Immigration

  • March 22, 2017

    Border Smartphone Searches Need A Warrant, 4th Circ. Told

    The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other advocacy groups have urged the Fourth Circuit to side with a man convicted of illegally smuggling firearms parts out of the country, a conviction based in part on a border search of his smartphone without a warrant.

  • March 21, 2017

    Gorsuch Rebukes Trump, Defends Record To Senate Panel

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch pushed back Tuesday at attacks on his record and rebuked President Donald Trump’s comments on the judiciary as he sought to persuade a Senate panel to advance his nomination to the nation's highest court.

  • March 21, 2017

    Trump's Remarks Prove Need To Halt Travel Ban, Hawaii Says

    President Donald Trump's comments about the “watered-down” revision of his immigration ban are mounting evidence of the executive order's religious discrimination against Muslims, Hawaii argued on Tuesday, using the president's own words against him in a bid to convert a temporary restraining order blocking the ban to a preliminary injunction.

  • March 21, 2017

    Feds Seek To Block Agent, Trainer From Ballplayer Funds

    The federal government on Monday asked a Florida federal judge to block a baseball agent and an athletic trainer recently found guilty of smuggling Cuban ballplayers into the United States from receiving money from a group of foreign players or their family members.

  • March 21, 2017

    Maryland Bill To Block Immigration Inquiries Advances

    Maryland’s House of Delegates approved a bill Monday to limit state law enforcement officials' cooperation with federal immigration enforcement requests, a measure that includes prohibiting officers from stopping people to ask about their immigration status.

  • March 21, 2017

    Ex-Boeing, National Security Group Execs Take DHS Posts

    President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that a former senior executive at The Boeing Co. and the former executive director for the national security nonprofit Americans for Peace, Prosperity, and Security will serve in key roles at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

  • March 21, 2017

    Mass. Can Detain Immigrants, State High Court Told

    Massachusetts told the highest court in the commonwealth Monday that although state law does not authorize its courts to continue to detain an undocumented immigrant in custody based solely on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer, state and local law enforcement can work with the agency to detain such individuals in other ways.

  • March 21, 2017

    DHS Bars Carry-On Electronic Devices On Certain Int'l Flights

    International travelers coming to the U.S. from certain Middle Eastern and African airports are barred from having personal electronic devices larger than a cellphone or smartphone in their carry-ons under a new order the Trump administration announced Tuesday.

  • March 21, 2017

    DHS Report Shows FOIA Requests, Backlog Rising

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s backlog of unprocessed Freedom of Information Act requests continued to grow during 2016, driven largely by an avalanche of individual immigration-related requests, a new report released on Monday indicates.

  • March 21, 2017

    SEC Fights Atty's Bid to Toss $9.6M EB-5 Investor Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has shot back at a bid by an attorney to toss accusations that he stole $9.6 million from foreigners participating in the EB-5 immigrant investor program, saying the court already denied his arguments when it issued an asset freeze.

  • March 20, 2017

    ICE Lists Immigrants Freed In Defiance Of Detainer Request

    The Trump administration released a report Monday showing 206 immigrants suspected or convicted of crimes were released in one week earlier this year despite federal requests to detain them.

  • March 20, 2017

    Accounting Firm, Ex-Manager Settle Trade Secret, Visa Row

    A California federal judge on Friday approved a settlement between accounting firm SOAProjects and the former employee it accused of coercing a human resources staffer to change his visa status and stealing trade secrets to launch a competitor company, AppWrap, with his wife.

  • March 20, 2017

    Wedlock Caveat Voids Man’s Citizenship, 2nd Circ. Says

    The Second Circuit on Friday upheld a decision effectively revoking the U.S. citizenship of a Dominican Republic native who became a citizen as a child when his father was naturalized in 1980, finding he didn’t qualify as “legitimate” under the laws of that era because he was born out of wedlock.

  • March 20, 2017

    Arpaio Seeks Trial Delay, Citing Bar Mitzvah Of New Atty's Son

    Former Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio asked to put off a trial over whether he flouted a ban on profiling Latinos at traffic stops, saying on Friday the trial conflicts with a new lawyer’s son’s bar mitzvah ceremony, but the government shot back Monday that was a weak excuse to delay the proceedings.

  • March 20, 2017

    Immigration Judges Sent To Deportation Centers, Big Cities

    The U.S. Department of Justice has sent immigration judges to six detention centers not too far from the Mexican border and to major cities across the U.S. in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order calling for the construction of a border wall and an increase in immigration enforcement, according to a notice on Friday.

  • March 20, 2017

    9th Circ. Rift Emerges Over Trump Travel Ban Ruling

    The chorus of Ninth Circuit judges who believe that a federal judge's decision blocking President Donald Trump’s first immigration executive order should have received en banc reconsideration grew louder on Friday, as two more judges took the chance to slam the appellate panel's February opinion refusing to lift the stay.

  • March 20, 2017

    Partisan Sparks Fly At Gorsuch Hearing’s First Day

    Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, pushed back against accusations of bias at the opening of his confirmation hearing Monday, as criticisms over the Senate delay on filling the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat dominated much of the first day.

  • March 20, 2017

    Hawaii Court Denies Clarification Bid In Travel Ban Case

    The Hawaii federal judge who blocked President Donald J. Trump's revised travel ban shot down the government's bid for "clarification" of the court's temporary restraining order on Sunday, saying there was "nothing unclear" regarding the scope of the decision. 

  • March 20, 2017

    Berry Appleman Nabs Sr. USCIS Atty, Opens In Dubai

    Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP on Monday said it has strengthened its compliance and government strategies group in its San Francisco office with the addition of a senior ranking U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services lawyer, nearly a week after the firm announced the opening of an office in Dubai.

  • March 20, 2017

    H-1B Random Lottery System Is Justified, Ore. Court Says

    An Oregon federal court has upheld the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ randomized lottery system for awarding H-1B visas, striking down arguments from class-action petitioners who said the agency ran afoul of immigration law by not offering a waiting list.

Expert Analysis

  • Will Pena-Rodriguez V. Colorado Apply To Civil Cases?

    M. Christian King

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week in Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado that no-impeachment rules must yield to the Sixth Amendment's right to an impartial jury in a criminal investigation. Though Pena-Rodriguez has much to recommend to the civil side of the jury system, the analysis in the opinion may not be easily extended, say M. Christian King and Wesley Gilchrist of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Early Days Of New Administration Show Influence Of TROs

    Lauren  E. Aguiar

    President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning travel to the U.S. by certain people from several Muslim-majority countries, and the related preliminary injunctive orders, are directly related to concepts of immigration law. However, the temporary restraining order mechanism available under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65(b) is relevant to many practitioners, say attorneys at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • In The Associate Lateral Market, All Law Firms Are Not Equal

    Darin R. Morgan

    When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.

  • 9th Circ. Legal Concerns Influence Trump's New Travel Ban

    Kari Konikowski Blackman

    President Donald Trump's new executive order banning travel to the U.S. by certain people from six Muslim-majority countries was clearly drafted to address structural defects and constitutional concerns outlined by the Ninth Circuit. However, it is unclear whether the changes will be sufficient to withstand legal challenges, says Kari Konikowski Blackman of Foster LLP.

  • Data Analytics Now Cost-Effective For Smaller Firms

    Chris Paskach

    A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of Am Law 200 firms are now using data analytics, compared to only about a tenth of regional and boutique firms. Yet the exploding market for data analytics technology in business is making these productivity tools available for any size matter or firm, say Christopher Paskach of The Claro Group and Douglas Johnston Jr. of Five Management LLC.

  • Don’t Underestimate The Value Of An Internal Audit

    Justin Gwin

    Most legal and business leaders know that internal culture — including tone, operating style, standard of behavior and shared values that guide employee decisions — can make or break a firm. An internal audit can assess a firm's culture and identify potential issues within the organization, says Justin Gwin of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Electronic Device Searches At Airports: Business As Usual?

    A. Jeff Ifrah

    In the midst of the furor over President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, travelers and employers should not overlook another recent suggestion by the administration: that foreign visitors to the U.S. be required to disclose information from their personal electronic devices before being allowed to enter the country, say Jeff Ifrah and David Yellin of Ifrah Law.

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.