January-February 2013

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WHAT THE AILA AMICUS COMMITTEE CAN DO FOR YOU by Sheeba Raj S ometimes, we could use a little help from our friends. And the AILA Amicus Committee has served as a ���friend��� to fellow AILA members, as well as decision-making bodies, by submitting supplemental briefs addressing thorny legal issues. ���We go in. We take a complex issue. We try to get to the heart of it in a way that advances jurisprudence on behalf of immigrants,��� said Deborah S. Smith, chair of the committee. ���That���s what we try to do in all of our briefs.��� Smith commented that the committee simply addresses questions of law, not the merits of a particular case. DIVE IN, GET INVOLVED! AILA has more than 50 liaison committees committed to serving the needs of its members���from grassroots advocacy efforts and public outreach programs to writing articles for AILA publications and speaking at conferences and events. More than 300 members are appointed annually. Chapters also provide opportunities for involvement at the local level. 8 V OICE A Message from T. Douglas Stump, AILA President-Elect I invite all AILA members to volunteer to serve on a 2013���14 national committee by accessing AILA���s new online volunteer portal and telling us about your volunteer preferences and activities. To be considered for a national committee, select ���National Committee Member,��� in response to the first question and choose your top three committee interests. Our goal is to put together a team of talented and hardworking members to lead our national committee efforts in the coming year.

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