Immigration

  • July 19, 2017

    High Court Nixes Bid To Include Grandparents In Travel Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the government’s bid to include grandparents and other relatives in its travel ban, dealing a setback to the Trump administration on its travel restriction policy.

  • July 18, 2017

    Attys Get Ready To Sprint For Coveted H-2B Worker Visas

    With a rule allowing an extra 15,000 H-2B visas slated to take effect Wednesday, attorneys are gearing up to help clients apply for the coveted visas as soon as possible, which may include submitting extra evidence about the potential harms employers could face.

  • July 18, 2017

    High Court Urged To Exclude Grandparents From Travel Ban

    The state of Hawaii on Tuesday struck back against the Trump administration's call for the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify whether its June travel ban ruling applied to grandparents and other relatives, saying the request was "procedurally improper and substantially unnecessary."

  • July 18, 2017

    Sen. Unblocks USCIS Pick Rights Groups Call Anti-Immigrant

    Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., lifted a hold on President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Monday, the same day more than 300 immigrant advocacy groups urged the Senate to oppose the confirmation saying the nominee will advance “cruel policies targeting immigrants.”

  • July 18, 2017

    Jones Day Partner Tapped For DOJ Made $2.2M Last Year

    The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division's potential new chief raked in just over $2.2 million from Jones Day last year, according to a financial disclosure that offered a rare peek into the global firm's senior-level compensation.

  • July 18, 2017

    Immigration Pro Joins Ulmer & Berne's Cleveland Office

    Ulmer & Berne LLP announced Monday that it has strengthened its immigration practice with the acquisition of immigration law firm David Wolfe Leopold & Associates, whose founder, David W. Leopold, will be a partner in the firm’s Cleveland office.

  • July 18, 2017

    Refugee Bureau Should Stay Under State Dept., Diplomats Say

    The U.S. Department of State should not relinquish a bureau that deals with refugee resettlement and transfer its authority to the Department of Homeland Security, according to a bipartisan letter sent to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

  • July 17, 2017

    11th Circ. Sides With Gov't In Marriage Fraud Case

    The Eleventh Circuit on Monday sided against two people in a case over the denial of a petition for an immigrant visa for a spouse, finding that “substantial” evidence backed up the conclusion that one of the participant’s prior marriage wasn’t legitimate.

  • July 17, 2017

    Extra 15K H-2B Visas To Be Allowed, Gov't Says

    The federal government will allow an additional 15,000 H-2B visas for temporary guestworkers this fiscal year, according to a preview notice filed Monday, although petitioners will have to attest that their companies would be likely to incur “irreparable harm” if they can’t get H-2B workers.

  • July 17, 2017

    Green Card Scammer In Connecticut Gets 3 Years In Prison

    A Connecticut federal judge on Monday sentenced a man to 38 months in prison and ordered him to pay $492,025 in restitution after he pled guilty to wire fraud in connection with a green card scam targeting Vietnamese immigrants, prosecutors announced.

  • July 17, 2017

    P&G Faces Immigrant Discrimination Class Action

    A prospective Procter & Gamble Co. intern filed a class action in Florida federal court Monday, claiming the company discriminated against his DACA immigration status when he was not selected for its internship program.

  • July 17, 2017

    Plan To Cut Legal Immigration Likely To Be Uphill Battle

    President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to back a plan to reduce legal immigration, and while the proposal will likely have a tough time getting through Congress, its circulation could still contribute to a chilling effect on immigration, attorneys say.

  • July 17, 2017

    Justices Give Hawaii Until Tuesday For Travel Ban Response

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday gave Hawaii until noon Tuesday to respond to the Trump administration’s bid for the high court to clarify how the revised travel ban should apply to “close family” and refugees after a Hawaii federal court recently broadened the government’s guidance.

  • July 14, 2017

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2017, our list of 156 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.

  • July 14, 2017

    Immigration Policy To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2017

    The Trump administration has laid the groundwork for an active slate of immigration policy in the second half of the year, including moves on H-1B visas, mandatory E-Verify and the possible revocation of DACA. Here, Law360 takes a look at these and other regulatory changes to watch in the back half of 2017.

  • July 14, 2017

    4th Circ. Erred In Nixing Removal Order Over Sex Abuse: Feds

    The Office of the U.S. Attorney General has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a case in which the Fourth Circuit found a man from El Salvador was not removable after he pled guilty to sexually abusing a child his mother was caring for.

  • July 14, 2017

    Mayan Refugees Duped By Fake Atty Seek High Court Relief

    A family of indigenous Guatemalan refugees that hid from immigration authorities for more than a decade after being ordered to leave the country has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their case, saying they fell victim to a “fraudster” posing as an immigration attorney during the original proceedings.

  • July 14, 2017

    Akerman Adds 4 Partners To Labor And Employment Group

    Akerman LLP is continuing the national expansion of its labor and employment practice group with the addition of four partners formerly with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Holland & Knight, Fragomen and Blank Rome, the law firm announced Thursday.

  • July 14, 2017

    US Refugee Admissions Hit Trump's 50,000 Fiscal Year Cap

    U.S. refugee admissions surpassed the Trump administration’s 50,000 cap, according to U.S. Department of State data, barring further entry to those without “bona fide” connections to the U.S. 

  • July 14, 2017

    Grandparents Exempt From Trump Travel Ban: Hawaii Court

    A Hawaii federal court on Thursday broadened the definition of which “extended” family members may come to the U.S. under President Donald Trump’s travel ban, partially rejecting U.S. Department of State guidance that blocked grandparents and grandchildren.

Expert Analysis

  • Welcome Changes For Cos. Hiring Foreign Talent: Part 1

    Andrew Greenfield

    A new immigration regulation that went into effect earlier this year provides for greater flexibility in the ways U.S. employers can recruit and sponsor foreign professionals for temporary visas and U.S. permanent residence. In this three-part series Andrew Greenfield of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP discusses how the new rules will impact various aspects of employers' recruiting and sponsorship practices.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Firm Before Accepting A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel experienced with alternative fee arrangements will have many war stories regarding successful — and less successful — fee arrangements. Asking outside counsel to share these experiences can provide useful insight into the strength of a proposed AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    Why You Should Argue Your Appeal

    Stewart Milch

    Conventional wisdom says that oral argument is a mere formality; that in courts where judges read briefs in advance, their minds are made up and will rarely — if ever — change. But conventional wisdom notwithstanding, oral argument can be critical, says Stewart Milch of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • 6 Ways Teaching A Law School Class Can Benefit Lawyers

    Steven Allison

    Though teaching a law school class may be one of the last things on a busy practitioner's to-do list, it's a misconception that teaching will benefit only those who are looking to leave the practice of law and enter academia. It also offers several practical benefits, especially for more junior lawyers looking for stand-up experience, say Steven Allison and Samrah Mahmoud of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • What To Know About High Court's Travel Ban Ruling

    Maria Fernanda Gandarez

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court partially lifted the preliminary injunctions that blocked President Donald Trump’s “travel ban” executive order. However, continuing litigation and subsequent revisions and implementation have significantly narrowed the effect of the order particularly with respect to business travelers, say Maria Fernanda Gandarez and Matthew Kolodziej of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Client Before Proposing A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.

  • US Law Firms Face Discovery Of Foreign Clients' Records

    Steven Kobre

    The law relating to the taking of discovery directly from U.S. law firms is evolving in favor of disclosure when documents have been provided to third parties. Law firms must be vigilant in handling their clients' documents or face being responsible for producing them to third parties, say Steven Kobre and John Han of Kobre & Kim LLP.