Bedient honored for lifetime achievement

Advisor helps navigate the complex immigration law

November 26, 2010

Helping an international scholar navigate through the complex process of immigration requires a depth of knowledge about immigration law and a depth of patience and wisdom. Laws can vary from country to country, cover varying information about right of entry and internal rights such as duration of stay, and also be affected by the global political climate of the times. It takes an exceptional individual to advise and assist an international scholar in successfully reaching this goal. It takes a person like Betsy Bedient.

The Colorado Chapter of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association Attorneys) agrees. This December, Bedient, international scholar advisor in the Office of International Affairs at University of Colorado Denver, is being awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her continued hard work, dedication and superior ethical and professional practice of immigration law.  Her influence on this chapter’s membership, outside agencies, students, scholars, clients, and on the practice of law has been profound.

“Betsy’s services have been invaluable to the university during a lengthy period of changes in immigration regulations, “said Carolyn North, PhD, assistant vice chancellor for International Affairs. “This coincides with increasing focus on internationalization of the university. We host several hundred international scholars who are integral to the research, teaching and scholarly mission of the university and Betsy keeps the, often complex, legal documentation in good order.”

Bedient has been actively working in immigration matters since 1974.  She began by advising international students and scholars on immigration matters at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for eleven years.  She then worked as a paralegal for an immigration law firm for five years, during which time she attended law school at the University of Denver.  After clerking for a Federal District Court Judge for a year and a half, she took up the private practice of immigration law, which she followed for 14 years until accepting her current position as International Scholar Advisor at the University of Colorado Denver. Bedient works primarily with immigration matters for the university’s international faculty, staff and visitors to campus. She has an active Colorado law license, is a member of Doyle’s Inns of Court, the American Association of Immigration Lawyers, and NAFSA:  Association of International Educators.  From 1998 through 2007, she served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she taught introduction to U.S. immigration and nationality law.

“This award has only been given to a select few in AILA, “ said Bryon Large, AILA Colorado Treasurer. “We look forward to honoring Betsy at our end-of-the-year event.”