Butzel attorney Reginald Pacis featured at AILA Annual Conference on June 23 in Orlando 


DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel immigration law attorney Reginald A. Pacis, will be featured during the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Annual Conference June 21-24, 2023 in Orlando, Fl. Pacis will be the discussion leader for a panel program on Section 245(i) and Grandfathering: A Refresher on June 23.

Pacis focuses his practice in immigration law and has handled a variety of immigration matters including H-1B specialty occupation cases, L-1 Intracompany transfers, Labor Certification matters, Immigrant Visa Petitions/Adjustment of Status applications and interviews, TN Free trade cases, H-1B Department of Labor Investigations, I-9 employer verification compliance, and U.S. Port of Entry airport and land port interviews.

In 2018, Pacis was appointed by former Michigan Governor Snyder to the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC) for a term that begin in 2019. MAPAAC helps address the needs and concerns of the Asian Pacific American (APA) communities in Michigan. In 2021, he was appointed by Michigan Governor Whitmer to the position of Trustee to MAPAAC until his term ended in 2023.

Pacis was named Immigration Lawyer of the Year in 2023 and 2013, respectively in the field of Immigration Law by The Best Lawyers in America and has been listed in Best Lawyers for several years.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Samahang Pilipino Ng Oakland Filipino organization. He served two consecutive one-year terms from 2003 to 2005 as Chairperson of the Michigan Chapter of AILA and was a member of the AILA National Board of Governors for those terms.

Pacis also served as Vice Chair (2008 to 2009) and later Chair (2009-2010) of U.S. Customs and Border Protection AILA liaison committee; Vice Chair (2013 to 2014) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Operations AILA liaison committee; Member (2014 to 2015) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services National Benefits Center AILA liaison committee; and has served as a Member (2015) and later Chair (2016) of the AILA Election committee. He has presented at several AILA Annual Conferences Nationally and Internationally.

He is vice president and a member of the Board of Directors, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit.

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