Immigration

  • January 11, 2017

    Tillerson Tries To Draw Hard Line On Russia

    Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, took a hard stance against Russian aggression in his opening statement seeking Senate confirmation Wednesday but later refused to directly call Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal or to stand by sanctions imposed over Russia's alleged election interference.

  • January 11, 2017

    Disney Looks To Drop Ex-Workers' Race Bias Suit

    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc. on Tuesday asked a Florida judge to throw out a suit by 30 former theme park workers alleging national origin and race discrimination, saying that they had not shown they lost their jobs for discriminatory reasons.

  • January 11, 2017

    Arnstein & Lehr Adds Immigration Pro To Its Miami Office

    Arnstein & Lehr LLP has brought on an immigration attorney previously with Bernstein Osberg-Braun PL who specializes in the EB-5 visa program as a partner in its Miami office, the firm has announced.

  • January 10, 2017

    Trump's DHS Pick Gets Warm Hearing, Hedges On DACA

    President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Gen. John Kelly, largely received a warm welcome at his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, where he acknowledged that certain young immigrants lacking authorization may not be the "highest priority" for deportation.

  • January 10, 2017

    Sessions Defends Record In Bid For AG Before Senate Panel

    Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, pushed back on questions about his record in the Senate and as a prosecutor Tuesday, as members of a Senate panel pushed him on immigration enforcement, the role of federal government and his civil rights record.

  • January 10, 2017

    DHS Seeking Comments On Potential EB-5 Program Updates

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday released an early notice of possible regulatory updates to the EB-5 visa program’s “regional center” component, asking for comments on everything from monitoring measures to issues involved with terminating regional centers.

  • January 10, 2017

    Detainees Had Right To Sue Officials, ACLU Tells High Court

    The American Civil Liberties Union has argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that immigrants detained in the wake of 9/11 have a right to sue top officials in former President George W. Bush’s administration for civil rights violations, saying no other remedies are available.

  • January 10, 2017

    Lewis Brisbois Picks Up 5-Lawyer Immigration Team

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP said Tuesday it had acquired Meyer Law Group, a San Francisco-based boutique firm that specializes in immigration matters, including those related to employment and taxes, adding five lawyers to its roster and bolstering its West Coast immigration group.

  • January 10, 2017

    EEOC Seeks Input On Anti-Harassment Enforcement Guide

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Tuesday it is seeking public input on a proposed set of enforcement guidelines for how to address harassment that is barred by federal employment discrimination laws.

  • January 10, 2017

    Recent BALCA Rulings That Attys Should Know About

    With so much going on in the immigration field lately, it can be easy to lose track of important updates from the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals, which means attorneys risk missing out on key insights about the notoriously strict labor certification process. Here, Law360 offers a roundup of important recent BALCA rulings.

  • January 10, 2017

    3rd Circ. Voids Immigrant's 12-Month Sentence For Re-Entry

    The Third Circuit on Monday issued a precedential decision vacating a Dominican man’s 12-month prison term for illegal re-entry into the United States after finding that a trial judge had misrepresented the offender’s arrest record.

  • January 9, 2017

    The Firms That Dominated In 2016

    Law360's Firms of the Year rose above the competition in 2016 by earning a combined 20 Practice Group of the Year awards on the strength of work that helped their clients attain game-changing judgments and close record deals.

  • January 9, 2017

    Cozen O’Connor Adds Immigration Team To Miami Office

    Cozen O'Connor announced Monday that it has lured a three-lawyer immigration law team from Fox Rothschild to join its Miami office, bolstering its services to both U.S. and foreign clients for employment matters and development projects, including opportunities through the federal government's EB-5 immigrant investment program.

  • January 9, 2017

    Hotel Mortgage-Holder Wants Out Of $50M EB-5 Suit

    The holder of a hotel mortgage has told a Florida federal court that it doesn’t belong as a defendant in a suit brought by a group of foreign nationals who say a $50 million fraud scheme tricked them into investing in the real estate project in hopes of joining the EB-5 visa program.

  • January 9, 2017

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2016 Practice Group of the Year awards, the law firms that racked up victories in litigation and closed the big deals to make their mark among clients and throughout the legal industry.

  • January 9, 2017

    Holland & Knight Snags Ex-DOJ Deputy Assistant AG In DC

    Holland & Knight LLP has bolstered its litigation and dispute resolution practice group in its Washington, D.C., office with a former deputy assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division and head of the Office of Immigration, the firm announced Monday.

  • January 9, 2017

    Teen Arrived Too Early For Citizenship, 6th Circ. Says

    The Sixth Circuit has apologetically held that a man from Lebanon who entered the U.S. as a teenager less than a month before his father was not eligible for naturalization because his entry was technically not lawful.

  • January 9, 2017

    Justices Won't Hear Immigrant's 2nd Try To Beat Deportation

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it is again declining to hear a case involving a native of Dominica who is facing deportation and claims she did not have adequate representation when she entered a plea in a drug case in Texas.

  • January 6, 2017

    Judge Won't Block Witnesses In Sports Agent Smuggling Trial

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday denied a bid by a sports agent alleged to have participated in a $16 million scheme to smuggle Cuban baseball players to exclude testimony from five government witnesses, despite the agent’s request to withhold the testimony as a sanction for the government’s withholding of potentially damaging evidence until the last minute.

  • January 6, 2017

    Trump Says Mexico Will Repay For Wall, But Questions Loom

    Speculation over how the U.S. would pay for a possible border wall kicked up again Friday as President-elect Donald Trump claimed Mexico would eventually reimburse the U.S. for the southern barrier, although it is far from clear how Mexico would be forced to cough up the funds.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways To Fight Costlier Legal Malpractice Claims In 2017

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    There are a number of concrete, practical steps that law firms can take to address the high cost of defending legal malpractice claims, both before and after a claim is made, says Richard Simpson, a partner with Wiley Rein LLP who serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

  • Building Momentum For The Pay Equity Movement In BigLaw

    Stephanie A. Scharf

    A decade’s worth of multiple bar association initiatives, conferences, corporate law summits, detailed research reports and opinion pieces on the pay gap has seemingly fallen on the deaf ears of BigLaw. However, recent events presage substantial movement toward pay equity in law firms, say Stephanie Scharf of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel for the New York Public Library, and Wendi Lazar of Outten & Golden LLP.

  • Keeping Pro Se Litigants At Bay

    Michael Walden

    Pro se litigation can be a time-consuming cost of doing business, particularly for large, well-known companies. Though pro se cases occasionally include interesting, even amusing, claims, like all litigation, they must be taken seriously. In this article, attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP detail several practical approaches to dealing with the problems posed by pro se litigants.

  • Are Courts In The Discovery Driver’s Seat?

    Cristin K. Traylor

    I recently asked a panel of four federal court judges whether they expect courts to start taking a more active role in e-discovery. They answered with a resounding yes. However, their responses left me wondering whether courts are actually taking a more active role in discovery since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments took effect in December 2015, says Cristin Traylor of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • The Ins And Outs Of The Dreaded Consular Process

    Jennifer M. Pflanz

    Processing a case through the National Visa Center can often lead to headaches and heartburn, even for many immigration practitioners. However, although the process can be lengthy in terms of document requests and overall timeline, it’s manageable so long as you know how to anticipate the sometimes seemingly senseless requests, say Jennifer Pflanz and Mia Batista of Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP.

  • Rules Of Civil Procedure Updates Affect E-Discovery

    Patrick Reilly

    On Dec. 1, 2016, the annual updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect. Revisions include the end of the three-day “mail rule” extension for electronically served discovery, an amendment regarding service of internationally based corporate defendants, and a technical change regarding venues in maritime law actions, say Patrick Reilly and Eldin Hasic of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Path To The California Bench

    Judge George F. Bird

    Ever consider applying for a judicial appointment in California? Get the lay of the land from Judge George Bird of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Kimberly Knill, a senior appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Additionally, hear what several recent appointees to the LA Superior Court thought of the judicial selection process.

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Being On The Outs With In-House Counsel

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    When trial lawyers fail to recognize the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel, it jeopardizes not only the outcome of the case, but also the opportunities for future representation. These few simple strategies are hardly rocket science, but they are too often neglected, says Matthew Whitley
 of Beck Redden LLP.

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • Lawyer EQ: Finding Success In Every Interaction

    Judith Gordon

    American legal education relies almost exclusively on analytical thinking. But success in legal practice depends in large part upon an accurate emotional understanding of oneself and the human seated opposite us. Honing emotional intelligence skills can lead to greater success, and Judith Gordon of LeaderEsQ offers a few tools that can be implemented immediately to raise one’s emotional intelligence quotient.