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AILA Pro Bono Heroes Recognition Program

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.

This program, which was initiated in 2013, 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 " 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 recognizes 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 are honored in different quarters. Nominations are solicited 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).


Pro Bono Hero - WINTER 2014/2015

For this cycle of Pro Bono Hero, we recognized organizations or institutions around the country that promote or contribute to pro bono legal assistance. The organization may be a non-profit organization, foundation, or law firm that works to provide access to justice to lesser-served and vulnerable members of the immigrant population and thereby promotes pro bono service among the private bar. The organization may include, for example, a non-profit that works to find, train, and support private attorneys who handle pro bono cases or a law firm that requires its attorneys to handle a significant number of cases or complex and unusually difficult cases. This organization should be considered a role model by its promotion of pro bono as a professional value and its generosity with its time and resources.

Please note - the AILA Pro Bono Heroes initiative will be transitioning to a new and exciting AILA pro bono recognition program later in the year. Please stay tuned to for details!

Thank you to all who have participated in this important program and for allowing us to shine a light on those who you feel are Pro Bono exemplars in your chapters and communities. We congratulate all those who have been nominated &/or selected over the course of the program, and look forward to highlighting even more of your inspiring work in the months and years to come!

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 13050340.