Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 11061365 (posted Jun. 13, 2011)"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, June 13, 2011
George Tzamaras / Amanda Walkins
202-507-7649 / 202-507-7618
SAN DIEGO, CA - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Jason Abrams, a partner with Abrams & Abrams in New York, with the 2011 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of immigration and nationality law. He will receive the award on June 16, 2011, during AILA's Annual Conference to be held in San Diego, CA.
Mr. Abrams specializes in employment-based and family-based petitions and applications, as well as complicated situations involving fraud allegations or identity theft. Additionally, he appears in Immigration Court for adjustment hearings and Cancellation of Removal cases.
Mr. Abrams has been a central leader in the fight against the unauthorized practice of law nationally and especially in his home state of New York. He is the chair of his AILA Chapter's Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL), which gathers evidence wrongdoing by unlicensed practitoners and works with law enforcement to stop non-lawyers from preying on their local communities through fraudulent legal work. As there is no recourse against a non-lawyer whose inexperience or deception ruins an individual's chance at an immigration benefit, UPL is a serious problem with potentially harsh and unfixable consequences. Over the past five years, his efforts to control UPL have culminated in the dramatic shutdown of many "consultants," including the four biggest New York organizations, through cooperation with the office of former state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Mr. Abrams also organizes clinics to help victims of UPL which have already served over a thousand individuals.
In addition to his work combating UPL, Mr. Abrams is known as an organizer and catalyst. As a third generation immigration lawyer, he has used what has come naturally to him for the benefit of others; he encourages participation by new lawyers and guides them into ethical professional careers. Mr. Abrams was born in New York and graduated from Haverford College and Fordham Law School.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.