AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Presents Robert H. Cohen and Leslie A. Holman with the 2024 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

6/10/24 AILA Doc. No. 24061000.
George Tzamaras
Belle Woods


WASHINGTON, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Robert H. Cohen and Leslie A. Holman with the 2024 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award, in recognition of their outstanding service, over a period of years, in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves.

With more than 16,000 members across the U.S. and the globe, AILA has a reach and breadth of knowledge of immigration law that is unparalleled. Robert Cohen and Leslie Holman are two AILA members who have given countless hours of service to the organization. Mr. Cohen and Ms. Holman are legendary among AILA members and volunteers for being engaged and interested in opportunities to educate and inform the community. If you have a question, any question, that they can offer insights on, they are there to answer it. Regardless of how busy their schedules are, they will find the time to be the resource you need, point you in the right direction, and make you smile while doing so. They both care deeply about their AILA colleagues as people, and after an interaction with them, one is guaranteed to be in a better frame of mind, ready to face whatever challenges arise.

Robert H. Cohen’s primary area of practice is immigration and nationality law. He has extensive experience in all aspects of business and family immigration procedures. He has served as Ohio AILA chapter chair and is also a past chair of the USCIS Benefits Committee, the Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee and the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council. He has also served as a board member of the Community Refugee & Immigration Services and the Columbus Jewish Historical Society.

Leslie A. Holman served as the President of AILA from 2014 to 2015 and remains a member of its Board of Governors. Leslie has also served as the Vice Chair of AILA’s National CBP Committee, Chair of its Admissions and Border Enforcement Committee, and is a member of its Business Steering Committee. She also serves as the local port liaison for AILA’s New England Chapter. Beyond the immigration law world, she also was appointed to and a member of the Vermont Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights from 2008-2020.