Mayer Brown announced that Employment & Benefits partner Paul Virtue (Washington DC) has been named to The National Law Journal’s (NLJ) list of “Immigration Trailblazers,” which recognizes individuals in the legal industry who have made an impact in shaping immigration legislation through new types of strategies or innovative court cases. (View profile.)

Mr. Virtue was selected by NLJ for his impressive legislative work in immigration law such as drafting language that allowed for an immigration inspector user fee, which was then added to an appropriations bill. As Mr. Virtue noted in his profile, “It went a long way to funding the inspection program, at least at airports. From that, I worked with drafting and getting enacted the examinations user fee. So, when the government has a shutdown, US Citizenship and Immigration Services is not overly affected because it’s fee-funded. It changed the way the agency did business.”

NLJ also highlighted his role in implementing the Illegal Immigration Reform Act of 1996. “It had more than 100 regulations and issue guidance for basically every area,” Mr. Virtue told the publication. “I had to put out memoranda and at least one of those continues to be the guidance under which ICE still operates in their worksite enforcement operations.”