Foreign legal consultant Jessica Jensen has been elected to the 2019 executive committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Canada Chapter.
AILA Canada represents the interest of U.S. and Canadian licensed lawyers based in Canada who practise in the area of U.S. and U.S.-related immigration law. The Canada Chapter consists of approximately 120 member lawyers and law professors who practise and teach immigration law nationwide. The executive committee is responsible for guiding the ongoing activities of the association between meetings of the board of governors.
Jessica joins the board with a goal of fostering a connection between the Western province of Canada to the AILA Canada Chapter to better represent all geographical areas of Canada when sharing ideas. Members of the previous board were based solely out of Toronto. She believes that having feedback from all geographical areas, U.S. ports of entries and U.S. pre-flight inspection offices used by western Canadians aids in understanding the full picture of U.S. immigration law for Canadians. It is important to identify the discrepancies or differences in the execution of immigration procedure across different locations – especially those that affect western Canadians.
Joining Jessica on the AILA Canada Chapter’s new executive committee for the 2019-2020 term:
Chapter Chair: Michael O’Rourke
Vice Chair: Blair Hodgman
Treasurer: Oliver Branch
Immediate Past Chair: Ron Matten
The new executive will commence its term in June.
Jessica is a foreign legal consultant who focuses her practice on U.S. immigration law. She is a member in good standing of the Minnesota and North Dakota Bars, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and maintains a Foreign Legal Consultant permit from the Law Society of Manitoba, allowing her to practise U.S. law in Manitoba.