the Joint Forces
Medal from Navy
got this award for
educating the U.S.
are inundated with complex
immigration legal questions,
they often need the assistance
of seasoned immigration
attorneys. MAP brings these
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military personnel, family members, veterans, and
other people who had immigration problems that were
related to the military," Stock explained. "And I was getting so many calls that I couldn't handle all the calls,
and in the interest of reducing my workload, I called
[then-president] Chuck Kuck at AILA [in 2007]." Stock
proposed that AILA start a pro bono program for AILA
members to volunteer to work on military-related immigration matters. And in 2008, MAP was launched.
During the first year or so of the program, Stock
would screen phone calls and e-mails from people requesting help. She also recruited attorneys to handle
these cases. Eventually, the intake process became for-
Immigration Law & the Military
malized. Potential clients and volunteer attorneys can
now visit MAP's website to learn more about the services, such as representing service members or mentoring a Judge Advocate General facing complex immigration issues. Volunteers also can tap into a listserve
devoted to military-related immigration questions.
The answers given by Stock to the myriad questions
she has received over the years were finally memorialized in Stock's book, Immigration Law & the Military,
published by AILA in 2012.
Since the MAP program's inception, a roster of
355 AILA members has helped more than 600 service members. "I've gotten to know a lot of my fellow AILA members who are AILA MAP volunteers,"
Stock said. "It has been tremendously rewarding to
work with them. And I feel, in large part, a lot of them
are responsible for the fact that I'm being recognized
by the MacArthur Foundation."
Stock hasn't yet decided how she'll use the $625,000
MacArthur grant, which she will receive in quarterly
payments starting next year.
Sheeba Raj is a legal editor for AILA and reporter for
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