Outgoing president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, gives Rational Middle podcast host Melissa Brannan the lowdown on the strategies, challenges, and hopes facing immigration lawyers as a result of the Trump administration in podcast Episode 83: ‘‘Immigration Law in the Shadow of Trump with Jennifer Minear.’’
Jennifer discusses the essential role AILA membership serves to immigration attorneys, the clarity of mission in immigration advocacy during the Trump administration, challenges reversing changes made during the Trump administration, and the uncertainty of how closely the current administration's words on immigration policy will be enacted into policy.
‘‘If you’re an immigration lawyer who focuses on immigration law full-time, you really can’t do your‘ job unless you are a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Immigration is just one of those weird, nichey areas of law that is more gray than black and white and you really need the information and resources that AILA provides as a bar association, to its members, to really fill in all of the missing pieces of immigration law…a lot of it is just lore and what other lawyers have done successfully. Getting to know those other lawyers and being connected to them and the mentoring opportunities and the resources that you get being a member of AILA is really an indispensable part of being an immigration lawyer.’’ - Jennifer Minear
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) 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.