Memphis-based Immigration law firm Siskind Susser has been awarded the 2019 InnovAction Award for its Visalaw.ai initiative, a suite of artificial intelligence-based applications that are designed to automate a number of complex immigration law processes. The highly coveted InnovAction Award, presented by the College of Law Practice Management, is presented to lawyers, law firms, law schools and other deliverers of legal services who are currently engaged in extraordinary innovative efforts.
The apps are aimed at immigration lawyers, their clients, and the general public and were built on the Neota Logic platform. The firm is primarily using the apps internally and with clients, but this fall will debut its public marketplace which will be aimed primarily at lawyers and offer white labeling options for other law firms to use the apps to service their clients and manage their practices. The firm is also creating plug-ins for the apps to be incorporated into a variety of legal case management systems. Among the apps the firm has completed are
An H-1B Public Access File generator that makes it easy for employers to meet the 24-hour deadline to create this series of documents and notify labor unions;
A 50-state immigration advisor which assists rural and inner-city hospitals assess whether they qualify to recruit international physicians to work in their facilities;
An app that advises people born abroad whether they are considered citizens at birth;
An app rolled out in one day in Spanish and English that helped DACA recipients in understanding how President Trump’s revocation announcement affected them individually.
Siskind Susser founding partner Greg Siskind is a member of the Visalaw.ai team and he worked closely with Josh Waddell, the firm’s Chief Innovation Officer and fellow lawyer Jason Susser on the initiative. Siskind commented:
“In 1994, Siskind Susser was founded and simultaneously launched the world’s first immigration law web site. Twenty-five years later, we’re still using technology to advance the practice of immigration law and I am proud of the work of our Visalaw.ai team. We’re one of the smallest firms to have won an InnovAction award and we hope the recognition of this initiative will demonstrate that firms of any size in any geographic area have the ability to leverage technology to better serve clients and manage their practices. We thank the College of Law Practice Management for naming us a recipient of this year’s award.”