2019 NW Regional Immigration Law Conference: Practicing in Perilous Times

February 14-15, 2019 | Important Note: Earlier Date for 2019

Hosted by Seattle University School of Law in cooperation with the Washington and Oregon state chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


Co-sponsored by the American Immigration Law Association - Washington State and Oregon Chapters

The Conference will offer three distinct tracks with panels tailored for attorneys new to Immigration Law; attorneys practicing primarily Family based immigration and those practicing in the area of Business/Investor based immigration.


WSBA Activity ID # 1097905

  • Family/Removal Track - 15 credits approved: 13.75 Law & Legal and 1.25 ethics
  • Business Track - 15 credits approved: 13.75 Law & Legal and 1.25 ethics
  • Basics Track - 115 credits approved: 13.75 Law & Legal and 1.25 ethics
  • Campus Map


Keynote Luncheons

Thursday, 12:30 p.m. - Honorable Carol King.

Friday, 12:30 p.m. -  Anastasia Tonello, President, American Immigration Lawyers Association.

All registrants are welcome to attend the presentations, with brown bag lunch in hand. For those who have pre-ordered lunch, you will be able to pick those up first and bring it with you to the presentation. More questions?

Awards Reception

Thursday, 5:30-7:00 p.m. - Sullivan Hall, 2nd Floor Gallery - AILA Oregon and Washington Chapters present the annual Pro Bono Awards. This year's reception will include hosted beer, wine, and appetizers. Join us to honor your colleagues for their pro bono contributions to the practice of immigration law!

New Member Happy Hour - Location Announced!

Friday, 5:30-7:00 p.m. -  The Chieftain Bar and Grill - the New Member Chapters of AILA Oregon and AILA Washington will host a closing reception for all registrants. The Chieftain is located across the street from the Seattle University Campus at 908 12th Avenue, Seattle WA 98122.


Combined Agenda - 2019 NW Regional Immigration Law Conference (updated 2/11/2019)

Basic Track Agenda (updated 2/11/2019) - Location: Sullivan Hall, Room 105 (Courtroom)

Business Track Agenda (updated 2/11/2019) - Location: Student Center, Room 160 (LeRoux Conference Center)

Family-Removal Track Agenda (updated  2/11/2019) - Location: Pigott Building, Pigott Auditorium (The Business School Building)

Campus Map


Conference Chairs

Michelle Salter, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Michelle Salter is an associate at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where she focuses her practice on immigration matters. She has experience creating, managing, and implementing U.S. immigration processes and procedures for comprehensive global programs. Michelle has developed and managed internal organization compliance programs, including business travel policy, recruitment, and I-9 and document verification matters. She works frequently with health care clients in preparing J-1 waivers and physician national interest waivers for service in underserved areas. Michelle also represents investors in EB-5 matters.

Robert Gibbs, Gibbs Houston Pauw

Robert H. Gibbs is a founding partner of Gibbs Houston Pauw. He has practiced immigration law since 1977, handling a wide variety of employment, family, citizenship, asylum and deportation cases. His practice includes federal court litigation to remedy agency decisions or inactions, as well as class actions to obtain relief for thousands of individuals. He has represented entities in a broad range of industries including software, health care, restaurants, manufacturing, agriculture, food processing, forest products, international trade, professional services, construction, sports and the arts.

Mr. Gibbs has a top rating (AV) from the leading national lawyers' directory, Martindale-Hubbell. Chambers USA and Who's Who Legal 2012 give him the ranking as a leading lawyer in business immigration. He is annually ranked a Washington State "Super Lawyer" in immigration practice by Law & Politics Magazine. Mr. Gibbs is a frequent lecturer at seminars for attorneys and employers on immigration law and workplace compliance, federal court litigation, and naturalization.

Joel Paget, Ryan Swanson and Cleveland PLLC

Joel H. Paget is the Senior Member of the Immigration Group at Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC in Seattle, WA, for which he also has served as Managing Partner. He has over 35 years of immigration experience with an emphasis on business immigration and tax issues. Joel is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA") and has served for nine years on the national AILA Department of State Liaison Committee and is currently a member of the local AILA Chapter's Consular Affairs Liaison Committee, the USCBP Liaison Committee and the Congressional Liaison Committee all of which he has served as the Chair. He also is a member of the Seattle Rotary #4, and is an Emeritus Trustee of Seattle Pacific University. He was an adjunct professor of business law for 10 years at SPU, and chairman of the Taxation Section and a Bar Examiner for the Washington State Bar Association. He continues to be recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America (1991-2019).

Basic Track Agenda and Faculty Biographies

Business Track Agenda and Faculty Biographies

Family/Removal Track Agenda and Faculty Biographies


Early Bird Registration Deadline - January 25, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.

Available for all categories except for Law Student & One-Day Registrations. Before January 26, subtract $100 from the listed tuition prices, except for Speakers, who may subtract $50 from the listed tuition price.

Regular tuition is listed below:

  • General Registration: $575.00
  • AILA Member/SU School of Law Alumni: $395.00
  • Non-Profit/Government Employee: $295.00
  • Paralegal: $325.00
  • Law Student: $150.00
  • One-Day Registration: $290.00
  • Speakers and AILA CLE Committee Members: $197.50
  • AILA CLE Committee Members who are also Speakers: Free

Box lunches will be available for pre-ordering only, when you register. Box lunch prices include sales tax. 


A room block for the 2019 NW Regional Immigration Law Conference is available for participants at the Silver Cloud Hotel-Broadway, located across Madison Street from Seattle University, approximately 3 blocks from the conference site. For detailed information about the hotel, please download the information packet or visit the hotel website at www.silvercloud.com/seattlebroadway/

Group Rates
  • King Room: $169.00
  • Double Queen Room: $179.00

Rates above are net and exclusive of tax. Upgraded room types are available at a premium rate and are based on availability.

Online Reservation Instructions

Please click on the GROUP link below:

Immigration Law Conf

1. On the left hand side of the screen please select the desired arrival and departure dates and input the number of guests.

2. Click on "Search for Availability"

3. Click on "Reserve" for the room type you prefer.  It will take you to a page where guests can enter all their information. 

4. Finally, Click on "Make a Reservation" and your guests should receive a reservation confirmation email shortly thereafter.

Group rates are net, non-comissionable & exclusive of lodging tax.

Please note a $15.00 taxable surcharge is applied for each adult beyond double occupancy. There is a max of (4) four individuals per guestroom, regardless of guestroom type.

Phone Reservation Instructions

Call our hotel directly at(206)325.1400 and ask for the "Immigration Law Conference" group and a guest services agent will be able to assist with making your reservation. 

On-site Parking

$35.00 plus tax per night

Hotel Concessions

For detailed information about the hotel, please download the information packet.

  • complimentary high speed internet access
  • courtesy shuttle service to/from downtown Seattle
  • indoor swimming pool & whirlpool
  • state-of-the-art fitness facility, gift shop and business center
  • complimentary laundry facilities