Butzel Long attorney Reginald A. Pacis to Chair the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s National Customs Border Protection Liaison Committee

Thursday, July 8, 2010

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DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Reginald A. Pacis was named Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) National Customs Border Protection Liaison Committee during the Annual Conference June 30-July 3, 2010 in Maryland. Previously, Mr. Pacis was Vice Chair of the Committee. AILA is the national association of more than 11,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law.

Mr. Pacis has been an active member of AILA for many years. He served two consecutive terms from 2003 to 2004 and 2004 to 2005 as Chairperson of the Michigan Chapter of AILA and was a member of the AILA National Board of Governors for those terms. He previously served as Secretary (2001 to 2003) and Membership Chairperson of the Michigan Chapter of AILA (1998 to 2003).

Mr. Pacis has served as a member of the AILA National liaison committee dealing with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security presiding over inspections and security of the U.S. border. He previously served as Chairperson of the Michigan AILA Committee and as a liaison with the Michigan Customs and Border Protection Agency. Mr. Pacis currently serves on the Liaison Committee as Vice Chairperson.

Based in Butzel Long's Detroit office, Mr. Pacis concentrates 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.

Mr. Pacis is a member of the American Bar Association and the Samahang Pilipino Ng Oakland Filipino organization.

Mr. Pacis has been a speaker on immigration topics at numerous business, Hispanic, and Filipino programs. He has served on a variety of committees in the Filipino community. He also completed a two-year term appointed by Governor Granholm to serve on the Advisory Committee for Asian Pacific American Affairs (ACAPAA). Mr. Pacis is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit.

Mr. Pacis received his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1996 and his B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1992. He joined the State Bar of Michigan in 1997.

About Butzel Long

Established in 1854, Butzel Long is one of America’s leading law firms. With 190 attorneys, it has offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan, New York City and Washington, D.C., as well as Alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. The firm is also a member of the Washington, D.C. law firm, Butzel Long Tighe Patton. Butzel Long represents clients from diverse industries on regional, national, and multi-national levels and is a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Visit the Butzel Long website at www.butzel.com.

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