2018 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law: Building Bridges and Standing for Justice

June 13, 2018

Hilton and Parc 55 Union Square Hotels San Francisco, CA

Wiggin and Dana Partner Najia Khalid, a business immigration attorney and Founder/Co-Chair of the AILA-Connecticut Chapter's Business/Corporate Immigration Committee, was invited to speak on a panel at the 2018 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law: Building Bridges and Standing for Justice. The conference was held June 13-16, 2018 at the Hilton and Parc 55 hotels in Union Square, San Francisco.

Najia presented a primer as part of the conference's business track on how to read, navigate, and evaluate financial documents. These records are critical to various employment-based immigration cases. She focused on how to develop good business plans, a cornerstone for many employment-based visas, and highlighted sources of funds and financing documents. These are all areas on which Najia regularly counsels her clients, in particular entrepreneurs and multinational organizations aspiring to open new business entities in the U.S. Najia also participated in several conference activities.

AILA, founded on October 14, 1946, is a voluntary bar association of over 15,000 world-wide attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that provides continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 38 chapters and over 50 national committees. Its national headquarters are in Washington, D.C.

AILA's annual conference attracts thousands of attendees and includes over 150 sessions and events with substantive panels on topic tracks including business, family, litigation, law practice management, and fundaments. Given that the first year of the Trump administration brought about unprecedented changes and immense challenges, the 2018 AILA conference aimed to serve as a fount of knowledge, strategic advice, and support for immigrant and civil rights advocates.