Righting The Ship – The Path Forward

December 2 & 3, 2021

We will be hosting a welcome dinner at a beautiful Santa Fe restaurant on December 2, 2021.

When you register, you will be given the option of participating in this dinner. There will also be a cocktail party on December 3, 2021, following the CLE.

December 3, 2021– CLE

A limited hotel room block at the beautiful La Posada de Santa Fe for LACC has been reserved. Please make your reservations early.
Registration is limited to the first 100 registrant!
Please note that this is the start of the ski season in Santa Fe
There is skiing in Santa Fe and nearby Taos. You should familiarize yourself with any travel advisories and exercise due diligence traversing the city.

CLE credit is being applied for the following jurisdictions:

Florida – 8.5 Immigration, 1.5 Ethics, 1.0 Technology 2104559N
Texas – 8.25 including 1.25 of ethics 174124898
California – CLE reciprocity with Texas and Florida
All states have a process for getting credit for a course approved in another state. Please look at your state’s process.

LACC thanks our sponsors!

LCR Capital Partners

Friday, December 3, 2021

8:00a.m. – 8:30a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30a.m. – 8:45a.m.

Introductory Remarks and State of the Chapter

Chair LACC Chapter, Leigh Ganchan, Esq., Houston, Tx.

8:45a.m. – 10:00a.m.

Hot Topics - Including Conference Participant Interactive Session on Consulate Adjudication Trends and Alerts+

Marketa Lindt, Esq., Past-President AILA, Chicago, Ill. (moderator)
Alexis Axelrad, Esq., AILA Secretary, N.Y., N.Y.
Mike Jarecki, Esq., AILA BOG, Chicago, Ill.
Amanda Brill, Esq., London, U.K.

10:00a.m. – 10:55a.m.

What Are Consular Officers Really Looking For?

Mahsa Khanbabai,Esq., AILA BOG, North Easton, Ma. (moderator)
Chuck Kuck, Esq., Past- President AILA, Atlanta, Ga.
Stephen Pattison, Esq., Portsmouth, N.H.
Liam Schwartz, Esq., Tel Aviv, Israel

10:55a.m. – 11:45a.m.

The Eternal Residence Applicant

Cyrus Mehta, Esq., NY, N.Y. (moderator)
Eleanor Pelta, Esq., AILA Past-President, Washington, D.C.
Greg Siskind, Esq., AILA BOG, Memphis, Tn.
Anis Saleh, Esq., Miami, Fl.

11:50a.m. – 1:20p.m.

Lunch – Litigation that Will Impact your Practice

Jesse Bless, Director of Litigation AILA
Jeff Joseph, Esq., AILA Treasurer, Denver, Co.

1:30p.m. – 2:20p.m.

Common NIV Myths

H. Ronald Klasko, Esq., AILA Past-President, Phil. Pa. (moderator)
Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Esq., AILA BOG (Miami, Fl.)
David Grunblatt, Esq., NY, NY

2:20p.m. – 3:10p.m.

Ls and Es, Lord Help us!

Teri Simmons, Esq., Atlanta, Ga. (moderator)
Ramon Curiel, Esq., San Antonio, Tx.
David Ware, Esq., New Orleans, La.
Sharon Cook, Esq. Atlanta, Ga.

3:10p.m. – 4:10p.m.

Labor Certs, Extraordinary Ability, Nationality Interest: The Path of Least Resistance

Susan MacLean, Esq., Chicago, Ill (moderator)
Linda Rose, Esq., Nashville, Tn.
Marcine Seid, Esq., Palo, Alto, Ca.
Susan Fortino, Esq. Chicago, Ill.

4:10p.m. – 4:25 p.m.

Coffee Break

4:25p.m. – 5:15p.m.

NIV and IV Waivers, Making Your Case

Kelli Stump, Esq., Oklahoma City, Ok. (moderator)
Lynn Lee, Esq., Washington, D.C.
John Gihon, Esq., Altamonte Springs, Fl.
Sarah Owings, Esq., Atlanta, Ga.

5:15p.m. – 6:05p.m.

Post-COVID, What we Learned about How We Should Run our Practice

Jeffrey A. Devore, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. (moderator)
Maite Hoyos, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Reid Trautz, Esq., AILA National Office, Washington, D.C.
Marisa Casablanca, Esq., Miami, Fl.


Cocktail Reception Sponsored by Visa Business Plans

Visa Business Plan

Registration for CLE and all events only available online


Registration on or before October 10, 2021

Registration $330 for speakers only
Registration $395 for AILA LACC Members only
Registration $450 AILA non-LACC Chapter Members
Registration $500 non-AILA Members

Add $75 for late registrants (anyone registering after October 10, 2021).

Events not included in CLE fee can be registered for at time of online registration.
Registration for extra events is only available before October 21, 2021.

Housekeeping issues: Refunds for cancelled registration will be provided, if notice of cancellation is emailed to on or before October 10, 2021. A $50 processing fee will be withheld.

It is the start of Ski Season in Santa Fe: You may want to make ski plans in advance
Registration includes: continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, cocktail reception, and conference materials. Separate registration is available for dinner at a wonderful venue in Santa Fe.

Hotel Accommodations

A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the La Posada Hotel in Santa Fe.
We encourage you to book early as we have secured a rate well below the rack rate, and our block will go quickly!


You can make reservations for our group dinner on Thursday, December 2, 2021. This dinner will be at a top-rated venue.

Conference Chair

Tammy Fox-Isicoff