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January-February 2013

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EDUCATION AILA���S ANNUAL CONFERENCE: LEARNING, NETWORKING, AND EXPLORING by Gayle Oshrin A ILA���s annual conference (AC) draws approximately 3,000 people from around the world for four days of education, networking, and fun. Whatever your interests or educational needs, there is a track to fulfill it, so if you only attend one educational event this year, make sure it is AC. gration law, removal defense, and law practice management. Sessions led by seasoned attorneys in immigration law, along with government speakers, will cover the latest news and hot topics. And if you���re a newer practitioner, the fundamentals track offers a nuts-and-bolts overview of the entire practice area. Networking But remember to step outside the ���classroom��� to mingle with fellow attorneys before, in between, and after the sessions. Use the networking opportunities to share dilemmas and feedback with each other. These interactions may pay off down the road when you receive client referrals, as well as information for procedures in different jurisdictions or practice areas. And personal connections developed at AC can last a lifetime. Learning Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from more than 100 sessions in business and family immi- AILA Is Your Portal to Distance Learning: Get Those Last-Minute CLE Credits by Dan Berger A ILA���s podcasts, audio seminars, and web seminars are comparatively affordable and offer valuable information to the practitioner. 18 V OICE Podcasts Much like a radio show, the podcasts are billed as informational and informal, and sound more like a conversation than a presentation. Some even offer CLE credit. Usually about 20 to 30 minutes long, new ones are released on the first Friday of each month. Don��� In February, the third installment of the ���What���s Best and What���s Next?��� series, focusing on best practices and new developments at the U.S. Department of State, will become available (the first two were on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) International Operations and then U.S. Customs and Border Patrol). In addition to the regular monthly podcasts, AILA���s Ethics Committee and Practice

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