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FREE FOR AILA MEMBERS; NO CLE: Enjoy these short tutorials (3 to 6 minutes in length), free to all AILA members, covering real-world issues in an easily searchable format. Get the answers you need quickly and efficiently! New content will be continuously added to this growing “how-to” video library. When you select a video, click the “Register” button on the right, then select “Watch Video” to view the tutorial. New tutorial videos are added every Wednesday. Check back for new content!

 

How to Effectively Enhance Law Firm Profitability
This video discusses the three ways to effectively enhance profitability: 1) increase the fees you charge, 2) increase the number of clients you serve by increasing your marketing and business development efforts, or 3) improve efficiency by increasing productivity and reducing costs of doing business.
Late Filings in Immigration Court
Can I include evidence if I missed the call up date? Emergency motions to accept the late-file documents, what to say on the call or voice message.
Your Most Profitable Hour All Year
Billable time determines your income, but nonbillable time determines your future. Reid Trautz, Director of the Practice & Professionalism Center, makes the case for non-substantive law CLE. Then register for the AILA Law Practice Management Conference—the conference that will determine your future!
What Are the Parts of a Notice to Appear (NTA)?
Removal proceedings begin with the filing of a Notice to Appear (NTA). This tutorial will explain what is found on an NTA.
Importance of an I-213 in Removal Proceedings
In removal proceedings, there is often a reference to an “I-213”. This tutorial will explain what an I-213 is and why it is very important to removal proceedings.
How Much Can You Charge for Your Services?
What standards govern the upper limits of what a lawyer can charge for his or her services?
The Ethics of Minimum Fees
What is a minimum fee and are they ethically permissible? What happens if the representation ends early, and how do you set a reasonable milestone to delineate when the minimum fee is earned?
The Ethics of Hourly Billing
Where does the advanced payment for hourly fees go, trust or operating? What tasks can you bill for?
The Five Sources of All Clients
There are really only five sources of most clients. Cultivating productive relationships with referral sources is relatively simple and can have profound results on your law firm’s bottom line.
How and Why to Create a Member Paralegal Account
This video explains what a member paralegal account is and how AILA members can create these accounts for their paralegals.
Preparing the DS-160
Get tips on how this electronic form can be prepared for your client and your client's responsibility to submit to the consulate.
What Types of Matters are Processed by the National Visa Center (NVC)?
What Types of Matters are Processed by the National Visa Center (NVC)?
Moment of Mindfulness: Mini-Meditation
As part of our wellness series, join us for a mini-meditation.
Moment of Mindfulness: Mindful Breathing Practice
As part of our wellness series, join us for mindful breathing practices.
Moment of Mindfulness: The Body Scan Practice
As part of our wellness series, join us for the body scan practice.
Moment of Mindfulness: The “S.T.O.P.” Practice
As part of our wellness series, join us for the "S.T.O.P." practice.
Moment of Mindfulness: The Forgiveness Practice
As part of our wellness series, join us for the forgiveness practice.
Moment of Mindfulness: Mindful Walking
As part of our wellness series, join us for mindful walking.
Conflict of Interest and Affidavit of Support
When your client does not meet the poverty guidelines, is there a conflict of interest in preparing the affidavit of support of the joint sponsor?
The Ethics of Flat Fee Billing
Where does the advanced payment of a flat fee go, trust or operating? How much should you refund if the engagement ends prior to completion of the representation.
Candor and Confidentiality
Lawyers have duties of confidentiality to their clients and candor to the tribunal that can be conflicting. Confidentiality is a fundamental ethical duty, but the duty of candor to the tribunal limits confidentiality in most states. This video gives a basic ethical overview of candor and confidentiality.​
Defining Executive Capacity and How to Prove It in the L-1A/EB-1 Context
In the L-1A/EB-1 context, an employer must categorize their beneficiary as either an executive or a manager. This video gives an overview of the definition of executive capacity, its requirements, and how to prove the beneficiary is functioning in an executive capacity.
Defining Managerial Capacity and How to Prove It in the L-1A/EB-1 Context
In the L-1A/EB-1 context, an employer must categorize their beneficiary as either an executive or a manager. This video gives an overview of the definition of managerial capacity, its requirements, and how to prove the beneficiary is functioning in a managerial capacity.
Defining Functional Manager and How to Prove It in the L-1A/EB-1 Context
What is a functional manager and how can you prove it in the L-1A/EB-1 context? This video gives an overview of the definition of functional manager, its requirements, and how to prove the beneficiary will be working as a functional manager.
Use of Non-Engagement and Disengagement Letters
Use of non-engagement and disengagement letters.
Physical Presence and Continuous Residence
How to assess and calculate physical presence and continuous residence for naturalization, and common issues with this.
When Is an N-600 Rather Than an N-400 Proper?
Details on when you use the USCIS N-600 Application for Certificate of Citizenship vs. the USCIS N-400 Application for Naturalization.
How to Request a Fee Waiver in Immigration Court
When eligible, it is possible to request a fee waiver for defensive applications in Immigration Court. This tutorial will explain how to request a fee waiver as well as strategic considerations.
EB-4 Filing
Documents and forms that need to go with this filing in a basic case, what color to print each part, where to file, who else to serve.
Establishing Continuity of Residence for Naturalization
There is a rebuttable presumption that continuity of residence is disrupted if there is an absence of six (6) months or more. There are factors to use in establishing the continuity of residence and exemptions to consider to establish that the client has continuous residence.
T Visas: How to Show “Present on Account of” Trafficking
Learn tips for demonstrating this requirement, one of the most problematic for T visa petitioners.
T Visas: How to Screen Consultations for Possible T Visa Relief
Learn how to ask the right questions so you don’t overlook possible T visa eligibility.
U/T Visas: How to Apply for a Fee Waiver with the Vermont Service Center
Recently, fee waiver requests have been routinely denied by VSC whereas previously they were almost a given. Learn tips to get your fee waiver request approved given VSC’s new, more stringent adjudication process.
Six Steps to Correct a Mistake
This video provides a six step process attorneys can follow to correct a mistake.
Six Steps to Overcome Procrastination
This video provides six steps attorneys can take when faced with procrastination.
When Can the 212(d)(3) Waiver Be Used?
This video will explore in what circumstances the 212(d)(3) waiver can be used
Three Hacks for Maximum Productivity
AILA member and productivity consultant, Ritu Goswamy explains her three favorite productivity hacks in this four-minute video. Watch it, adopt the hacks, and change your work-life balance for the better today!
U.S. Code to INA Conversion Using AILALink
AILA legal research frequently asked question: How to use AILALink to convert U.S. Code to INA.
Boolean Search in AILALink
AILA legal research frequently asked question: how to conduct a Boolean search.