In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Dale M. Schwartz

AILA remembers Past President Dale M. Schwartz: immigration attorney, champion for the underdog, and dedicated family man.
AILA Doc. No. 21083004

In Memoriam: Judge Robert A. Katzmann’s Lasting Legacy for Immigrants in Need of Competent Representation

AILA mourns the passing away of Judge Robert A. Katzmann, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, who was a friend, exceptional leader, and a great inspiration. His influence went far beyond the courtroom. Memoriam written by Cyrus Mehta and Bob Juceam.
AILA Doc. No. 21061431

In Memoriam: Michael Phulwani

AILA remembers Michael Phulwani. Michael Phulwani, Esq., was a friend, colleague, and mentor to thousands. Memoriam written by David Nachman.
AILA Doc. No. 21011105

In Memoriam: George Akst

AILA remembers George Akst. George truly loved his work; in fact, he didn’t consider it work at all. It was his passion.
AILA Doc. No. 21010802

In Memoriam: Carolyn Waller

AILA remembers Carolyn Waller. Ms. Waller was a pioneer in immigration law in the Washington, D.C. area and will be greatly missed. Remembrance by Carolyn Killea Rutledge.
AILA Doc. No. 20113031

In Memoriam: Steven A. Clark (1944-2020)

AILA remembers Past President Steven A. Clark. Steve was the “go to guy” on business immigration for several decades. He devoted substantial time and effort in mentoring others, writing on immigration law issues, and advocating improvements in the law by government agencies and Congress.
AILA Doc. No. 20090230

In Memoriam: Robert Allan Mautino

AILA remembers Robert Allan Mautino. Bob served in numerous roles for AILA, including Chapter Chair of the Southern California Chapter, founder of the San Diego Chapter, and Board of Governors member. He was notorious for traveling to conferences and meetings by train.
AILA Doc. No. 20062901

In Memoriam: Lisa T. Felix, 1967-2020

AILA remembers Lisa T. Felix. Remembrance by Monica Singh on behalf of the AILA Philadelphia Chapter. “Lisa is most remembered for her kindness and ability to infect others with her humor. Colleagues recall her as a sweet, funny person – the kind of person with whom you immediately felt friendly.”
AILA Doc. No. 20040737

AILA Remembers Joe Minsky

AILA remembers Joe Minsky. Remembrance by Peggy McCormick.
AILA Doc. No. 20012412

In Memory of Fran Berger

AILA remembers Fran Berger. Remembrance by Annie Wang, Naomi Schorr, and Vicki Yudenfriend. “She will be remembered not just as a rock-solid friend and mentor, but as a charming, humorous, and intelligent woman of integrity and strength.”
AILA Doc. No. 20010608

Richard R. Rulon, 1943–2019

AILA remembers Richard Rulon. Remembrance by Ronald Klasko: “We know that most of you did not know Rich. However, all of us who had the privilege of knowing him remember him as a wonderful lawyer, a good friend and a person with a terrific sense of humor who enjoyed life to its fullest.”
AILA Doc. No. 19102903

In Memory of Michael Alan Bander

AILA remembers Michael Alan Bander, a 45-year resident of Miami, U.S. Army veteran, and one of the deans of the immigration bar, who died suddenly at his summer home in Spruce Head, Maine on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at the age of 79.
AILA Doc. No. 18092132

William Z. Reich, 1947-2018

AILA mourns the passing of William Z. Reich of Buffalo, NY, on August 25, 2018. Bill was a founding member of the Upstate New York Chapter of AILA. Rememberance by Gerry Seipp – Bill’s friend and colleague since 1972 and law partner in Buffalo from 1989-2003.
AILA Doc. No. 18082930

James "Jim" Orlow, 1935-2018

AILA remembers James “Jim” Orlow. Jim’s roots in this Association were deep: he was President in 1974, like both of his parents before him. Remembrance by William Stock.
AILA Doc. No. 18082701

In Memory of John (“Jack”) E. English

AILA remembers John (“Jack”) E. English. Jack was a wonderful, decent, caring person and a great friend to many. He was also a founding member of the Michigan AILA Chapter. Remembrance by Michael P. Nowlan
AILA Doc. No. 18012634

Bob Heiserman: A Consummate Gentleman

AILA mourns the loss of Bob Heiserman. We should celebrate Bob's life and feel lucky that we could share it with him. Bob, we love you, we will miss you, and treasure our memories. Remembrance by Sam Myers.
AILA Doc. No. 18011800

Peter Ferrara: A Tribute to My Father

Sole practitioner and AILA member, Victoria Ferrara, pays tribute to her father, Peter Ferrara, an immigration attorney who immigrated from Sicily, Italy 100 years ago this month.
AILA Doc. No. 17110961

Juan Osuna: A Life Well-Lived But Cut Too Short

Death felled a giant of immigration law and policy last week when Juan P. Osuna, age 54, died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack. Remembrance by Stephen Yale-Loehr.
AILA Doc. No. 17082230

Juan P. Osuna: A Remembrance

AILA mourns the passing of Juan P. Osuna, former Executive Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
AILA Doc. No. 17081700

Joseph E. Ching: A Remembrance

AILA mourns the loss of Joseph Eugene Ching, principal of the New Orleans-based Ching Law Firm and long-time AILA member. Remembrance by Steven Ladik.
AILA Doc. No. 17070340

Jules Coven: A Remembrance

AILA mourns the loss of Jules Coven. Remembrance by Matthew L. Guadagno and Kerry Bretz.
AILA Doc. No. 17010331

Stanley Mailman: A Remembrance

AILA mourns the loss of Stanley Mailman. Services will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 11:00 am at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel in New York City. Remembrance by Stephen Yale-Loehr.
AILA Doc. No. 16120502

In Memory of Julie C. Ferguson

AILA mourns the loss of Julie C. Ferguson. Remembrance drafted by Meredith K. Stewart and Tammy Fox-Isicoff.
AILA Doc. No. 16051699

In Memory of Elizabeth Gervais-Gruen

AILA mourns the loss of Elizabeth Gervais-Gruen. Remembrance by Jack Pinnix.
AILA Doc. No. 15071012

Richard M. Ginsburg: A Memoriam

AILA mourns the loss of Dick Ginsburg. Remembrance by Philip Hornik.
AILA Doc. No. 15030663

Tribute to Leon Rosen

AILA mourns the loss of Leon Rosen, who served as AILA National President between 1972-1973, and passed away on January 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada at age 90. Remembrance by Leon Wildes.
AILA Doc. No. 15021045

A Remembrance: Roberta Freedman

AILA mourns the loss of Roberta Freedman who passed away November 2, 2014.
AILA Doc. No. 14110742

Cornelius D. Scully III: A Memorial

AILA mourns the loss of Dick Scully. Remembrance by Dale Schwartz, AILA Past President.
AILA Doc. No. 14013142

Mourning the Loss of William H. Dance

AILA mourns the loss of Bill Dance. Remembrance by Dave Paruch.
AILA Doc. No. 14012240

AILA Mourns the Loss of Grace Hoppin: Fierce Legal Intellect, Tireless and Generous Mentor

AILA mourns the loss of Grace Hoppin. Remembrance by Warren Leiden.
AILA Doc. No. 13101665

Edward Gudeon – My Memories of Ed (Updated 7/29/13)

AILA mourns the loss of Edward Gudeon. Remembrances by Ted Ruthizer and Gary Endelman.
AILA Doc. No. 13072659

Carmen A. DiPlacido – Brilliant, Kind, and Generous

AILA mourns the loss of Carmen DiPlacido, a thoughtful mentor, a generous volunteer, and a dear friend. Remembrance by Denise Hammond and Jonathan Ginsburg.
AILA Doc. No. 13020451

Jackson Chaney – A Remembrance of an Extraordinary Mentor

AILA mourns the loss of Jackson Chaney, 2006 Sam Williamson Mentor Award. Remembrance by Leslie A. Holman, AILA First Vice President.
AILA Doc. No. 12081343

AILA Mourns the Passing of Zada Edgar Soto

A remembrance of Zada Edgar Soto, by Gloria Goldman.
AILA Doc. No. 12050148

Nathan T. Notkin – “Dean of Immigration Law”

Remembering Nate Notkin, who passed away March 13, 2012.
AILA Doc. No. 12031560

Donald Freiberg--A Remembrance

AILA mourns the loss of Donald Freiberg, past chair of the AILA Santa Clara Valley Chapter. Remembrance courtesy of Randall Caudle.
AILA Doc. No. 11101164

Matthew Baxter: Remembered Fondly

AILA mourns the loss of Matthew Baxter, past AILA Philadelphia Chapter Chair and tireless immigration advocate, volunteer, and mentor. Remembrance courtesy of William Stock, Joe Hohenstein, and Judi Bernstein-Baker. AILA Doc. No. 11091860.
AILA Doc. No. 11091860

Benjamin Gim: A Great Life Remembered

AILA mourns the loss of Benjamin Gim, past president and recipient of the 1982 Jack Wasserman and 1994 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Awards. Remembrance courtesy of Arnold Kawano.
AILA Doc. No. 10012662

Robert P. Wiemann, AAO Chief, Dies

Robert P. Wiemann, AAO Chief, has died.
AILA Doc. No. 08111261

The Immigration Bar Loses Another Giant: Mas Yonemura

AILA member Robert Baizer remembers his former law partner, Mas Yonemura, who passed away on 7/23/08 at age 92.
AILA Doc. No. 08072363

AILA Mourns Another Deep Loss - Stephen Fischel

The immigration world loses another of its lions, as Stephen Fischel dies at age 59.
AILA Doc. No. 08070160

A Loss to the Immigration Bar: Joe Vail

In remembrance of our colleague and friend, Joe Vail.
AILA Doc. No. 08061708

Ira Gollobin: Visionary Architect of Change

In remembrance of Ira Gollobin - author, successful litigator, architect of change.
AILA Doc. No. 08052863

In Gratitude—Michael Maggio, 1947–2008

In remembrance of Michael Maggio, 1947-2008. AILA Doc. No. 08052966.
AILA Doc. No. 08052966

Arthur Helton – An Appreciation

The life and work of our friend, member and role model, Arthur Helton, is remembered.
AILA Doc. No. 03082140

Maurice A. Roberts, 1910-2001

Maurice A. Roberts, former Chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), died on November 2, 2001, at the age of 91.
AILA Doc. No. 01110531