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NAVIGATE RESOURCES: InfoNet aila.org Find a Member Stock receives the Joint Forces Commendation Medal from Navy Captain Ann Kubera. Stock got this award for educating the U.S. Special Operations Command about immigration law. are inundated with complex immigration legal questions, they often need the assistance of seasoned immigration attorneys. MAP brings these Contact a Mentor Shop Agora GET HER BOOK! cArthur Fellowship 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 Purchase > 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 VOICE. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MACARTHUR FOUNDATION Table of Contents two groups together to form a truly dynamic and effective partnership. For more information, contact Michelle Singleton. S EPTEMBER/ O CTOBER 2013 45

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