Immigration

  • November 14, 2017

    Groups Challenge Trump Admin’s Latest Refugee Restrictions

    The latest version of the Trump administration’s bid to restrict the entry into the United States of refugees from several predominantly Muslim countries violates the American Constitution and should be barred by a Washington federal court, several organizations and individuals asserted in a suit filed Monday.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sen. Committee Advances DHS Secretary Nomination

    A Senate panel on Tuesday gave its stamp of approval to Kirstjen Nielsen to be the next homeland security secretary and sent her nomination to the full chamber, after having previously delayed a vote on the issue.

  • November 14, 2017

    FBI Dodges Muslim Worker's Bias Claim At DC Circ.

    A D.C. Circuit panel affirmed the dismissal Tuesday of a suit alleging the FBI revoked a worker’s security clearance due to his Muslim faith because he didn’t make this argument before the bureau, with one judge rejecting the government’s claims the revocation is unreviewable.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sessions Backs Trump Immigration Policy Before House Panel

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump’s actions on immigration, including ending the deferred action program, arguing a House panel needs to do more to curb illegal immigration.

  • November 14, 2017

    VC Group Pushes For Win In Foreign Entrepreneur Rule Row

    A venture capital group and others asked a D.C. federal court Monday to vacate a Trump administration rule that delayed an Obama-era regulation for international entrepreneurs, arguing it’s not lawful because the government did not give time for public notice or comment.

  • November 14, 2017

    Ill. Man Admits Money Laundering Role In Call Center Scams

    An Illinois man has copped to a charge related to his purported role in laundering money that scammers at call centers in India fraudulently obtained from American victims by pretending to be Internal Revenue Service agents and other government officials, Texas federal prosecutors announced Monday.

  • November 14, 2017

    Trump Picks Immigration Hawk To Keep Helming ICE

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan, a nearly three-decade veteran of immigration enforcement who is known for his hawkish views on the issue, to continue heading the agency on a permanent basis.

  • November 13, 2017

    USCIS Spells Out 'Function Manager' Position Guidelines

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a new adopted-decision policy memo Thursday that lays out the requirements for an immigrant to be employed as a “function manager.”

  • November 13, 2017

    Rep. Slams Rejection Of DACA Applications Delayed In Mail

    An Illinois congressman said Friday that it was “unacceptable” for federal officials to deny at least 21 renewal applications for the endangered Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that were sent on time but apparently mishandled by the U.S. Postal Service.

  • November 13, 2017

    Justice Kagan Steps Back From Immigrant Detention Case

    Justice Elena Kagan has taken herself off a high-profile case over immigrant detention, according to a letter filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, after it was discovered that she greenlighted a filing in the case while she was solicitor general.

  • November 13, 2017

    High Court Urged To Review Convicted Resident's Deportation

    A Dominican man who is a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review his bid to cancel a removal order after he tried to re-enter the country after a brief vacation with a record of prior convictions for drug offenses.

  • November 13, 2017

    Chevron Gets Age, Disability Claims Trimmed In Bias Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday partially dismissed a suit alleging a Chevron Corp. supervisor discriminated against a Nigerian analyst by taking him off projects ahead of his firing, saying his age and disability discrimination claims were filed too late, but he laid out a reasonable national origin discrimination case.

  • November 13, 2017

    Trump's Travel Ban Block Narrowed By 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday nixed much of a lower court’s injunction on the Trump administration’s third travel ban, reinstating limitations on nationals of six countries but carving out an exception for people with family living in the U.S. or with an offer from a university or employer.

  • November 13, 2017

    Atty Who Called ICE About Client's Worker Fights FLSA Link

    A California attorney has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit decision that found he could be sued by a client’s former employee for alleged retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act after he contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about the worker.

  • November 9, 2017

    DACA Rollback Suits Trimmed, But Allowed To Proceed

    A New York federal judge trimmed two suits challenging the rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program Thursday, nixing some claims regarding notice and information use, but preserving key procedural and racial animus allegations.

  • November 9, 2017

    3 Takeaways From Trump’s Cuba Restrictions

    The Trump administration unveiled new trade and travel restrictions for Cuba that mark a gradual return to decades-old policy limiting American business dealings with the Communist island nation. Here, Law360 examines key takeaways from the travel restrictions in the U.S.'s updated Cuba sanctions policy.

  • November 9, 2017

    New NJ Gov. Poised To Pit State's Legal Muscle Against Trump

    With the election of a new, Democratic governor, New Jersey will likely join California, New York and other states where attorneys general are actively challenging Trump administration policies on the environment, immigration and health care, experts say.

  • November 9, 2017

    Watchdog Sues DOJ For Russian Lawyer’s Immigration Docs

    The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act suit in federal court Thursday against the U.S. Department of Justice, seeking immigration records about a Russian lawyer whose June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. sparked controversy.

  • November 9, 2017

    Senate Panel Delays Vote On Trump's Pick To Head DHS

    A Senate committee Thursday pushed back a vote on President Donald Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to give the nominee time to answer a slew of post-hearing questions.

  • November 9, 2017

    ACLU Says Detention Of Iraqis Violates Constitution

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday asked a Michigan federal court to order the release of a group of more than 1,000 Iraqi immigrants who are being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying that their detention violates the Immigration and Nationality Act and is unconstitutional.

Expert Analysis

  • Dealing With H-1B Extensions In The New No-Deference Era

    Rabindra Singh

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna recently implemented a new policy memo that specifically instructs all USCIS officers not to give deference to any previously approved nonimmigrant visa petition. In light of the policy shift, Rabindra Singh of Immigration Attorneys LLP shares a few practice pointers to consider before filing an H-1B extension petition.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.