. A full biography of Ms.
Catillaz is attached.
on the agenda is the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF)’s Award Dinner
honoring the contributions of Chinese Americans. Honorees include: Robert Chen,
concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Daniel Tsui, a Princeton
University chemistry professor and winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
conference is scheduled to run from June 14-18 at The Sheraton Chicago Hotel
in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides its Members
with continuing legal education, information, professional services and
expertise through its 35 chapters and over 75 national committees. AILA also
advocates before Congress and the Administration, as well as providing liaison
with the INS and other government agencies in support of pro-immigration
initiatives. AILA is an Affiliated Organization of the American Bar Association
and is represented in the ABA House of Delegates.
Catillaz counsels multinational corporations, smaller employers, educational
institutions, and individuals on immigration matters such as permanent
residence, labor certifications, temporary work visas, North American Free Trade
issues, and employment eligibility verification requirements.
Her experience includes the following:
multi-national corporations in securing the transfer of key foreign
personnel into the United States under appropriate work visas
universities/colleges in connection with securing work authorization for
foreign faculty members and with issues relating to foreign students
research scholars, physicians and medical groups in securing waivers of the
two-year foreign residence requirement
individuals and companies before the Department of Labor in connection with
securing Labor Certification for positions for which there are no available
United States workers
foreign investors seeking to secure permanent residence in the United States
clients in compliance with pertinent immigration regulations for employment
clients involved in mergers/acquisitions to assure compliance with
and Civic Activities
serves as president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and
has been a member of the board of governors of AILA since 1989.
Among other duties, she has served as chair of AILA’s Liaison Committee
to INS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She
is a past president of the International Business Council of the Rochester
Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Volunteer Legal Services Project.
Maggie has served as a member of numerous committees of the Monroe County
and New York State Bar Associations. She
is listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers in America as well as International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers.
University, J.D., 1976
State University of New York at Albany, B.A.,
cum laude, 1972