Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 13050340 (posted Jan. 8, 2014)"
AILA members have long been known for their community-mindedness and dedication to the provision of expert immigration legal assistance to underserved members of the immigrant population of this country. We all agree that Pro Bono is a part of Professionalism.
And so, AILA is excited to continue this program which was initiated in 2013. It is built to shine a well-deserved light on those among us who are consistently achieving and exceeding their pro bono goals, and who are tirelessly working to promote pro bono service and to further AILA's mission "...to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law & policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members."
Through its quarterly "Pro Bono Heroes" awards, AILA will recognize individuals and organizations from across the country that embody the ethical responsibility to provide pro bono service, through promoting and contributing to pro bono work, taking on complex pro bono cases or handling a significant number of pro bono cases or pro bono hours. Different categories of service will be honored in different quarters.
Each quarter AILA will solicit nominations for Pro Bono Heroes from AILA Chapters covering four regions:
- Northeast (CT, New England, NJ, NY, Ohio, and PA);
- Southeast (Carolinas, Florida, Georgia-Alabama, Mid-South, Puerto Rico, DC);
- Central (Canada, Chicago, Indiana, Iowa/Nebraska, Mexico City, Michigan, Minnesota/Dakotas, Missouri/Kansas, Texas, Wisconsin); Bangkok District & Rome District Chapters; and
- West (Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Northern California, San Diego, Santa Clara, Southern California, Oregon, Utah, Washington).
FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2014, WE WILL FOCUS THIS RECOGNITION ON INDIVIDUALS WHO FIT THE DESCRIPTION PROVIDED BELOW
Pro Bono Hero – First Quarter 2014
For the first quarter's Pro Bono Hero, we would like to recognize an individual who promotes pro bono legal assistance. This person may be an AILA member, but does not have to be, and may work for a non-profit organization, foundation, or law firm. For this quarter, we are not looking for individuals who handle a large number of pro bono clients. Rather, we are looking for people who support and promote pro bono work as a professional value, and who channel that value into finding, training, and supporting private attorneys who handle pro bono cases, thereby providing access to justice to lesser-served and vulnerable members of the immigrant population. This Hero should be considered a role model by his or her promotion of pro bono as a professional value and generosity of his or her time and resources.
Please Help us recognize those who embody the spirit of Pro Bono! Nominate an AILA Pro Bono Hero today.
**Complete this convenient online Nomination form now!**