Special Sessions

June 19–22, 2019 | Orlando, FL | Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center


Thursday, June 20
Conference Kick-Off | 8:00 am-8:30 am
President's Installation | 8:30 am-10:00 am
Keynote | 10:00 am-10:30 am
Hot Topics Strategy Session with AILA National Officers | 10:30 am-11:50 am

Unique Opportunities

Daily During Lunch
AILA Genius Bar-Get expert help to win your cases! The Genius Bar will be located in the Exhibit Hall, where attendees can ask questions and engage with AILA speakers. Speakers will be divided into tables by practice area.

New Attendee Orientation
Wednesday, June 19
9:45 am-10:45 am
Is this your first AILA Annual Conference? Join us for this informative session where you'll have an opportunity to meet new colleagues and learn on how to maximize your conference experience from AILA leaders and conference organizers.

Fearless Lawyer Removal Skills Sessions
brought to you by the Immigration Justice Campaign
Thursday, June 20
8:00 am - 1:25 pm

AILA Inspires: Congressional Speaker Series sponsored by Immigrants' List Civic Action
Friday, June 21
12:25 pm-1:25 pm

Specialized Credit Sessions

The Ethics of Dealing with Government Surveillance and Client Confidentiality (Ethics)
3:45 pm-4:45 pm

Ever-Changing USCIS Policies: New Ethical Considerations in Family Immigration (Ethics)
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Identifying and Ethically Handling Fraud in Marriage Cases (Ethics)
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Due Diligence and Ethical Considerations in Client Intake (Ethics)
9:25 am-10:25 am

Improving Your Client and Staff Relationships Through Diversity Training (Diversity CLE)
1:35 pm-2:35 pm

Risky Business: Ethics and Risk Management in the Current Climate (Ethics)
2:50 pm-3:50 pm

Ethical Issues in Removal Cases: Pinocchio and His Advisors? (Ethics)
4:05 pm-5:05 pm

Mergers and Acquisitions Due Diligence: How to Avoid Nasty Surprises (Ethics)
10:40 am-11:40 am

Everyone Makes Mistakes: How to Ethically Mitigate Your Liability (Ethics)
1:35 pm-2:35 pm

AILA Classroom

AILA Online Resources

AILALink Training

Wednesday: 3:45 pm-4:45 pm
Friday: 7:00 am-8:00 am
This training session, which is eligible for CLE credit, will be an in-depth look at how to use AILALink, AILA's subscription-based immigration law research database. AILALink offers fully searchable statutes, regulations, case law, agency correspondence, and $4,000-plus worth of AILA publications, including Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook.


Thursday: 4:05 pm-5:05 pm
Friday: 8:10 am-9:10 am
Saturday: 4:05 pm-5:05 pm
This training session, which is eligible for CLE credit, will cover how to make the most of Fastcase, a comprehensive case research database included as part of your AILA member benefits.

Advanced Legal Research Using AILA Member Benefits and AILALink

Wednesday: 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
Thursday: 10:50 am-11:50 am
Saturday: 7:00 am-8:00 am
Saturday: 12:25 pm-1:25 pm
This advanced training, which is eligible for CLE credit, will cover how to use AILA online properties to conduct legal research and solve case problems. Trainers will discuss resolution of case problems through AILA.org, Fastcase, and AILALink/Fastcase Premium, and how to do advanced research using the powerful tools on these platforms.


Get the Most Out of Your AILA Membership

Thursday: 12:25 pm-1:25 pm
Friday: 1:35 pm-2:35 pm
Network with fellow members and learn all that AILA has to offer. This informal session will give you the information you need to get the most out of your member benefits. Whether you're a new member or you need a refresher, make sure you aren't overlooking the benefits and resources that can keep you informed, save you time and money, and enhance your practice.

AILA's Practice and Professionalism Center

Staying Competitive with Emerging Technology

As clients seek better, faster, and cheaper legal services, how do you stay competitive? Answer this question and learn how to innovate in your own practice at this session. Panelists will discuss practice automation tools, improving your delivery model, and the ethical roadblocks in lawyer regulation. Guarantee your professional success and discover tools that will get you ahead in an ever-evolving marketplace.

Fee vs. Hourly - Head to Head

Thursday: 7:00 am-8:00 am
Cases take longer now, but many practitioners are still working with a fee set to another administration's way of doing business. What is more, many hourly and flat fees are haphazardly decided. Clients like flat fees and lawyers hate tracking time. But what is the right fee structure for the job? Learn how to determine if your fee choices are cutting into your bottom line and the steps to correcting it.

How to Start and Build an Immigration Law Practice

Friday: 4:05 pm-5:05 pm
Immigration law is hot! People are fired up and going to law school and switching to or adding practice areas because they want to be part of this fired up profession. However, many attorneys do not have formal business training before they venture into law practice management - in what is already a complex area of law. Law school doesn't teach you how to create immigration practice workflows, choose firm technology, manage staff, or market your budding law practice, and working for another firm doesn't teach you how to balance the books or manage risk. Any help an attorney can have in starting, building, and managing a law practice is especially needed to sustain growth and viability.

Nonprofit Practice Management

Saturday: 9:25 am-10:25 am
Legal aid organizations are also law practices, with some of the same practice management concerns as for-profit firms, but different nuances for what is predominant and how to address them. This session will work through issues usually seen in the nonprofit sector and how to address them.

Unstick Yourself

Wednesday: 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
Wednesday: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Feeling like your practice is running from one emergency to another? Does the daily grind continue 24x7? Are you wondering where the exit to the gerbil wheel is? It's at this session. Come hear how to unstick your practice, get over the hump, get out of your own way to find that elusive success and happiness in your immigration practice.

American Immigration Council

J-1 Exchange: Trainings and Trainees

us help you manage and grow your J-1 visa and Exchange Visitor Program case portfolio. Earn CLE credit at our J-1 visa sponsorship trainings for companies, firms, and non-profits. Then meet with our in-house experts to learn how our trainee program can support you and your clients.

  • Exchange Visitor Program and J-1 Visa: Private Sector Categories 2019 Update
    • Thursday: 9:45 am-10:45 am
  • Ask the Experts: Exchange Visitor Program and J-1 Visa
    • Thursday: 4:05 pm-5:05 pm
  • Writing a Successful J-1 Training/Internship Placement Plan (DS-7002)
    • Friday: 10:40 am-11:40 am

Other Training Opportunities

Case Resolution Strategies

Wednesday: 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Thursday: 2:50 pm-3:50 pm
Saturday: 10:40 am-11:40 am
Learn how to resolve problem cases using liaison tools and resources, including case liaison assistance, practice pointers and alerts, and government assistance options.

Make the Case for Immigration: Advocacy, Media, and Social Media Training

Friday: 2:50 pm-3:50 pm
Saturday: 1:35 pm-2:35 pm
Saturday: 4:05 pm-5:05 pm
This training will provide a crash course on how to use the right message and tools to champion your clients, engage with Congress and the press, and build a successful social media presence.

Communicating Inclusion

Wednesday: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Learn about how to communicate around contentious issues, as well as how to conduct your own community research that can help drive a new deep story of immigrant inclusion at the community level.