Immigration

  • 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.

  • September 12, 2017

    BIA Abused Discretion In Religious Asylum Bid: 10th Circ.

    The Board of Immigration Appeals abused its discretion by denying a bid by a Chinese woman to reopen her asylum petition based on religious persecution after she introduced additional evidence that suggested the Chinese government increasingly persecuted Christians in 2014 and 2015, the Tenth Circuit held Monday.

  • September 12, 2017

    Kansas High Court Bars Immigrants' Identity Theft Verdicts

    The Kansas Supreme Court reversed identity theft convictions for three immigrants who used other people’s Social Security numbers to gain employment at various restaurants, finding that their prosecution was preempted by federal immigration law.

  • September 11, 2017

    Menendez Provided Visa Help For Doctor, Ex-Staffer Says

    A onetime aide to Sen. Bob Menendez said Monday at the lawmaker's and a Florida ophthalmologist's bribery trial that the senator directed him in 2008 to assist with visa applications for the doctor's alleged girlfriends, but defense counsel noted that Menendez provided similar advocacy that same year for unrelated applicants.

  • September 11, 2017

    Trump Admin. Hit With 2nd AGs Suit Over DACA Rescission

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and three other Democratic attorneys general filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA in California federal court on Monday, the second of its kind from states arguing the move is unconstitutional.

  • September 11, 2017

    InfoSpan Asks 9th Circ. For Redo Of $554M Secrets Trial

    U.S. fintech firm InfoSpan urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to order a new trial on its claims that banking giant Emirates NBD cost it $554 million by stealing its cellphone-based payment system, arguing Emirates manipulated the jury with improperly admitted evidence.

  • September 11, 2017

    Attys Sound The Alarm Over Advance Parole Denials

    President Donald Trump's splashy moves on immigration have been dominating the headlines, but immigration attorneys say other changes are also afoot, with the government allegedly denying requests for “advance parole,” a key document that allows foreign nationals to enter the U.S. if they leave the country.

  • September 11, 2017

    High Court Blocks Vetted Refugee Entry Under Travel Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked part of an injunction that would have admitted certain refugees into the country despite President Donald Trump’s travel ban, as Hawaii lodged its opening salvo in the Aloha State’s high court challenge to the ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.

  • September 11, 2017

    AG Out Of Bounds In Sanctuary City Battle, Judge Told

    The U.S. attorney general stepped far outside his authority when he tacked several new, immigration-focused conditions onto a public safety grant as part of the Trump administration’s battle against so-called “sanctuary cities,” attorneys for the city of Chicago told an Illinois federal judge Monday.

  • September 11, 2017

    Deported Seismic Consultant Sues Houston Immigration Firm

    A South African citizen who works as a seismic consultant in the energy industry filed a lawsuit Friday against Houston immigration law firm Foster LLP, alleging it was the negligence of the firm and its attorney that led to his deportation after he bought a home and put down roots in Texas.

  • September 11, 2017

    Porter Wright Opens In Pittsburgh With Ex-K&L Gates Partner

    Columbus, Ohio-based Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP has hired a new partner-in-charge, an 18-year veteran of employment-based immigration law, to spearhead the opening of its new office in Pittsburgh, marking the firm’s first organic growth in three decades.

  • September 11, 2017

    Texas Judge Says States Erred In Bid To Pull DACA Challenge

    A Texas federal judge on Friday told Texas and a group of other states they can’t merely dismiss their challenge to federal deferred deportation programs, saying the “extensive and hard-fought clashes over the merits” of the case mean dismissal by notice to the court is not appropriate.

  • September 8, 2017

    Why More Global Giants Are Renouncing Their HQs

    As more and more international legal giants opt to renounce their headquarters — a move that can woo clients and merger partners alike — experts say it’s a step that also brings its own set of management challenges.

  • September 8, 2017

    Firms Stay The Course On London Growth Amid Brexit Haze

    A year after the U.K.’s vote to end its membership in the European Union, most firms are either hewing to existing expansion plans or making tweaks around the edges, with even the most avid crystal ball-gazers at a loss for what Brexit will mean in the long term.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Responding To A 'Notice Of Intent To Revoke' From DHS

    David Serwer

    While the U.S. Department of Homeland Security immigration enforcement mechanisms that grab headlines tend to be worksite raids or I-9 penalties, an increasingly common DHS enforcement tactic is the issuance of a notice of intent to revoke, say David Serwer and Matthew Gorman of Baker McKenzie.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.

  • Who Should Be In Charge Of Visa Processing?

    Lynden Melmed

    To fulfill President Donald Trump’s goal of “extreme vetting” of foreign travelers, the administration is considering whether to make the U.S. Department of Homeland Security responsible for both visa policy and visa processing. As the administration considers this change, it will be confronted with strong arguments from both sides of the debate, say Lynden Melmed and Jeff Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Act

    Kristin Jones

    As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.

  • How The IPad Can Be A Litigator's Best Friend

    Paul Kiesel

    New mobile computing tools — both hardware and applications — are changing the technology paradigm for legal practitioners. In particular, the combination of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the LiquidText annotation app can revolutionize both trial preparation and courtroom litigating, says attorney Paul Kiesel, in his latest review of tech trends.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: CPO Vs. CISO

    Mark McCreary

    To understand the role of the law firm chief privacy officer — and why that person ought to be a lawyer — it’s important to distinguish the role they fill from that of the chief information security officer, says Mark McCreary, chief privacy officer for Fox Rothschild LLP.