AILA Presents Sarah L. Moshe with the 2013 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award

Thursday, June 27, 2013

George Tzamaras
Belle Woods

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Sarah L. Moshe with the 2013 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for her outstanding contributions in the field of immigration and nationality law. She will receive the award today during AILA's Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.

Ms. Moshe is Director at Lewis & Kappes PC in Indianapolis, Indiana and has practiced immigration law for almost eight years. She was nominated by the AILA Indiana Chapter for this award; her colleagues used the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., to describe her as a "'disciplined nonconformist who [is] dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood,' the type of person and attorney who will help create 'a secure and livable world.'"

Her most widely-publicized case to date involves Elizabeth Olivas, the Indiana high school student who was stuck in Mexico due to a "visa snafu." The case helped serve as a catalyst for the Obama Administration's decision to implement the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative. Less than a month after being told by the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez that Miss Olivas had incurred a three-year-bar, Ms. Moshe welcomed her client home at the Indianapolis airport and two days later attended her high school graduation, where Miss Olivas delivered the salutatorian address. As the Olivas case gained international attention, Ms. Moshe appeared on programs such as Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien and NPR's All Things Considered with Michele Norris.

A single mother of five-year-old triplets, she successfully manages to juggle the joys and responsibilities of her family, along with the considerable demands of a disciplined, tireless, and devoted attorney who is dedicated to justice for all. Her sense of responsibility, loyalty, and creativity consistently exceeds all expectations.

In her years as a law student, Ms. Moshe began travelling to Washington, DC to participate in AILA's National Day of Action, and this year spearheaded the efforts of the Indiana delegation on Capitol Hill. She additionally works as an active pro bono volunteer for AILA's Military Assistance Program. From the globally unprecedented change that DACA brought, down to the very individual and personal victory for Elizabeth Olivas, Ms. Moshe's contributions have demonstrated her already remarkable impact in the field of immigration and nationality law.


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. 13062745.