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Well-Being and Mindfulness in the Practice of Immigration Law: AILA Texas Conference in Tulum, Mexico — Fall 2022

November 3, 2022 - November 5, 2022

$150.00 – $350.00
aerial view of Hilton resort in Tulum, Mexico
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Well-Being and Mindfulness in the Practice of Immigration Law

Goals for the New Year

Please join us November 3rd to 5th for the AILA TX/NM/OK Chapter’s annual Wellness Conference in Tulum Mexico, an ancient magical town on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan peninsula. Our Chapter’s Fall Conference is geared toward all aspects of well-being and practice management for immigration lawyers. Strategically scheduled at the end of the year, we invite you to come to this idyllic setting, reflect on the past year and your goals for the coming year, and get your CLE! Our faculty of speakers composed of immigration attorneys and wellness professionals will present on a variety of topics: practice management, effective tools for productivity and efficiency in your practice, boundaries, secondary trauma, the nuances of a virtual workforce and outsourcing, how to delegate effectively and most of all how to take care of YOU.

The conference will be held at the beautiful Hilton Tulum. The deadline to book a hotel room has been extended to August 21, 2022! Space at the hotel is limited and demand is high, so please make your arrangements now.  The conference hotel reservations are being handled by Sun Spirit Travel. Please see the hotel booking page for additional details about reserving your accommodations.


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

Note: Cancellations received before October 21st will be refunded in full.



Thursday, November 3rd

5:30pm — 7:30pm Welcome Reception Happy Hour
Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya
AUMA Restaurant

Friday, November 4th

7:30am – 8:15am Taking Care of YOU: Morning Yoga Session

Led by Beatriz Hernandez, Esq., Certified Yoga Instructor
Hilton Stage Beachfront

Get ready for a unique oceanside yoga experience with Beatriz Hernandez, where we will flow to the rhythm of our breath and the ocean.  This class is open to anyone and everyone who is ready to prioritize their well-being.  We will focus on full body activation in every single posture, build flexibility, elongate our bodies, and prepare our mind for the day ahead.  

Location: Tulkal Convention Center1, Ballroom A
9:00am Registration, Breakfast, and Conference Kick-Off

Olsa Alikaj-Cano, Chapter Chair

9:00am – 10:00am Promoting Wellness and Balance with Your Team and in Your Practice (1.0 CLE)

Speaker: Dustin O’Quinn, Esq.

Topics include:

  • Building an infrastructure of wellness into your organizational framework and culture
  • Review of ethical duties to clients: competence, diligence, and communications including fees
  • Common impediments to balancing wellness
  • Best practices for balancing a culture of wellness with ethical duties to our clients
10:00am – 10:15am Well-Being Break, Café
10:15am – 11:45am Mental Health: Centering Your Client, Centering Yourself (1.5 CLE/ethics)

Speakers: Ruth Yanez, MSW, and Vanessa Peake, Esq.

The focus of this session will be the following:

  • Define and understand vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Recognize signs of compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Examine practical measures to reduce negative effects of compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Employ self-care at various levels to prevent burnout from happening
11:45am – 1:30pm Chapter Meeting & Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm Mindfulness: How to Manage Your Reaction to Stress and Anger by Diffusing the Situation and Making Peace (1.0 CLE)

Speaker: Lynn Calder, Esq.


  • Diffusing anger in others 
  • Diffusing our own anger and stress – getting to THRIVE 
  • The importance of self-awareness to act from choice rather than habit 
  • Changing “auto pilot” thinking through mindfulness 
  • Changing our brain pathways with compassion, gratitude, empathy 
  • Helpful mindfulness practices to use everyday
2:30pm – 3:30pm What Is Your Body Telling You? How To Listen and Be a Better Lawyer (1.25 CLE/ethics)

Speakers: Erika Beetcher, CNP, DNP, MS, and Beatriz Hernandez, Esq.


  • Tests and labs we should be seeking for our overall well-being from our primary care providers and why
  • How to interpret and act on measurements of health for us and our loved ones
  • When to screen for certain conditions and the best plan for seeking the appropriate health care provider
3:30pm – 3:45pm Well-Being Break, Café and Snacks
3:45pm – 5:15pm Feeding Yourself for Wellness: Choosing a Nutritional Path (1.5 CLE/ethics)

Speakers: Beatriz Hernandez, Esq., Erika Beetcher, CNP, DNP, MS, and Anuj Shah, Esq.


  • Shifting our perspective on self-care to improve our quality of life, one healthy habit at a time
  • Tips on how to incorporate movement into our busy schedules, to promote longevity and overall health
  • Movement as medicine and food as fuel: a deep dive into plant-based eating with a focus on its energetic components, frequency of our food choices and the emotional and spiritual dimensions present in our meals
  • How to fuel our bodies to achieve our ultimate potential
Conference De-stress: Informal Meet Up at Hilton Tulum Bar

Saturday, November 5th

7:30am – 8:15am Taking Care of YOU: Morning Yoga Session

Led by Beatriz Hernandez,Esq., Certified Yoga Instructor
Hilton Stage Beachfront

Get ready for part II of Beatriz Hernandez’s oceanside yoga experience and leave rejuvenated and inspired to continue your yoga journey.

Location: Tulkal Convention Center1, Ballroom A
8:00am – 9:30am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:00am Practice Management: Principles of Delegation (1.0 CLE)

Speaker: Ruby Powers, Esq.


  • What holds you back from delegation? 
  • Technology tools to help keep your business organized 
  • Analyze what can be delegated and to whom it should be delegated
  • Automation and communication
  • How to delegate to enhance your productivity
10:00am – 11:00am The Path Out of the Wood: Outsourcing for Inner Peace (1.0 CLE)

Speaker: Griselda Ponce, Esq.
Moderator: Rebecca Kitson, Esq., Chapter Immediate Past Chair


  • What to outsource and why
  • Choosing the right source to outsource
  • Avoiding pitfalls: quality control and adequate systems
11:00am – 11:15am Well-Being Break, Café and Snacks
11:15am – 12:15pm Productivity: Take Control of Your Time by Calendaring (1.0 CLE/ethics)

Speaker: Laura Kelley, Esq. Certified Life Coach, "The Joyful Attorney" & Immigration Attorney


  • Understand and reduce decision fatigue
  • Use pre-frontal cortex to plan in advance
  • Schedule tasks on calendar
  • Communicate boundaries effectively
12:15pm – 12:30pm Closing Meditation

Led by Laura Kelley, Esq. Certified Life Coach, "The Joyful Attorney" & Immigration Attorney

12:30pm Conference Adjourns

1 Your registration includes breakfast both days, Happy Hour Thursday November 3rd, Lunch Friday November 4th and drinks, coffee and snacks during well-being break.


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November 3, 2022
November 5, 2022
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