Where are the jobs?

Host Ray Suarez and guest panelists Algernon Austin, Marcos Vilar and Juan Carlos Benitez discuss why job creation remains low.


About the AILA Spring CLE Conference


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AILA Spring CLE Conference
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An experienced litigator, Juan Carlos Benitez has worked in fields including national defense, U.S. territorial law, and economic development. For the past 15 years, he has served as president of the Washington Pacific Economic Development Group in Hagatna, Guam. Juan Carlos Benitez is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

The 2018 AILA Spring CLE Conference will be held in Washington, D.C., on April 13 at the Washington Court Hotel. The event will feature conversations with several liaison committees, as well as “Conversations with the Agencies,” which will give attendees insight into the decisions being made at agencies such as the Department of Labor, the Department of Homeland Security, and Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Attendees may be able to earn CLE credits. For those in jurisdictions giving an hour’s credit per 50-minute session, a maximum of 10 CLE credits is possible; a maximum of eight could be earned for jurisdictions requiring 60 minutes. Registration for the event is open at agora.aila.org.

AILA’s Immigration Lawyer Search Service


The AILA’s Immigration Justice Campaign Promotes Immigrant Rights


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Immigration Justice Campaign
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Over the course of a career spanning more than 25 years, Juan Carlos Benitez has worked as a labor attorney, a legal advisor, a legislative director, and a business executive. He currently serves as the president of three businesses based in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. Alongside his various professional pursuits, Juan Carlos Benitez maintains memberships in a number of groups, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

As part of its efforts to promote fair and just immigration law, the AILA oversees a variety of national programs and events aimed at education and advocacy. Currently, the organization is working to advance the Immigration Justice Campaign, a legal services initiative it launched in partnership with the American Immigration Council.

Through the Immigration Justice Campaign, the AILA and its partners leverage the work of volunteer attorneys to advocate and provide representation for individuals facing deportation from the United States. For its part, the AILA is currently building a national network of attorneys and attorney mentors to ensure that detained immigrants have access to qualified legal counsel. The organization is also coordinating advocacy efforts to help build a national movement dedicated to protecting immigrant rights.

In addition to the AILA and the American Immigration Council, partners that support the Immigration Justice Campaign include the American Immigrant Representation Project, the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative, and the Stand with Immigrants Campaign. Law school clinics, bar associations, individual law firms, and other organizations are also working to advance the initiative. For more information, visit www.aila.org/justice.

Inter-American School of Law’s Juris Doctor and Clinical Programs

Juan Carlos Benitez

Juan Carlos Benitez

Prior to becoming the president and chairman of the board for the Latte Training Academy on the Pacific island of Saipan, Juan Carlos Benitez attended the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon in Santurce, Puerto Rico, where he earned a bachelor of arts in judicial systems. Juan Carlos Benitez also attended the Inter-American School of Law in Hato Ray, Puerto Rico, where he earned his juris doctor.

The Inter-American School of Law was founded in 1961 to provide legal programs for students with diverse backgrounds. The juris doctor program includes a wide variety of elective courses in different areas, such as environmental law, intellectual property law, trademarks and patents, and banking law.

The Inter-American School of Law’s Juris Doctor program also features a clinical program that gives legal students the ability to learn basic practical skills by taking part in hands-on workshops and courses. The clinical program involves outreach activities in the local community, giving students real life experience in legal issues that range from international human rights and criminal litigation to environmental projects and child custody law.