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For Immediate Release

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 99060759 (posted Jun. 7, 1999)"

For Immediate Release

Contact: Judith Golub
206-621-9000
202-216-2403
June 9, 1999

NATION'S TOP IMMIGRATION LAWYERS GATHER IN SEATTLE FOR AILA'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Meeting Cited as Premier Education Event

In the Field of Immigration Law

(Seattle, WA) -- The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the national bar association of more than 6,000 attorneys who practice immigration law, gather in Seattle this week for the organization's 1999 Annual Conference on Immigration Law. The event is designed to bring together those attorneys who represent tens of thousands of American families and businesses seeking to bring individuals lawfully into the United States.

This year's conference features a series of panels, roundtable discussions and workshops on issues ranging from trial advocacy, pending congressional legislation and other cutting edge issues that affect most practitioners. The 2,500 attendees at the four-day conference will choose from 80 sessions and 250 speakers whose goal is to update them on the latest areas affected by new laws and regulations, discuss interpretation and implementation as well as provide advice on how to best serve their clients.

"This year's program includes basics and advanced sessions as well as everything in between," said AILA President Steven Clark. "Sessions highlight new developments and explore the nuances of complex areas of immigration law."

Also on the agenda is the American Immigration Law Foundation’s Award Dinner honoring Governor Gary Locke and AILA Member Marc Van Der Hout for their years of dedication to the immigration field. Governor Locke, the son of an immigrant family and the nation’s first Chinese-American Governor, will receive the AILF Torchlight Award that is presented annually to outstanding immigrants or immigrant advocates. Marc Van Der Hout, the recipient of the AILF Honorary Fellow Award, is best known for his work on pro bono cases and impact litigation affecting the lives of many thousands of immigrants.

The conference is scheduled to run from June 10-13 at The Washington State Convention Center.

Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides its Members with continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 34 chapters and over 75 national committees. AILA is an Affiliated Organization of the American Bar Association and is represented in the ABA House of Delegates.

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