Exceptional Programming

As the immigration law landscape continues to undergo profound transformations, AILA’s Annual Conference continues to be the go-to source for the most current and complete educational programming for professionals in this field. This year’s landmark event will feature more than 120 sessions and unite the brightest minds in immigration law for connection, education, and celebration. Most importantly, AC24 participants will leave the conference with new tactics and strategies to carry our practices into the future.

NEW THIS YEAR: Attendees will be able to sign up to participate in Small Group Strategy Sessions. With 15+ of these panels planned, you can delve into in-depth discussions on a range of topics. Advanced sign-up for these sessions will be required, available on a first-come, first-served basis. When sign-up opens, instructions will be sent first to everyone already registered.

Attendees are free to stay on one track for the entire conference or pick sessions across various tracks to create a tailored experience.

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Government Open Forums
Curious about agency priorities and what’s coming in the future? Join representatives from USCIS, ICE, CBP, DOS, and DOL as they answer AILA members’ questions and offer exclusive reports from their agencies.
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Fundamentals Track
This track is for you if you’re new to immigration law or you’re an experienced practitioner looking to expand into a a new area. With sessions on ethics, employment-based immigration, family immigration, and removal defense, you’ll gain a background in everything you need to begin practicing in any area.
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Family Track
Explore complex I-130 and I-751 issues, naturalization, ethical issues in nontraditional marriage situations, humanitarian parole, ethics, and much more. This track will cover specialized family immigration issues as well as specialized humanitarian topics like VAWA, U visas, asylum, and more.
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Business Track
Gain insights that will help you effectively represent employer and employee clients, as well as investors, entrepreneurs, and other business clients. From PERM, H-1B, EB-5, and the whole alphabet soup of employment-based categories to stateside visa processing, consular processing, and employer compliance—you'll find sessions covering all areas of business immigration.
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Removal/Litigation Track
From immigration court to federal court, this track will help you improve your briefs and learn new trial skills. Sessions will cover an array of topics in removal defense, as well as litigation relating to FOIA, administrative appeals, crimmigration, and more.
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Special Sessions and Strategy Sessions
With special sessions that will delve into practice management, ethics, security, burnout, implicit bias, and more, as well as small-group strategy sessions covering customer service, limited-scope representation, how to build a niche practice, and beyond, these additional learning opportunities will ensure you go home with lessons you may have never expected to learn.

Introducing Our Keynote Speakers

We are thrilled to announce that this year, AC24 attendees will be addressed by two distinguished keynote speakers:

Chef Andrew Black

Chef Andrew Black

Chef Andrew Black is a chef, restaurateur, and entrepreneur in Oklahoma City. Born in Jamaica to an Indo-Jamaican family, he was often tasked with building outdoor clay ovens for his grandmother as a child.

Chef Black arrived in Oklahoma City 17 years ago when he was hired by the historical Skirvin Hotel as its executive chef. He has since made Oklahoma City his home as one of its leading small business owners and tastemakers.

In 2023, Chef Black won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest, and in 2022, he was a James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Chef. From working his way through Jamaica’s resort kitchens to staging his way through fine dining restaurants in Europe, including the Ritz in Paris, Chef Black has been a trailblazer his whole career, and today is a respected and accomplished restaurateur, philanthropist, and leader. Learn more about Chef Black.

Ur M. Jaddou, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Ur M. Jaddou, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Ur Mendoza Jaddou was appointed as the Director of USCIS on August 3, 2021. She previously served as chief counsel at USCIS from June 2014 to January 2017.

Experience and Achievements: Most recently, Director Jaddou was the director of DHS Watch, an America’s Voice-led project focused on good governance and accountability in the immigration system. She also served as an adjunct professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law, and counsel at Potomac Law Group, PLLC.

Education: Director Jaddou is a daughter of immigrants—a mother from Mexico and a father from Iraq—born and raised in Chula Vista, California. She received a bachelor's and master's degree from Stanford University and a law degree from UCLA School of Law. Learn more about Driector Jaddou.

Special Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Opening Happy Hour
Kick off the 2024 Annual Conference at the Opening Happy Hour Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Stop by the Exhibit Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for snacks, drinks, and networking! AC24 sponsors will provide drink tickets.
Immigration Impact Awards
Join the American Immigration Council for cocktails, food, and entertainment. This event allows us to celebrate the positive impact immigrants have on our country. Separate ticket purchase is required. Purchase your tickets on AC24 registration page.
Let the AILA Locals Show You Around
The AILA Chicago Chapter has organized a variety of activities for conference attendees, including sight-seeing, a river cruise with fireworks, a golf outing, Chinatown tour with dim sum, a night of Chicago blues, a 5k run/walk, art tours, and museum visits. Sign up to reserve your spot!
Saturday Night Party
This year’s conference will conclude with a lively celebration on Saturday night at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Join us for an evening of museum exploration, food, drinks, music, dancing and more! Shuttles will be provided from the conference hotels. Reserve your complimentary ticket and purchase guest tickets on AC24 registration page.

Snapshots of Past Special Events

What are you waiting for?

Join us in person in Chicago or virtually via the webcast for the biggest immigration law event of the year.

In-Person and Webcast CLE Credits

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit has been sought for the 2024 AILA Annual Conference and Webcast on Immigration Law in all jurisdictions that have mandatory CLE and legal specialization requirements. Participants seeking CLE credit for the LIVE event will be required to submit their attendance via webCLE by Monday, June 24, 2024, at ailawebcle.org. Attorneys are awarded credit based upon the number of session hours they attend at the conference. Attorneys are responsible for accurately tracking and recording the sessions they attend and the relevant CLE codes for CLE reporting.

Eligible participants can receive up to:
50-minute jurisdictions
– 27 total credits (includes up to 10.5 ethics credits, 4.5 elimination of bias credits, 2 trial skills credits, and 2 cybersecurity/technology credit)
60-minute jurisdictions – 22.5 total credits (includes up to 9 ethics credits, 4 elimination of bias credits, 2 trial skills credits, and 2 cybersecurity/technology credit) *  

*Please note that estimated CLE credit hours are for the live in-person and webcast attendance only. The amount of CLE credit hours awarded for On-Demand recording participation will differ depending upon state jurisdictions.  

OnDemand Conference CLE Credit:  
AILA has filed for MCLE and specialized credit in appropriate jurisdictions. To receive CLE credit, attorneys must record session attendance and the CLE codes provided via webCLE. Eligible participants can receive up to:
50-minute jurisdictions - 144.5 total credits (includes 12 ethics credits, 4.5 elimination of bias credits, 2 trial skills credits, and 7 cybersecurity/technology credit)
60-minute jurisdictions - 120.5 total credits (includes 10 ethics credits, 4 elimination of bias credits, 2 trial skills credits, and 6 cybersecurity/technology credit)

Additional information regarding CLE procedures and specific state approvals will be provided to registrants at a later date.  

Please review the individual state approval through the links below. To report your attendance log in to ailawebCLE.org, click “MyEvents” > “Conferences” > “2024 AILA Annual Conference and Webcast on Immigration Law.”  

Need to report your credits? Use these CLE Reporting Instructions to help you do so.

For more information on CLE eligibility, please visit the 2024 AILA Annual Conference and Webcast on Immigration Law registration page.

Special Thanks to Our Annual Conference Sponsors