Laura Lichter is the President of AILA for the 2012-2013 term. Ms. Lichter, an immigration attorney and expert from Denver, Colorado, was installed as the President of AILA at association's 56th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee' on June 14th, 2012.
Ms. Lichter's Denver-based practice emphasizes representation of removable aliens, contested family and naturalization applications, administrative appeals, and related Federal litigation.
A nationally-recognized expert and mentor, Ms. Lichter is a well-respected author and lecturer. Her commitment to community outreach, education, and access to counsel has been demonstrated by numerous projects, initiatives and pro bono cases over the years.
Ms. Lichter previously chaired the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Liaison Committee as well as AILA's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Liaison Committee. Ms. Lichter graduated cum laude from Swarthmore College and earned her J.D. at the University of Colorado.
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Asylum, Consular Practice, Deportation, Detention, Employer Sanctions, Family, General, LGBT Issues, Litigation, Naturalization, Religious Workers, Waivers.
Recent Blog Posts
Six Things You Need to Know about Stateside Processing of I-601A Waivers (AILA Leadership Blog, January 4, 2013)
AILA Takes Manhattan (AILA Leadership Blog, December 19, 2012)
Testimony of Laura Lichter, President , American Immigration Lawyers Association. Submitted to the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement of the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives. Hearing on July 24, 2012 on "The Aftermath of Fraud by Immigration Attorneys."
Recent Articles Quoting Ms. Lichter
Article: Immigration Change to Ease Family Separations by Julia Preston (New York Times, 1/3/2013).
Article: Immigrants Come Out of the Shadows to Fulfill a Dream by Saundra Amrhein (Reuters, 10/24/2012)
Article: Immigrant Requests Strain Consulates, Schools by Elliot Spagat (Associated Press, 9/25/2012)
Deferred immigration action packets require detective work to assemble by Yesenia Robles (Denver Post, September 22, 2012).
Quick Start to Program Offering Immigrants a Reprieve by Julia Preston (New York Times, September 11,2012)
Young illegal immigrants line up to for 1st chance to work legally in US in new Obama program by the Associated Press (Fox News, August 15, 2012)
Advocates Warn of Immigration Scams by Rosa Ramirez. (National Journal, July 23, 2012)
The Ins And Outs Of Obama's Immigration Shift (NPR's Talk of the Nation, June 18, 2012)
Laura Lichter discusses the newly announced final rule that will allow certain family members of U.S. citizens to remain in the United States while applying for the waiver they need to become permanent residents. (January 4, 2013)
An interview with Laura Lichter launches the new AILA Interview of the Month (AIM) series by discussing immigration reform in 2013. (January 7, 2013)
Laura Lichter discussing prosecutorial discretion and AILA's recently published report titled "Holding DHS Accountable on Prosecutorial Discretion" (WHAM [ABC] in Rochester, New York, October 10, 2011)
Laura Lichter discussing how to apply for deferred action. (June 15, 2012)