AILA Presents Angelo A. Paparelli with the 2010 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
George Tzamaras

Sara Ibrahim

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) awarded Angelo A. Paparelli of Seyfath Shaw LLP in Irvine, CA the 2010 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for the advancing the practice of law. He will receive the award during AILA's Annual Conference held in National Harbor, MD.

Angelo Alfredo Paparelli, grandson of Italian immigrants, is recognized by his peers and the public as a scholar and leader in immigration law and a passionate advocate for the rights of immigrants, U.S. citizens, and organizations petitioning for immigration benefits. He is listed as a leading lawyer for immigration law by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and has been named in three annual peer- and client-based evaluations as Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the Year by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.

Writing and speaking on immigration law and now blogging at, proved to be Paparelli's pathway to recognition. He challenges the status quo, in person and through his writing. He co-authors an immigration column in The New York Law Journal, published numerous articles, and edited a book on worksite compliance. He speaks regularly as a panelist for AILA and others.

Paparelli is an influential voice in the immigration reform movement. His leadership and passion for justice distinguish him from his peers, and inspire others to be in the forefront of change. His reputation as one of the most versatile leaders in the field, in employment and family-based immigration, removal defense and government advocacy, is rooted not only in his years of experience as an immigration attorney, but also as a speaker, educator, advocate, mentor and writer.

In addition to his contributions to the immigration community and as an advocate for immigrants, Paparelli has been a mentor to many young attorneys. He makes himself available to newer practitioners by offering his expertise to anyone eager to learn. His interest in honing newer attorneys reflects his understanding that each immigration attorney has the opportunity and responsibility to advocate for clients and promote a just immigration system. As a teacher, mentor, and attorney, he embodies all the qualities that an immigration attorney should strive to achieve. He represents excellence in every aspect of what it means to be a successful immigration attorney and advocate for immigrants' rights and enlightened immigration laws.

Paparelli has served as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Law Foundation, and speaks regularly at national and local conferences about the most current issues in employment-based immigration.

He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and moved on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University 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. 10062968.