AILA Presents the 2009-2010 Amicus Committee with the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
George Tzamaras

Sara Ibrahim

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) awarded the AILA 2009-2010 Amicus Committee with the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law. The committee members will receive the award on July 3, 2010 during AILA's Annual Conference held in National Harbor, MD.

The 2009-2010 AILA Amicus Committee, led by Oregon-based attorney Stephen Manning, has pushed the boundaries on effective legal advocacy and hones the "amicus" voice of AILA for judges and administrative adjudicators reach out to hear and understand AILA's position. The Committee implemented unique strategies to accomplish this paradigm shift including engaging in litigation in all Circuits and filing briefs in important cases. Most recently, the Committee filed an amicus brief in the Arizona district court case of Friendly House v. Whiting supporting a preliminary injunction of the AZ anti-immigrant statute commonly referred to as SB 1070.

The Committee also authored practice advisories, established Circuit monitors, and engaged in AILA Chapter outreach on targeted legal topics. The Committee members author the AILA Slip Opinion Blog at

The AILA Amicus Committee includes:

Stephen Manning, Chair
Immigrant Law Group, PC
Portland, OR

Russell Abrutyn
Marshal E. Hyman & Associates
Troy, MI
6th Circuit

Maria Andrade
Andrade Law Office, Inc
Boise, ID
9th Circuit

Cynthia Aziz
C.A. Aziz, PA
Charlotte, NC
11th Circuit

Vikram Badrinath
Vikram Badrinath P.C.
Tucson, AZ
9th Circuit

Jackson Chaney
Chaney & Lane
Irving, TX
5th Circuit

Kerry Doyle
Graves & Doyle
Boston, MA
1st Circuit

Matthew Guadagno
Bretz & Coven LLP
New York, NY
2nd Circuit

Joseph C. Hohenstein
Orlow, Kaplan & Hohenstein
Philadelphia, PA
3rd Circuit

Jeremy McKinney
McKinney & Justice, PA
Greensboro, NC
4th Circuit

Kathy Moccio
Minneapolis, MN
8th Circuit

Lee O'Connor
Indiana Legal Services Inc.
South Bend, IN
7th Circuit

Deborah S. Smith
Law Office of Deborah S. Smith
Helena, MT
9th Circuit

Olsi Vrapi
Noble Law Firm
Santa Fe, NM
10th Circuit


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.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 10062970.