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Leaders from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (the immigration bar) founded the American Immigration Council in 1987 to serve as a nonprofit partner. Hear from our visionary founders and today’s leaders about how the Council has advanced immigration justice over the past 30 years.

What it means to lead today

beth Werlin

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Beth Werlin, executive director of the American Immigration Council, discusses what it means to lead in uncertain times and the role teams and partnerships play in building great leaders.

Allen Orr

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Beth Werlin sits down with Allen Orr Jr. as he prepares to lead the American Immigration Lawyers Association as President for 2021/22. Allen talks about his journey to the top of AILA and the kind of leadership style he plans to implement.

How to emerge as a leader

About the Emerging leaders Roundtable

We continue our conversation with some of the American Immigration Council founders as they share insights on balancing non-profit work with life’s demands, emerging as leaders, and what they are most proud of at the Council.
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How the council Began

Robert E. Juceam

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Robert E. Juceam is of counsel to the Firm, resident in Fried Frank’s New York office, which he joined in 1966. Mr. Juceam has received numerous awards for his dedication to immigration reform in the United States. He is one of the Founders of what we know today as the American Immigration Council. Listen to his story of how and why the Council was formed and where he hopes emerging leaders will take it tomorrow.


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Warren R. Leiden is a Partner Emeritus with Berry Appleman and Leiden LLP and was managing partner from 1996 to 2013. He served as the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Washington Representative from 1982 until 1996. During his tenure he was also Executive Director of AILA and a founder of the American Immigration Council. Find out why Warren is so proud of the Council and the new horizons we are reaching today.

Paul Zulkie

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Paul Zulkie is the Managing Partner of Zulkie Partners LLC. From 2004-2005, Mr. Zulkie served as President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). From 2005 to 2020, Paul served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Immigration Council. Hear Paul’s story of leading the development of the Council and his views on finding great leaders.