Immigration

  • August 18, 2017

    How 5 Firms Are Building More Diverse Ranks

    Many are investing in recruitment and retention initiatives aimed at minorities, while at least one is finding that its hiring efforts naturally bring in diverse attorneys. Here’s a look inside a few of the firms that added 20 or more minority attorneys in 2016.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Top Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The racial makeup of BigLaw’s equity partnership has barely budged in recent years, but some law firms are making notable strides on diversity at the top. Here are the firms with the most racially diverse equity tiers, according to Law360’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    After years of diversity initiatives, the legal industry is still coming up short, but some law firms have made notable progress. Here, Law360 ranks the U.S. firms that are leaders in turning diversity goals into workforce realities.

  • August 18, 2017

    Racial Diversity Stagnating At US Law Firms

    The legal industry has again failed to make substantial progress on hiring and promoting minority attorneys, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, despite more minorities graduating from law school than ever before.

  • August 18, 2017

    Trump Tweets On Border Security In Wake Of Barcelona Attack

    President Donald Trump accused Democrats of using the courts to impede his national security policy in a series of tweets Friday after a van ran down a crowd of pedestrians in Barcelona, killing 13 and injuring dozens more in an act of terror.

  • August 18, 2017

    Cuneo Gilbert Wants Ex-Colleague Sanctioned In Bias Suit

    Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca LLP asked a New York federal judge to sanction a former colleague suing the law firm for national origin discrimination, saying Friday that she failed to appear for a status conference earlier this month.

  • August 18, 2017

    Ex-EOIR Head Juan Osuna Dies 3 Months After Resigning

    Juan P. Osuna, a former director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review and ex-associate attorney general in the DOJ’s Civil Division, died Tuesday.

  • August 18, 2017

    MIT Immigrant Janitor Was Wrongly Detained, ACLU Says

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday told a Massachusetts federal court that the government could not justify detention of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology janitor under its statutory powers or on a constitutional basis, requesting his release from immigration officials' custody.

  • August 18, 2017

    Home Burglary A 'Moral Turpitude' Crime In Oregon, BIA Says

    A Mexican citizen twice convicted of first-degree burglary in Oregon is removable based on the crimes, the Board of Immigration Appeals held on Friday, designating home burglary in the state as a “crime of moral turpitude” that can trigger deportation.

  • August 18, 2017

    3rd Circ. Denies Haitian Man Asylum Over His Sexuality

    The Third Circuit on Thursday denied a Haitian native’s bid to seek relief under the Convention Against Torture on the ground that he failed to show he would likely face torture for being gay upon returning to his country and dismissed his claim for withholding of removal.

  • August 17, 2017

    Driver Of Rig Indicted On Smuggling Charges After 10 Die

    The driver of a tractor trailer in which 10 unauthorized immigrants died after being locked inside in extreme heat was indicted by a federal grand jury in Texas on charges he was involved in a for-profit human smuggling operation, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • August 17, 2017

    16 States Back Trump Travel Ban In High Court Brief

    A group of 16 states, led by Texas, on Thursday backed the Trump administration’s travel ban for nationals of six predominantly Muslim countries and suspension of the nation’s refugee program, telling the U.S. Supreme Court the ban is facially neutral.

  • August 17, 2017

    1st Circ. Won't Rethink Man's Deportation For 'Theft Offense'

    The First Circuit on Wednesday, with one judge dissenting, denied a petition for review by a Brazilian native seeking to halt deportation on the basis of his conviction for larceny, finding that the offense was properly determined to be one that made him eligible for removal.

  • August 17, 2017

    BIA Must Rethink Asylum For Gang-Targeted Man: 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday vacated and remanded a Board of Immigration Appeals decision denying review of a Salvadoran native’s petition for asylum, finding the court improperly ruled that a violent gang targeted the man because he was a shop owner, rather than because he had made negative statements about the gang.

  • August 17, 2017

    Denver Considering Restricting ICE Access To Inmates

    Denver is considering an ordinance that would restrict the ability of federal immigration agents to interview local inmates suspected of being in the U.S. without authorization but that would continue to allow jail officials to give federal officials a heads-up if they are about to release certain individuals, city officials announced Wednesday.

  • August 17, 2017

    Feds Accuse Minnesota Restaurant Owner Of Forced Labor

    A Minnesota restaurant owner has been indicted on a federal charge of forced labor after a teenager from the Dominican Republic alleged that the owner helped him obtain a student visa in the U.S. but then put him to work for minimal pay and threatened to harm him if he didn’t comply.

  • August 16, 2017

    Ex-Ariz. Sheriff Arpaio Wants Contempt Conviction Nixed

    Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt by an Arizona federal judge last month, said Monday in a pair of motions that he deserves either a new trial or immediate acquittal on the grounds that there is no evidence he violated a clearly defined preliminary injunction.

  • August 16, 2017

    ICE, Legal Group Agree On Access To Mental Health Services

    A D.C. federal judge granted a joint bid Wednesday to dismiss a suit brought by a legal service organization accusing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of wrongly restricting detained immigrants’ access to legal aid, following a settlement that enables women and children asylum-seekers to receive mental health evaluations.

  • August 16, 2017

    EB-5 Investor Not Worried About Atty Trading With His Cash

    An Iranian man who invested with an immigration attorney accused of using the EB-5 visa program to defraud more than 200 people told an Illinois federal judge Wednesday he was not concerned by claims the attorney may have used his money to trade securities.

  • August 16, 2017

    AG Praises Miami, Rips Chicago And Other 'Sanctuary Cities'

    The backdrop featured Miami's palm trees, but remarks delivered Wednesday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions focused heavily on Chicago, as he called for the Windy City and other so-called sanctuary cities to comply with federal immigration detainer requests or lose federal grant money.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • Calif. Proposed Border Wall Law: Questions For Contractors

    Michael Baker

    The purpose of California Senate Bill 30 is to preclude contractors from doing business with the state of California if such contractors do business with the federal government on a border wall. Whether SB-30 is successful in discouraging those contracts, many fear the practical effect will be to inadvertently create some sort of “blacklist,” say Michael Baker and Jamie Furst ​​of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • No Refuge For DOJ In Chicago Sanctuary City Litigation

    Harold Krent

    The political connotations in the city of Chicago’s suit challenging the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to impose new conditions on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program are clear. However, the case also raises profound legal questions that transcend the money that would otherwise be distributed to Chicago under the program, says Harold Krent, dean and professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Responding To A 'Notice Of Intent To Revoke' From DHS

    David Serwer

    While the U.S. Department of Homeland Security immigration enforcement mechanisms that grab headlines tend to be worksite raids or I-9 penalties, an increasingly common DHS enforcement tactic is the issuance of a notice of intent to revoke, say David Serwer and Matthew Gorman of Baker McKenzie.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.