Attendee Announcements  


Celebrate Pride Month and Immigrant Heritage Month at AC23

The Florida AILA Action Coalition is organizing activities in solidarity with Florida communities, including immigrants, the LGBTQI+ population, and other marginalized groups who are under attack.

Show Your Support for Your Florida Colleagues!

  • pinartWear your lapel pin.*
  • Come to the Belonging in Florida panel on Saturday to get a free t-shirt** and support the American Immigration Council.
  • Snap a selfie and post it on social media.*** 

*Pins will be given out at the Plenary
**T-shirts will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.
**The AILA selfie wall is located at AILA Central in the Exhibit Hall. Share your photos and don't forget to include #AILAAC23.

  • Immigrants’ List Civic Action: Combating Anti-immigration State Legislation — What You Can DoWednesday, June 21, 3:30 pm (ET) • Featuring Jeremy Robbins, Ben Johnson, Ira Kurzban, and Denyse Sabagh 
  • Superheroes 5K Run for Justice (presented by the Central Florida Chapter)Friday, June 23, 6:30 am (ET) Benefiting the American Immigration Council and the Orlando Center for Justice Sign up 
  • Immigrants’ List Luncheon Friday, June 23, 12:45 pm (ET) The Immigrants’ List Luncheon will take place on Friday, June 23, from 12:45 pm to 2:30 pm in the Desoto room. They will also hold their annual Maggio Awards during the luncheon, and will honor Governor J.B. Pritzker (Illinois) for his leadership in recognizing the value of immigrants and immigration especially in Florida! Gov. Pritzker has been a real game changer in Illinois. He supported and signed two terrific bills that help immigrants. One made it possible for non-citizens to vacate old convictions. The other barred counties in Illinois from contracting with ICE to detain non-citizens. He had also been granting pardons to non-citizens facing deportation. RSVP today! 
  • Bad State Bills Targeting Immigrants: An Emergency Open Forum for Resistance, Response, and Reporting on the Current State of Florida• Friday, June 23, 4:30 pm (ET)• Featuring Kate Goettel, Sui Chung, Ira Kurzban, and invited speakers from SPLC and ACLU, and featuring special guest Governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker
  • Belonging in Florida: Communities in ActionSaturday, June 24, 9:00 am (ET) • Featuring invited speakers and representatives from HOPE, NOW, FLIC, NAACP, ADL, AAPI, and FANM
  • AILA’s 12th Annual Conference Pro Bono ClinicSaturday, June 24, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (ET) In collaboration with Mi Familia Vota, SEIU, and the AILA Central Florida Chapter Learn more 




Download the AC23 App Today

Users should download the AC23 App by searching for the app name "AC23 App" on their device’s app store or using the links below. You will be able to log in to the app using your email address. 

We recommend that ALL attendees download and use the AC23 App. It will provide you with the latest information and notify you of any last-minute changes happening at AC23.




Calling All AILA and AC23 Newbies! 

Navigator Meet-Up: New to AILA's Annual Conference? Stop by the Navigator Meet-Up on Wednesday, June 21 at 4:00 pm in the Miami meeting room, Convention Center Ballroom Level 2. Get tips on how to navigate the conference from seasoned pros! Learn more about the Conference Navigator program. 

NMD and Law Student Reception: After the Navigator Meet-Up, join us from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Exhibit Hall for a special New Member Division and Law Student reception (with drinks, prizes, and a chance to meet AILA leadership). Special thanks to the sponsors of the new member and student reception: American Immigration Council, AILA Canada Chapter, AILA New England Chapter, AILA New Jersey Chapter, AILA New York Chapter, AILA Rome District Chapter, and AILA Southern California Chapter.  


Kick Things Off at the Opening Happy Hour 

On Wednesday, June 21, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, come to AC23’s opening happy hour in the Exhibit Hall. Event sponsors will be providing free drink tickets! 




I Spy the AC23 Scavenger Hunt 

Look for QR codes around the Annual Conference. Scan as many as you can in the AC App to enter to win a free registration to AC24 in Chicago, IL, June 12-15, 2024! Winners will be announced Saturday, June 24 at 3:00 pm. 




Help Us Improve the Search 

AILA continues to improve’s search functionality so you can find what you’re looking for more quickly and efficiently. Stop by AILA Central in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, June 21, between 4:30 pm and 8:00 pm or Thursday, June 22, between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon to learn more. 




Ask the Experts

If there are practice-related questions that have you stumped, take advantage of this annual opportunity to Ask the Experts! AILA authors, who literally wrote the books in their respective practice areas, will be answering questions in the attendee lounge in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday and Friday during lunch and networking breaks. Stay tuned for more details and watch the AC App for the latest information.


Meet the Office of the Detention Ombudsman 

Congress created the Office of the Detention Ombudsman to provide remedial relief to many of the common issues faced by immigrant detainees, from lack of medical care to lack of access to counsel. Hear directly from this new office’s team during the Office of the Detention Ombudsman Open Forum, taking place on Thursday, June 22, from 7:00 to 8:00 am (ET) in the Osceola Ballroom. 




Learn How You Can Impact Policies and Find Resolutions for Your Cases 

Learn how AILA utilizes high-impact trends to propel our policy and advocacy priorities forward, the status of current agency liaison work, strategies for resolving complex case problems, and more by attending the High-Impact Trends and Case Resolution Strategies Training on Thursday, June 22, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am (ET) in Sanibel 2-3, Convention Center Ballroom Level 2.





Celebrate Pro Bono in the Pro Bono Hospitality Suite 

Raise a glass to celebrate the pro bono accomplishments of AILA colleagues at the Pro Bono Hospitality Suite. The event will be held Thursday, June 22, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Suwanee 3-4, Convention Center Mezzanine Level.


Mingle, Celebrate Immigrants, and Support the Council  

Get dressed up and spend the evening with your friends at the American Immigration Council's Immigration Impact Awards on Friday, June 23, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Tickets to this event include a Mingle and Mix Reception, the Awards, an open bar, and a banquet dinner.  Purchase your tickets today! 




Lace Up Your Running Shoe for a Good Cause    

Organized by the AILA Central Florida Chapter,* the 2nd Annual Superheroes 5K Run for Justice will take place at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center on Friday, June 23, at 6:30 am. Lace up your running shoes and be part of this event, which will benefit the American Immigration Council and the Orlando Center for Justice. Sign up!  

*The chapter and affiliate events are listed as a courtesy to AILA conference attendees and the chapters and affiliates hosting those events. AILA has no responsibility for the organization or management of those events, including but not limited to health and safety protocols related to COVID-19. Anyone attending a chapter or affiliate event assumes all risks arising from such attendance. Please contact the chapter or affiliate for more information about their events.  


How to Take Care of Your Brain   

Explore how you can protect and strengthen your brain during this session on Saturday from 7:30 to 8:30 am. Panelists will discuss a variety of things we can do to keep our brains healthy, including mental acuity exercises, boosting your brain and memory through diet, restorative activities, and more. They will also share how we can incorporate these steps into our busy routines.  




Help Out a Member of the Military and their Family    

Guide a service member seeking immigration help and unite military families by volunteering with AILA’s Military Assistance Program (MAP). Sign up for a pro bono case between now and June 15 and you could win two Disney World Magic Kingdom tickets!   




Stop by the AC23 Exhibit Hall 

Throughout the conference, you can come to the Exhibit Hall to enjoy breakfast and lunch with exhibitors, update your professional headshot, and participate in AILA trainings and programs. Make sure you block off time to visit the vendors who offer products and services that will help you elevate your career. Keep an eye out for free drinks and refreshments as well as giveaways and swag from exhibitors like AC23 Diamond Sponsor Cerenade, Stafi, My Classified Ads, Silvergate Evaluations, FIS, Visa Business Plans, Immigration Psychology, Joorney Business Plans, Imagility, Motaword, Clio, Camplegal, Law Firm Sites, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, BilingüeLaw, the EB-5 Affiliate Network, LollyLaw, and DraftyAI. 

Exhibit Hall hours are: 

  • Wednesday, June 21, 4:30–8:00 pm 
  • Thursday, June 22, 7:00 am–4:15 pm 
  • Friday, June 23, 7:00 am–6:00 pm 
  • Saturday, June 24, 7:00 am–3:30 pm 

Don't forget about the Opening Happy Hour! Come to the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, June 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm as we welcome attendees to the conference. Event sponsors will provide drink tickets. 




Learn More about AILALink 

Stop by the AILA Central booth to learn more about AILALink, your online source for a whole library of immigration law reference books plus much more! There will also be three AILALink training sessions offered at the conference, all in Suwanee 3–4, Mezzanine Level: Wednesday, June 21, 5:00–6:00 pm; Thursday, June 22, 10:00–11:00 am; and Friday, June 23: 9:00 am–10:00 am. Did we mention attendees can save on AILALink subscriptions? Come to the AILA Central booth or an AILALink training to find out how. 


Save on Books, Toolboxes, and Online Courses from AILA

AC23 attendees will also have access to special discounts on AILA publications and online courses. The AILA Central Booth is where you can learn about the many resources that AILA's Publications and Professional Development Programs offer, and find out how you can save. 

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