Getting to Know Your FBA: The Immigration Law Section

Getting to Know Your FBA

The Immigration Law Section
Hon. Robin E. Feder, Chair, Immigration Law Section



The Immigration Law Section, like every other Section, Division and Chapter of the FBA, works to strengthen the federal legal system and the administration of justice by serving the interests and needs of the federal practitioner and by offering educational, leadership and networking opportunities to its members. In addition to increasing numbers of law students, our broad-based membership includes leaders in the field, government attorneys and judges, nonprofit attorneys and attorneys in private practice and in academia. From Alaska to Florida and New England to the Southwest, our members also cover the nation.

The Immigration Law Section is growing and prospering. During the past year, our membership increased more than 25% (FBA National’s benchmark measure for Sections, Divisions and Chapters is 3% growth per year). Many of our new members are law students like yourselves. Our nascent Law Student Committee, run by law students, and supervised by Harvard Law professor Deborah Anker and State Department Attorney Claire Kelly, is hoping to put on its first event later this fall.

Our programs include a two-day Immigration Law Conference, traditionally held in Memphis; a day-long Symposium at American University, in Washington, D.C.; a Global Citizenship Conference (on hiatus for 2015) and monthly Leadership Luncheons in Washington, D.C. This year, we also held or supported a Border Law Conference (El Paso), and new CLE programs in New York, Boston, Chicago and New Jersey.

The Green Card, our award-winning newsletter, is published quarterly and, like The Federal Lawyer issue devoted to immigration law, presents writing opportunities for our members. In addition to our Publications, Programs (CLE), Law Student and Social Media Committees, we now have committees devoted to awards, budget, bylaws, diversity, government relations, membership and sustaining membership, pro bono representation, and younger lawyers. Our Substantive Law Committee acts as a resource for those in need of a speaker or an author.

The Chapter/Section Liaison Committee is devoted to partnering with every FBA Chapter that wishes to start immigration law programming. The Chapter/Section Liaison Committee also handles the ILS Chapter and Section Activity Fund. This year, we provided financial support to the Border Law Conference in El Paso, the New Jersey Chapter’s immigration CLE, and the Immigration Law Section’s Younger Lawyers Division Happy Hour at our 2015 Annual Conference in Memphis.

We are fortunate to have an engaged and passionate Board. Every Officer and Board member is on at least one, and often more than one, Committee. Our Committee Chairs are ILS members who expressed an interest in the business of our Section, and welcomed the opportunity to assume a leadership position. Their enthusiasm for the Section is contagious; their creativity endless. We hope you will join us; we will welcome you and look forward to working with you.

Hon. Robin E. Feder writes in her personal capacity as Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Federal Bar Association and the views she expresses are her own and not those of the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

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