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AILA Presents Robert Juceam with the Founders Award

6/9/21 AILA Doc. No. 21060935.
George Tzamaras
Belle Woods

Washington, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Robert Juceam, of New York, NY, with the Founders Award, which is given from time to time to the person or entity having the most substantial impact on the field of immigration law or policy.

Mr. Juceam, Of Counsel to Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, is an integral member of the firm's New York office. He joined the firm in 1966, became a partner in 1974 and Of Counsel to the firm in 2006.

Immigration and pro bono service are his passions. He joined AILA in 1968, served in various offices at the chapter and national levels, and eventually became AILA President. His vision played an integral role in AILA National's growth and prominence; he himself repeatedly testified before Congress on the bills leading to the 1986 Simpson Mazzoli Act, notably opposing employer sanctions and critiquing the implementing regulations and the failure of Qualified Designated Entities properly to represent the needs of the immigrant poor.

As noted in his recognition in 2013 for the AILA Quarles award for excellence, “It is, in fact, impossible to quantify the impact that Mr. Juceam has had on AILA as an organization but it is safe to say AILA would not be what it is today without his efforts and continued commitment to the organization and its work. Although not an immigration lawyer per se, his vision has been key in the development of AILA as the premier association for immigration attorneys.”

Mr. Juceam received his JD in 1972 and his LLB in 1964, from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He received his LLM from New York University School of Law in 1966, and his AB, cum laude, from Columbia University College in 1961.

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.