Hispanic Business Magazine Names AILA President Carlina Tapia-Ruano One of America’s Most Influential Hispanics

Washington DC --- The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) congratulates its own President Carlina Tapia-Ruano for being named in the 100 Most Influential Hispanics List of 2006 by Hispanic Business Magazine. The list, which profiles Tapia-Ruano's marked success and accomplishment, is featured in the October edition.

Tapia-Ruano has practiced immigration law for more than two decades. She is widely renowned as an expert in immigration law. She is a frequent lecturer on immigration law to attorneys all over the US, and appears frequently in newspapers, on radio, and on Spanish-language television programs.

In addition, Tapia-Ruano is an adjunct professor of immigration law at ITT-Chicago Kent School of Law and De Paul College of Law in Chicago, and she has published several articles in leading legal publications regarding various topics in immigration law. She holds a rating of AV (very high to preeminent) by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, is listed in Woodward/White's Best Lawyers in America, Leading Lawyers Network, the International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, Marquis' Who's Who of American Women, is a lifetime member of United Who's Who, and was named a "Super Lawyer" in Illinois for the past three years.

Tapia- Ruano founded the Chicago firm Tapia-Ruano & Gunn PC. Her firm is based upon the principle that through immigration the American Dream is continuously renewed. The mission at her firm involves helping immigrants and their families realize this dream, and assisting business in meeting their unique human resource needs.

On June 22, 2006 Tapia-Ruano was sworn in as President and primary representative of AILA, the national association of 10,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. She is a naturalized citizen from Cuba, and the first Hispanic to be elected to this position in the 60-year history of AILA.

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.

For more information please contact George Tzamaras at 202-216-2410 or Brooke Hewson at 202-216-2435.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 06100465.