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AILA Texas 2024 Spring Conference in Mexico City

April 3 - April 5

$200.00 – $475.00
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April 3-5, 2024
Hilton Mexico City Reforma

Join the Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma Chapter for our Spring Conference 2024 in Mexico City, Mexico!

Learn up-to-date strategies and come together with colleagues for our advanced, dual track (family/litigation and business) conference. Panels will include the finest immigration experts, speakers from the United States and Mexico, Government speakers, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) from Mexico. 13 hours of CLE credit.

Our conference will be held April 3rd through April 5th at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma. Discounted hotel bookings will be available through Saturday, April 6, so that attendees can tour and take in the city over the weekend.

Click here to make your hotel reservation.

Our conference site is on Paseo de la Reforma, a famous avenue that runs diagonally across the heart of Mexico City. Paseo de la Reforma is a thoroughfare where you will find historic monuments, the museums of anthropology and modern art, and the Chapultepec Castle.

Mexico City (known as CDMX) is a must-see cultural destination. It is plentiful with restaurants for foodie eats, has beautiful walkable neighborhoods, remarkable museums and art, and is a culmination of all that is splendid in Mexico.

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Conference tickets are available for purchase at the bottom of this page.

Spring 2024 Conference Agenda


Wednesday, April 3rd

Time Track Topic
5:00pm — 7:00pm All Registration – 4th floor
6:00pm — 7:30pm All Bienvenida! – 6th floor terrace

Thursday, April 4th

Time Track Topic
8:00am Registration
8:00am – 9:00am All Breakfast
9:00am All Conference Opening
9:10am – 10:00am Business Taking Avenida de Los Insurgentes, the Longest Road in Mexico City: How to navigate down the road of tricky admission issues

Ramon E. Curiel, Oliva, Saks, Garcia & Curiel, LLP – San Antonio, TX
Kenneth J. Harder, Jackson Lewis P.C. – Houston, TX
Michael P. Nowlan, Clark Hill – Detroit, MI

Family Torre Latinamericana: Elevating Family-Based Immigration, a panoramic view. (family-based immigration and hot topics)

Teresa Coles-Davila, Law Offices of Teresa Coles-Davila & Associates, P.C. – San Antonio, TX
Yohana Saucedo, The Law Offices of Yohana Saucedo, P.C. – Austin, TX
Guillermo M. Hernandez, Rivera Hernandez Campos, PLLC – San Antonio, TX

10:00am – 10:50am Business National Museum of Anthropology: Discovering the Key Artifact in your E Visa to a successful application

Silvia Graves, Graves & Graves, P.C. – Houston, TX
Frances Hayden, Hayden Law – Los Angeles, CA and Mexico City, Mexico

Family Torre Reforma: Asylum Advocacy: Building Strong Cases

Joss Bravo-Bonetti, Bravo-Bonetti Legal – Austin, TX
Jennifer Walker-Gates, JLW Immigration Law Group – Austin, TX
Ruby Powers, Powers Law Group – Houston, TX

10:50pm – 11:40am Business Plaza de las Tres Culturas: Square of the Big Three USMCA Panel: US, Canada & Mexico

Sergio R. Karas, Karas Immigration Law – Toronto, Canada
James Prappas, Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC – Houston, TX
Enrique I. Urbina Bado, Urbina & Urbina – Mexico City, Mexico

Family Palacio de Correos: "Gateway to Freedom: Litigation Updates on Cuban Adjustment Act Parole"

Mark Prada, Prada Urizar Dominguez, PLLC – Miami, FL
Anthony Dominguez, Prada Urizar Dominguez, PLLC – Miami, FL
Mario Boisselier, Boisselier Law Group, PLLC – Austin, TX

11:40am Break
12:00pm – 1:00pm All Paseo de la Reforma: "Consular Conversations: Global Insights"
Business Lunch & Consular updates with panel of Consular officersSpeakers:
Consul General Scott Renner, United States Embassy Mexico, CDMX
Jason Mills, Law Office of Jason Mills PLLC – Fort Worth, TX
Kelli Stump, Stump Law – Oklahoma City, OK
Marisol Perez, De Mott, Curtright and Armendariz, LLP – San Antonio, TX
1:00pm – 1:50pm Business Take a stroll on Madero Street: A conversation with NIV Consular Officer CDMX

Beatriz Trillos Ballerini, Trillos-Ballerini Law Firm, P.C. – Houston, TX
Ramon E. Curiel, Oliva, Saks, Garcia & Curiel, LLP – San Antonio, TX
Consular Officers from Mexico City Embassy

Family Castillo de Chapultepec: "Battling Delays in Immigration's Legal Terrain"

Jeremy Robbins, Executive Director, American Immigration Council – Washington, D.C.
Sheridan Green, Sheridan Green Law PLLC – Spring, TX

1:55pm – 2:45pm Business Torre Mayor: H-1B visa the Torre Mayor of Nonimmigrant Visas

Robin Dana O'Donoghue, O'Donoghue Law, LLC – Cambridge, MA
Christine Traversi, Jackson Lewis P.C. – Houston, TX
Lucy G. Cheung, Goldstein and Cheung LLP – New York, NY

Family Casa Azul – Frida Kahlo Museum: "Frida's Framework: Confronting Humanitarian Visa Complexities – Strategies to overcome tricky RFEs and NOIDS for humanitarian visas (VAWAs, Us and Ts)

Rocio S. Becerril, Law Office of RSB Ltd – Warrenville, IL
Rebecca Kitson, Rebecca Kitson Law – Albuquerque, NM
Aimee Maldonado, South Texas College of Law Houston – Houston, TX

2:50pm – 3:40pm Business Angel de la Independencia: Victorious L-1 Applications

Faye M. Kolly, McChesney Kolly, PLLC – Austin, TX
Robert F. Loughren, Foster Global – Austin, TX
Miki Kawashima Matrician, WR Immigration – Boston, MA

Family Templo Mayor: "Decoding Recent Case Law: A Supreme Insight"

Raed Gonzalez, Gonzalez Olivieri, LLC – Houston, TX
Amanda Waterhouse, Waterhouse Dominguez & Strom, PLLC – Houston, TX
Ross Miller, Gonzalez Olivieri, LLC – Houston, TX

3:40pm Break
3:55pm – 4:45pm Business Torre Latinoamericana: A PERM Panorama

Vince W. Lau, Clark Lau, LLC – Boston, MA
Maggie Murphy, Berry Appleman & Leiden – Austin, TX
Dustin O’Quinn, Lane Powell – Seattle, WA

Family Casa de los Azulejos: "Moral Mosaics: Navigating Advanced Ethics in Immigration Law"

Michelle L. Saenz-Rodriguez, Saenz-Rodriguez & Associates, P.C. – Dallas, TX
Jacqueline L. Watson, JLW Immigration Law Group – Austin, TX
Irene G. Mugambi, Law Office of Irene G. Mugambi P.C. – Dallas, TX

5:00pm – 6:30pm Happy Hour

Friday, April 5th

Time Track Topic
8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:00am Business Burning Tenochtitlan: Hot Topics from AILA National

Alexis Axelrad, Barst & Mukamal LLP – New York, NY
Kelli Stump, Stump Law – Oklahoma City, OK
Jacqueline L. Watson, JLW Immigration Law Group – Austin, TX

Family Basilica de Santa María de Guadalupe: "Championing Human Rights: A Sacred Duty"

Tran Dang, The Rhizome Center for Migrants – Houston, TX
Erica Schommer, St. Mary’s School of Law – San Antonio, TX
Rita Robles Benitez
Olga Hernandez Avila

10:00 – 11:00am Business Castillo de Chapultepec: Self Petitioner Path to Permanent EB-5 and Nation Interest Waiver Program

Christian Triantaphyllis, Jackson Walker, LLP – Houston, TX
David Ware, Ware|Immigration – Metairie, LA
Julieta Grinffiel, Corporate Immigration Partners PC – Dallas, TX

Family Palacio de Bellas Artes: "Art of Advocacy: Mastering Removal Proceedings"

Roberto Blum, Law Office of Juan Reyes – Houston, TX
Roberto A. Campos, Rivera Hernandez Campos, PLLC – San Antonio, TX
Olsa Alikaj-Cano, Cano Immigration, PLLC – Houston, TX
Paul Hunker, De Mott, Curtright and Armendariz, LLP – Dallas, TX

11:00am – 12:00pm Business Estela de Luz: Finding Luminosity in Immigration, Tax and Remote Work

Clayton Cartwright, The Cartwright Law Firm, LLC – Columbus, GA
Sujata Ajmera, Clark Hill PLC – Austin, TX
Kathleen Campbell Walker, Dickson Wright PLLC – El Paso, TX

Family Plaza de las Tres Culturas: "The Crimmigration Confluence: Navigating the Nexus"

Stephen O’Connor, O'Connor & Associates, PLLC – Austin, TX
Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Garcia & Block, PLLC – San Antonio, TX
Emma Ibarra-Martinez, Ibarra-Martinez Law PLLC – Houston, TX

12:00pm – 1:30pm Business Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm Joint Family & Business Monumento a Cuauhtémoc: Resistance to Human Trafficking in TN/H-1A Context (Plenary Panel)

Emma D. Wells, Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project – Phoenix, AZ
Ana Aazam, Pace Law Firm – Toroto, Ontario, Canada
Mary Carol Ellison, J.D., U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Embassy – Mexico City, Mexico
Luis Benjamin Lara Escobedo, Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores – Mexico City, Mexico

2:30pm – 3:30pm Business Palacio Nacional: How Mexican Immigration Law can help your forever waiting client

Stefan Jimenez Cortes, Sanchez Devanny – Mexico City, Mexico
Rodrigo Garcia, Fragomen Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V. – Mexico City, Mexico
Alejandro Luna A. Santamarina + Steta – Mexico City, Mexico

Family Federal litigation: Challenging Consular Non-reviewability

Lance Curtright, De Mott, Curtright and Armendariz, LLP – San Antonio, TX
Javier Maldonado, Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, PC – San Antonio, TX
Julia Jagow, Vrapi Weeks – Albuquerque, NM

3:30pm Closing remarks – end of conference


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