• September 15, 2017

    Atty Cleared In Veterinarians' Dairy Farm Trafficking Case

    An Idaho federal judge on Thursday dismissed an attorney named in a suit brought by Mexican veterinarians alleging that an Idaho dairy farm brought them to the U.S. for forced labor, saying that there was no evidence that the attorney had acted maliciously in preparing their visas.

  • September 14, 2017

    Sens. Push For Refugee Report, Slam Possible 50K Cap

    Two Democratic senators fired off a letter to agency heads Wednesday seeking information on proposed refugee admissions in the wake of a report that President Donald Trump is considering capping the number at 50,000 next fiscal year.

  • September 14, 2017

    Calif. Passes Bill Setting Workplace Rules For ICE Visits

    California lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill that would set restrictions and obligations for employers in situations where U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents seek access to workplaces for immigration enforcement matters.

  • September 14, 2017

    Enviros Sue Over Border Wall Pre-Construction In San Diego

    Environmental groups on Thursday hit the Trump administration with a lawsuit in California federal court over border-wall pre-construction they claim poses a threat to endangered species and wildlife near the cities of San Diego and Calexico.

  • September 14, 2017

    Homeland Security, DOJ Get Spending Boost In House Bills

    Border security, cybersecurity and immigration enforcement would get a spending hike of more than $2 billion under a pair of bills approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday.

  • September 14, 2017

    DHS Finds US-Mexico Border Tougher To Illegally Cross

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a report Wednesday that measured security levels in the areas between ports of entry at the southwest border between the United States and Mexico, finding that it was more difficult to illegally cross that section of the border now than ever before. 

  • September 14, 2017

    Stories Clash Over Citizenship In DACA Discussions

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she and Sen. Chuck Schumer had insisted during their meeting with President Donald Trump that the DREAM Act, which includes a path to citizenship, be the basis for a solution for the young, unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S., but Trump quickly denied that citizenship was on the table.

  • September 14, 2017

    House Passes Bill Targeting Immigrant Gang Members

    The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement to expedite removal proceedings for alleged members of “criminal alien gangs,” over Democratic complaints the measure ran roughshod over the Constitution.

  • September 13, 2017

    After Denying DACA Deal, Trump Says Plan In The Works

    Hours after President Trump denied on Twitter that he had reached a deal with Democrats to prevent young, unauthorized immigrants from being deported, he told reporters that they are "working on a plan" and that Republican leaders are "on board."

  • September 13, 2017

    Sierra Club Sues For Trump's Border Wall Docs

    The Trump administration is violating the Freedom of Information Act by not releasing officially requested information on the environmental impacts of erecting structures along the border between the U.S. and Mexico, the Sierra Club alleged Tuesday in California federal court.

  • September 13, 2017

    9th Circ. Favors Detainees' Privacy In FOIA Fight

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a summary judgment order tossing a suit by the treasurer of the National Border Patrol Council seeking the names of 149 noncitizens who were released from detention pending a final removal determination, saying the privacy rights of the former detainees outweigh any public interest.

  • September 13, 2017

    Texas Cities, Nonprofits Fight Partial Sanctuary City Ban

    A collection of Texas municipalities and nonprofit organizations asked the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday not to stay the block on the detainer provision in Texas' anti-sanctuary city law, arguing that a lower court properly concluded that the law is unconstitutionally vague and that there is no “emergency” need for a stay.

  • September 13, 2017

    Advocates Sue Over Warrantless Phone Searches At Border

    The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation accused border patrol officers in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday of conducting warrantless searches of smartphones and laptops at U.S. ports of entry in violation of constitutional privacy and free speech rights.

  • September 13, 2017

    Fleeing From Cops Not Enough For Removal, 5th Circ. Finds

    The Fifth Circuit has reversed a Board of Immigration Appeals decision that a Ghanaian immigrant was ineligible for cancellation of removal based on a previous evading arrest conviction in Texas, finding Tuesday that the crime was not severe enough to automatically disqualify him.

  • September 12, 2017

    Grassley's Bipartisan Human Trafficking Bill Passes Senate

    The Senate on Tuesday passed bipartisan legislation to overhaul the federal government's response to human trafficking with a focus on prevention efforts, legal resources for survivors, cooperation between government and advocates and related law enforcement training. 

  • September 12, 2017

    Justices Again Stay 9th Circ. Ruling Narrowing Travel Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday extended a stay it issued the day before, blocking part of an injunction that would have admitted certain refugees into the country despite President Donald Trump’s travel ban as the case gears up for its high court hearing next month.

  • September 12, 2017

    Gov't Witness Spars With Prosecutor At Menendez Trial

    A government witness said Tuesday that she did not know why she was testifying at the corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and a Florida ophthalmologist, saying the two men were friends and sparring with a prosecutor over her claim that the doctor referred to the senator as a “brother.”

  • September 12, 2017

    Case Against Pardoned Arpaio Likely To Be Tossed, Attys Say

    The federal government’s bid for Arizona’s federal court to dismiss the case against now-pardoned former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt for violating an order prohibiting the detention of individuals based on suspected immigration status, will likely be granted, attorneys told Law360 on Tuesday.

  • September 12, 2017

    DOJ Asks 5th Circ. To Allow Part Of Sanctuary City Ban

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday asked the Fifth Circuit to stay the block on the detainer provision in Texas’ anti-sanctuary city law, known as S.B. 4, claiming the Constitution permits local officials to hold immigrants in response to federal requests.

  • September 12, 2017

    LA Can’t Join SF In Sanctuary City Fight

    A California federal court on Monday denied Los Angeles’ effort to intervene in San Francisco’s lawsuit against Department of Justice conditions on law enforcement grants that require so-called sanctuary cities to help enforce immigration laws, leading the city to say it will file its own complaint.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.

  • A Law Firm Guide To Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking

    Sarah Dohoney Byrne

    Unlike victims of many crimes, human trafficking survivors often have complicated legal problems related to the experience of being trafficked — everything from criminal records to custody disputes to immigration obstacles. Many law firms already provide assistance in these areas and can easily transition resources and expertise, says Sarah Dohoney Byrne of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Diversity In The Legal Profession — A Stubborn Vision

    Robert Grey

    At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

  • Opinion

    New Salary History Laws Crimp Attorney Hiring Process

    Fredric Newman

    In prohibiting employers from asking potential hires about their previous salaries, lawmakers seek to "level the playing field." But there are real problems with the practicality, legality and enforceability of many of the salary history laws, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • 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.