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AILA Releases Fifth Edition of Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court

8/27/20 AILA Doc. No. 20082730.

August 27, 2020

George Tzamaras
Belle Woods

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is proud to release the fifth edition of Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court, authored by Robert Pauw. The book provides both expert guidance and a summary of case law, updated for practitioners defending noncitizens who are subject to removal or who have been denied immigration benefits to which they are entitled.

AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson noted, “Immigrants rightly feel that their situation is more precarious than ever, given the administration’s continued attacks. In this climate, all immigration lawyers need to consider new strategies to ensure that clients receive due process. Federal litigation is a powerful, important way to ensure that the fundamental principles of liberty, fairness, and due process of law are protected and upheld, ensuring that every person is given their fair day in court.”

The new edition is an essential guide for individuals challenging immigration decisions in federal court. Newer practitioners who are filing a lawsuit in federal court for the first time will benefit from an excellent introduction and overview of the major challenges litigators encounter. For more experienced practitioners, the book provides "Quick Cites"- editorially vetted favorable cases (with quotes from the most relevant passages) that the author considers to be particularly useful in brief writing.

Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court, includes advice on:

  • Justiciability Issues
  • Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies
  • Jurisdictional Considerations
  • Due Process in Removal Proceedings
  • Judicial Review
  • APA Jurisdictional Considerations and Lawsuits
  • Constitutional and Statutory Framework as well as Habeas Petitions Relating to Immigration Detention
  • Mandamus Lawsuits
  • Consular Non-reviewability
  • Chevron, Brand X, and Auer Deference
  • Retroactivity
  • FOIA Matters
  • Preparation of the Complaint, Petition for Review, and Motion for Stay
  • Attorneys' Fees and Costs

Robert Pauw is an experienced immigration law litigator and partner in the Seattle law firm of Gibbs Houston Pauw. He has represented plaintiffs in many significant immigration cases and is the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his achievements, including AILA’s Jack Wasserman Award for Excellence in Litigation. Mr. Pauw also served as an adjunct professor of immigration law at Seattle University School of Law for over 25 years.

Those interested in learning more or purchasing Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court can find more information here.

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.