AILA Presents Dagmar Butte with the 2018 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

George Tzamaras
Belle Woods

WASHINGTON, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will recognize Dagmar Butte of Portland, Oregon, with the 2018 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award, in recognition of her outstanding service, over a period of years, in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves. She will receive the award this week during AILA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Ms. Butte is a shareholder at Parker, Butte & Lane, and is an immigrant from Germany. She practices business and family immigration for individuals and corporate clients in high tech, health care, engineering, education, and a variety of other sectors. She also writes and speaks nationally and internationally on immigration law for AILA and other organizations.

Ms. Butte, an elected director of the Board of AILA, has received two AILA Presidential Commendations, is listed as a SuperLawyer since 2008, is listed in Who’s Who Among Business Immigration Lawyers and Chambers USA, served on then-candidate Barack Obama’s Immigration Policy Committee, and received the Oregon AILA 2009 Gerald H. Robinson Excellence in Immigration Advocacy Award.

She currently serves on AILA’s USCIS HQ Liaison Committee and Business Immigration Response Taskforce. In the past, Ms. Butte has chaired AILA's USCIS Service Center Operations Directorate Liaison Committee and Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee, assisted with legislative and regulatory comment writing, and served on a variety of special issue task forces, as well as the most recent AILA Executive Director Search Task Force.

In her spare time, Ms. Butte is an Adjunct Professor teaching international law at Lewis & Clark Law School.


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. 18061193.