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November 6, 2023– Tour of U.S. Consulate Montevideo (requested).

We are also making reservations for a group dinner Monday evening, When you register, you will be given the option of participating in this dinner.

November 7, 2023 – CLE and cocktail party

A limited hotel room block for LACC has been reserved. Please make your reservations early.

CLE credit is being applied for:

Florida – 2306211N (11 general, 1 technology, 2 ethics)
Texas – 174201048 (9 credits)
California has Reciprocity with Tx. And Fl.

Please note that almost every state has a procedure for obtaining CLE credit for a course approved in another state. We will provide the ethics breakdown to you upon request.

Though we have requested the participation of consular officers in our CLE and a tour of the Consulate, be aware that this is never confirmed by the Department of State (“DOS”) until approximately one or two weeks before the scheduled event. The LACC has no control over Consulate tours or Consulate participation. We are also not able to guarantee the tour due to the fact that Consulate security may cancel the tour in times of security threats. You should receive an email with instructions regarding the tour at least one week before the conference.

Please note that you should familiarize yourself with any travel advisories and exercise due diligence traversing the city.  We have many special events planned.


Tuesday, November 7, 2023

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Plenary Panel

Alexis Axelrad, Esq., 2nd Vice-President, AILA, NY, NY (moderator)
H. Ronald Klasko, Esq., Past-President, AILA, Phil., Pa.
Leslie Holman, Esq., Past-President, AILA, Burlington, Vt.
Kelli Stump, Esq., President-Elect, AILA, Oklahoma City, Ok.

9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

L and Es—Is USCIS/DOS on Life Support?

Ramon Curiel, Esq., San Antonio, Tx. (moderator)
Teri Simmons, Esq., Atlanta, Ga.
Fuji Whittenburg, Esq., Calabasas, Ca.
Consular officer invited)

9:50 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:05 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

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

Susan Fortino, Esq., Chicago, Ill.
Maria Casablanca, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Kari Ann Fonte, Esq., Coral Gables, Fl.
Laura J. Mazel, Esq., San Francisco, Ca.

10:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

H-1B, H-1B1, E-3 and TN: Why, When and Where and Which One?

Leslie Holman, Esq., Past- President, AILA, Burlington, Vt. (moderator)
Jeffrey A. Devore, Esq., Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.
Linda Rose, Esq., Nashville, Tn.
Mercedes Badia-Tavas, Esq., Chicago, Ill.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Tips for Dealing with the Consulates, Seeking Advisory Opinions and dealing with ESTA Issues and Revocation

Amanda Brill, Esq., London, U.K.
Stephen Pattison, Esq., Portsmouth, N.H.
Daniel Parisi, Esq., Brussels, Belgium

1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

O’s and P’s

Don Mooers, Esq., Silver Springs, Md. (moderator)
Maite Hoyos, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Flavia Santos Lloyd, Esq., Irvine, Ca.
Diana Okoeva, Esq., London, U.K.

2:30 p.m. -3:20 p.m.

Challenges to Filing the I-140

Cyrus Mehta, Esq., N.Y., N.Y (moderator)
Eleanor Pelta, Esq., Past-President, AILA, Washington, D.C.
Alexis Axelrad, Esq., NY, NY
Ellen Freeman, Esq., Pittsburgh, Pa.

3:20 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Adjustment: Entering the Maize

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

4:10 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.

Coffee Break

4:25 p.m. -5:15 p.m.

TPS/Humanitarian Parole and Cuban Adjustment: The Nuances

Elina Santana, Esq., Miami, Fl. (moderator)
Mildred Morgado, Esq., Miami, Fl.
Sarah Owings, Esq., Atlanta, Ga.
Antonia Canero, Esq., Miami, Fl.

5:15 p.m – 6:15 p.m.

Talk to the Experts: How To Become a Successful Immigration Lawyer (Ask Your Questions)

Ramon Curiel, Esq.,Esq., Senior Director San Antonio, Tx. (moderator)
Reid Trautz, Esq., Senior Director Practice and Professionalism AILA, Washington, D.C.
Clayton Cartwright, Esq., Columbus, Ga.
David Ware, Esq., Metairie, Louisiana

COCTAIL PARTY sponsored by

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Registration on or before October 1, 2023

Registration $250 for speakers only
Registration $300 for AILA LACC Members only
Registration $395 AILA non-LACC Chapter Members
Registration $495 non-AILA Members

Add $75 for late registrants (anyone registering after October 15, 2023).

Events not included in CLE fee can be registered for at time of online registration
Registration for extra events is only available before October 1, 2023.

Housekeeping issues: Refunds for cancelled registration will be provided, if notice of cancellation is emailed to on or before October 1, 2023. A $50 processing fee will be withheld.

Registration includes: continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, cocktail reception, and conference materials.

Hotel Accommodations

A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the

We encourage you to book early as we have secured a rate well below the rack rate, and our block will go quickly!

To make a hotel reservation contact: and include dates of stay, type of room and cc authorization.

Consulate Tour

We are arranging a tour of the Consulate for Monday, November 6, 2023. An extra $40 will be collected if you will be attending this tour, as we have chartered a bus to the consulate from the hotel. Once a maximum of 40 people have signed up, the tour will be closed. Please note that often times the consulate limits the tour to a set number of people. In this case, we will assign priority based on the order of registration.

Government Officials

We are doing our best to secure the participation of DOS from the American Consulate in Montevideo.


You can make reservations for our group dinner on Monday, November 6, 2023. This dinner will be at a top-rated venue.

Conference Chair

Tammy Fox-Isicoff