and Special Events

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New events and updates
may be added at any time leading up to the conference.

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Five Tracks Covering the Complexities of 2023's Immigration Landscape

  • Fundamentals

  • Family and Humanitarian

  • Business

  • Litigation and Removal

  • Special Sessions

Fundamentals sessions include:

  • Understanding the Agencies Involved and Core Concepts
  • Family-Based Immigration 
  • Employment-Based Immigration
  • Humanitarian
  • Removal and Detention

Family and Humanitarian sessions include:

  • Confronting Extraordinary Conditions: Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and Venezuela 
  • The Council Presents Immigration Policies Impacting Asylum & Southern Border in the Biden Era 
  • NVC and DOS Consular Processing for Family 
  • Ethically Building and Keeping a Book of Clients: Laying the Framework with Family-Based Clients 

Business sessions include:

  • Mastering the Complexities of PERM
  • Hot Topics in Compliance, Including Form I-9  
  • Remote and Hybrid Workforce Issues and Trends 
  • Tricky Turns for TNs 

Litigation and Removal sessions include:

  • Your Client’s Greatest Weapon: The Use of Storytelling in Immigration Court 
  • The Changing Face of Immigrant Rights Litigation Post Aleman Gonzales 
  • The Kids Are Not Alright: Ethically Representing Children in Removal Proceedings (Ethics) 
  • COVID Killed the In-Person Trial Star: Telephonic and Televideo Hearings 

Special Sessions include:

  • Open Forums
  • Knock, Knock: When Law Enforcement Visits Immigrants 
  • Cultural Competency to Eliminate Bias (Bias CLE) 
  • Workshop: Deep Dive into Responding to L-1 RFEs 
  • Managing Burnout in a Post-COVID World 

Introducing Our Keynote Speaker

Ed Walters-01AILA is excited to invite you to explore the future of technology in immigration practice with Ed Walters, who will deliver the keynote address at AC23. Ed is the Chief Strategy Officer of vLex and the founder of Fastcase, a legal publishing company based in Washington, D.C. Fastcase and vLex merged in April 2023 to form one of the world’s fastest-growing legal publishers. Its global law library serves more than 3 million subscribers and includes the law of more than 100 countries in a single platform.

Ed is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and Cornell Law School/Cornell Tech, where he teaches The Law of Robots. He is the author and editor of Data-Driven Law (Taylor & Francis 2018) and a contributing author to Legal Informatics (Cambridge University Press 2021). 


Special Events Not to Miss

See more in our Attendee Announcements page.

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Opening Happy Hour

Taking place in the Annual Conference Exhibit Hall, the Opening Happy Hour will take place on Wednesday, June 21, from 6:00–8:00 pm. Drink tickets will be provided by the sponsors of the event: Cerenade, Docketwise, MobSquad, Morningside Evaluations, AILA Malpractice Insurance Program, Carnegie Evaluations, Visa Business Plans, Capital Good Fund, Equifax, Filevine, Golden Gate Global, Joorney Business Plans, LawPay, Law Firm Sites, LAWCLERK, Virtual Latinos, USADWEB, Laborless, Southeast Regional Center, Visas.AI, Gateway Medical, Cedars Lodge and Spa EB5 Funding, Global Shield Insurance, and AILA Central!

Throughout the Annual Conference, stop by the Exhibit Hall to enjoy breakfast and lunch with exhibitors, update your professional headshot, and participate in AILA trainings and programs.

Admission for this event is free for Annual Conference attendees.

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2023 Immigration Impact Awards

Be a part of an exciting night filled with immigration heroes, old friends and new, and celebrating our creative writing contest winner.

After days packed with information and education during the Annual Conference, you can wind down, dress up, and enjoy yourself with friends and colleagues at this inspiring celebration.

Date: Friday, June 23, 2023
Time6:00 PM ET – 10:00 pm ET Location: Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Purchase your ticket when you register for the Annual Conference. Sponsor packages with unique branding opportunities are available here. Please contact Laura Jennings for more information. 


AILA Saturday Night Party — Bring a Guest!


This year’s conference will conclude with a lively celebration on Saturday, June 24, starting at 8:00 pm at the House of Blues in Disney Springs. Join us for an evening of food, drinks, music and more! Shuttles will be provided from the Gaylord Palms and conference Disney Resort hotels.


  • 6 pm–Midnight: Shuttles between all AILA hotels and Disney Springs. Enjoy time on your own at Disney Springs before the AILA event.
  • 8 pm:  AILA Saturday Night Party at the House of Blues Starts with Dinner Buffet (while supplies last)
  • 8:30 pm-9:30 pm – Motown Madness Band: Go back to the good old days, enjoy an incredible evening of high-energy, interactive entertainment provided by the most talented impersonators in the world (Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, and The Blues Brothers), performing with a soulful Motown band.
  • 9:30 pm-11 pm – DJ and Dancing

Admission to this event is free for Annual Conference attendees. If you are bringing a guest, please purchase their ticket with your AC23 registration.

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AILA's 12th Annual Conference Pro Bono Clinic

This year at the Annual Conference, AILA is partnering with Mi Familia Vota and SEIU to provide both in-person AND remote naturalization events for immigrants in the Orlando area and for union workers across the country. Each organization has a queue of lawful permanent residents eager receive the assistance of an immigration attorney in reviewing their naturalization applications.

The Annual Conference IN-PERSON event will be held in collaboration with Mi Familia Vota and the AILA Central Florida Chapter on Saturday, June 24, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (ET). The event will include the review of naturalization applications and will serve the Orlando immigrant community. The goal is to assist 50 lawful permanent residents. Mi Familia Vota will offer training and seeks 25-30 volunteer attorneys, with approximately two consultations per attorney. Volunteers should bring a laptop. Spanish language skills are a plus.

The Annual Conference REMOTE event will be held in collaboration with SEIU on Saturday, June 24, from 12:00 to 5:00 pm (ET), with time slots available from 12:00-1:30 pm ET, 1:30-3:00 pm ET, and 3:00 -5:00 pm ET. . This event seeks approximately 30 volunteer attorneys, with approximately 2-3 application reviews per attorneys during their time slot. Spanish language skills are a plus.


The 2nd Annual Superheroes 5K Run for Justice

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. 

Race Sponsorship Information

  • ONE TITLE SPONSOR Sponsorship at $7,500: Branded Race Bibs & Race T-shirts with your Firm Name & Logo, Social Media Recognition, Race Recognition, and Race Registrations (valued at $25.00 / each) (unlimited race registrations for participants from your law firm).
  • Platinum SuperHero Sponsorship at $2,500: Race T-shirts with your Firm Name & Logo, Social Media Recognition, Race Recognition, and 4 Race Registrations (valued @ $25.00 / each).
  • Gold SuperHero Sponsorship at $1000.00: Race T-shirts with your Firm Name & Logo, Social Media Recognition, Race Recognition, and 2 Race Registrations (valued at $25.00 / each).
  • Silver SuperHero Sponsorship at $500.00: Race T-shirts with your Firm Name, Social Media Recognition, Race Recognition, and 2 Race Registrations (valued at $25.00 / each).
  • Supporting SuperHero Sponsorship at $250: Social Media Recognition, Race Recognition, and 1 Race Registrations (valued at $25.00).

Send your FIRM NAME with LOGO to and by May 20, 2023 for the race t-shirts.



*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.


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2023 AILA Paralegals Conference & Webcast 

June 19–20, 2023 
Orlando, FL • Disney’s Contemporary Resort 

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2023 AILA/GMS Annual Global Migration Forum

June 19–20, 2023
Orlando, FL Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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Making Associates the Leaders of Tomorrow: An AILA Management Workshop

June 19–20, 2023 
Orlando, FL • Disney’s Contemporary Resort

  • Intensive and interactive small-group learning experience
  • Actionable insights on marketing, finance, operations, and leadership
  • Fundamentals of leadership
  • Dealing with distractions, difficult people, and discouraging outcomes