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Dear Editor:
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Dear Editor:
This is not a time for business as usual. AILA has lots of team players we need a strong team leader with a record of creative ideas and innovative solutions. We need a leader who is as comfortable in the business arena as in the enforcement arena. We need a leader who is respected by Congress and by the media. We need a leader who can engage our members! Read below and you will see why Tammy Fox-Isicoff is that leader!

Join AILA Past Presidents, members of AILA's Board of Governors, Leaders of AILF, Pro Bono Organizations and Others in electing Tammy.

Please learn more about Tammy

Ballots will be mailed out in mid-May

More AILA Past Presidents support Tammy, including: Ira Kurzban, Charles Foster, H. Ronald Klasko, Peter Williamson, Jimmy Wu, Stanley Mailman, Steve Clark, James Orlow, Jonathan Avirom, Leon Rosen, Jules Coven.

These individuals have witnessed Tammy in action in her 10 years on the Board of Governors and understand the need for a strong leader.

Ira Kurzban, Past President AILA National - "I enthusiastically support Tammy for AILA Secretary. Tammy gets things done. She is energetic and fearless. Tammy possesses one of the keenest legal minds and is an excellent litigator. She has practiced immigration law for over 20 years, and has been one of the most active and effective members of the Board of Governors of AILA for the past 10 years. She is an excellent advocate. She is one of the most creative individuals I have ever met. Tammy knows how to work with other organizations and was directly responsible for the ABA's policy against continued construction of detention facilities in remote areas and the involuntary transfer of detainees. Tammy is passionate and charismatic. She brings unbridled enthusiasm to all of her endeavors and has the ability to activate our membership."

H. Ronald Klasko, Past President AILA National - "Tammy Fox-Isicoff is one of the most qualified people ever to seek national office in AILA. She is the hardest working, most creative, most effective, most charismatic and most passionate advocate and leader that I have had the pleasure of working with in my 20 plus years in AILA leadership. I am positively in awe of what Tammy has accomplished in her 10 years on the AILA Board of Governors. I know of no attorney who has a greater range of skills and experience in her practice, in service to AILA and in the community. She brings a deep and abiding sense of right and wrong to her tireless and relentless fight against injustices to her colleagues and her clients. If anyone will be able to take AILA to greater heights, and enable AILA to better address the concerns of all of us practicing immigration lawyers, it will be Tammy."

Peter Williamson, Past President AILA National - "I support Tammy because she is smart. She is a good lawyer. Her sense of right from wrong is much like my own. She is an aggressive advocate. She is nevertheless able to compromise when the time comes. She does a good job in every matter she undertakes. She has exceptional leadership ability, and will be a good strong leader of AILA."

Stanley Mailman, Past President AILA National - "I am thrilled that [Tammy is] a candidate for office. I have been so impressed by the strength and variety of [her] credentials. First of all, [she does her] homework and apparently has a voracious memory: in short, [she is] so well informed. While I am struggling to catch up with subjects that originated on earlier agendas, [she is] prepared with the factual background and a position on where we should go. [She has] good judgment, which I suppose is to say that most often (but not always) I agree with [her]. And [she is] not only one of our best cheerleaders but [she is] a doer. I so admire [her] energy and I would be proud to follow [her] leadership on the Executive Committee." Charles Foster, Past President AILA National - "Tammy Fox-Isicoff has been an energetic and effective voice for AILA on the issues we support, at local, state and national levels. If elected, she will make an outstanding AILA secretary and I urge you to support her."

Jimmy Wu, Past President AILA National - "Tammy really delivers-that is as good a recommendation as I can give anyone. When I appointed her to the General Counsel Committee for 1998-99, she proved to be one of my best appointments. She is incredibly competent, resourceful, energetic and fearless. There is no better candidate for National Secretary. If we succeed in electing her to AILAs Executive Committee, we would have done ourselves a big favor."

Rich Rulon Former Chairman AILF Board of Trustees - "I am supporting Tammy Fox-Isicoff for AILA Secretary. She is a bright, articulate and dynamic attorney who has been a very persuasive advocate on behalf of AILA and the immigrant community. Her work as a member of AILA's General Counsel Liaison Committee is a testament to what tireless advocacy and good lawyering can produce. Tammy will bring a new voice with a new perspective to AILA's Leadership Team."

Paul Virtue, Former General Counsel of INS - "I Support Tammy Fox-Isicoff for Secretary because of her tireless advocacy on important immigration issues. I witnessed this while I was General Counsel of INS and subsequently in private practice. AILA needs strong leadership and strong advocacy. I can think of no better person than Tammy."

Jan Pedersen-Former AILA Board of Governors - "Tammy Fox is a dynamic, articulate, and talented attorney and leader among immigration attorneys who is respected and listened to in Washington. She is a needed addition to the AILA national leadership if we are to continue to have a voice in immigration matters throughout the nation. Our clients have suffered tremendously in the overly broad sweep of the immigration laws enacted in the post-9/11 world. Tammy is a strong voice for reason and fairness. I strongly endorse her candidacy for secretary of AILA. She will make sure our voices are heard in Washington and throughout the country."

William Reich-Past Chapter Chair Upstate New York - "I support Tammy Fox-Isicoff because she has endless energy and a commitment to make a change. AILA has lots of team players. What we need now is a strong, courageous, no-nonsense leader. Tammy is that person."

Sharryn Ross AILA Board of Governors - "I am supporting Tammy Fox-Isicoff for AILA Secretary. Tammy has been a very active and hardworking Board Member for 10 years. She has raised many issues of great importance to our members, some of which may not have come to light had she not been willing to bring up the hard issues. While many members have trouble finding the time to even register an opinion through "Contact Congress" on InfoNet, Tammy always finds time to make exceptional efforts that benefit not only her practice, but the immigrant community at large."

Kirsten Schlenger-AILF Board of Trustees - "I support Tammy for the Executive Board because Tammy has demonstrated that she is an exceptional thinker and doer. Not only does she come up with excellent "out of the box" ideas, but she also performs the hard, focused work necessary to make sure that her ideas are supported by the law and implemented successfully. Tammy is an energetic leader who challenges the status quo, aggressively and relentlessly pushes the government to do what is right, challenges the AILA Board to think about important issues in creative ways and then steps up to the plate to turn her talk into action. In the current environment we need a forceful and charismatic leader like Tammy to benefit all AILA members."

Ellen Ma Lee-Former AILA Board of Governors - "[Tammy is] dynamic, foused with instinctive leadership abilities, all qualities necessary to lead AILA through all the "stuff" they throw at us."

Paul Parsons-Former AILA Board of Governors - "Tammy Fox-Isicoff is dedicated to seeking fair immigration laws for Americas immigrants and their U.S. citizen families. Tammy has been one of AILAs leading advocates for immigration reform, and she is always willing to litigate in order to seek justice for immigrants. I know Tammy will be an excellent AILA officer and encourage you to vote for her."

Henry Chang, Chapter Chair Canada - "Tammy frequently speaks out on matters of importance to our association. She is incredibly bright, creative and resourceful. Tammy does not take positions because she believes that they are popular; she does so because she believes that they are in the best interests of AILA. I believe that AILA's leadership will benefit from her presence on the Executive Committee."

Mary Kramer- AILA Author of Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity - "Few immigration law practitioners can boast expertise in every area. I myself know of only one. Tammy Fox. Tammy comes from a background as counsel with legacy-INS. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities Legal Services in Miami, the largest agency meeting the needs of the poor in South Florida. She serves as ICE liaison for the S. Florida Chapter. Perhaps based on this diverse experience, she has an outstanding command of removal and detention issues. In a blink of an eye, though, Tammy can move into the employment-based arena, and instruct her colleagues on everything from non-immigrant visas for the business professional, to investments, to labor certification. At a national level, she has served on General Counsel Liaison and the EOIR Committee. Tammy has insurmountable energy and (thankfully) an undying optimism that immigration law and policy can indeed be improved through litigation, liaison, and education."

Sample of Pro Bono Organizations in Support of Tammy

Judith Bernstein-Baker, Executive Director of HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia - "I support Tammy Fox-Isicoff for AILA Secretary because of her commitment to immigrants and refugees of all backgrounds. This was demonstrated recently when she graciously came to Philadelphia to speak at an event sponsored by HIAS and Counsel Migration Service of Philadelphia attended by Barney Frank, leaders of the Jewish Community and a diverse audience. Her remarks were inspirational and helped make our fund raising a success."

Cheryl Little, Director of Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center - "I support Tammy for AILA Secretary because of her unique background and experience. She has experience on both sides of the fence working with the government and now in private sector. She has always recognized the pro bono needs of our immigrant community and has provided invaluable assistance to that community."

Randy McGrorty Director of Catholic Charities Legal Services - "I support Tammy for AILA Secretary because she cares deeply about immigration law in general. Though she practices primarily in the business arena, she has extensive knowledge and understanding of the enforcement end of the practice. She has served on our Board of Directors now for many years and has demonstrated that she really gets things done. AILA needs someone now more than ever who is more than talk--Tammy has experience, effectiveness and concern, a unique, invaluable combination."

Tammy Fox-Isicoff

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