Immigration

  • January 11, 2017

    Sen. Booker, Rep. John Lewis Blast Sessions AG Nomination

    Sen. Cory Booker, along with several African-American congressmen, railed against the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general Wednesday, claiming he would move the country back toward a “darker period in our nation’s history” on several issues, including civil and LGBT rights.

  • January 11, 2017

    BigLaw Attys, GCs Oppose Sessions As Attorney General

    Lawyers from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, a former federal judge and 100-plus other attorneys and general counsel have told lawmakers that Sen. Jeff Sessions should not be confirmed as U.S. attorney general because his record suggests he would neglect civil rights laws.

  • January 11, 2017

    Sports Agent Wants Taxes Kept Out Of Smuggling Trial

    A sports agent who allegedly participated in a $16 million scheme to smuggle Cuban baseball players asked a Florida federal court Wednesday to exclude evidence he filed his income taxes late for several years, claiming it is irrelevant to the charges against him.

  • January 11, 2017

    New Requirements Pitched For Exchange Visitor Program

    The U.S. Department of State said Wednesday it is considering adding a series of restrictions to the Exchange Visitor Program, including limits on the number of hours that participants could work at night and the number of repeat visits they could make.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • New Form I-9 Means More Immigration-Related Change In 2017

    Christine A. Samsel

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' revised Form I-9 offers new features and imposes some different requirements. Some modifications enhance the form, while some may result in more technical violations, particularly for employers who continue to use paper versions of the form, say Christine Samsel and Hannah Caplan of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • EEOC's New 4-Year Plan: What Employers Need To Know

    Michelle Lee Flores

    In its updated strategic enforcement plan for fiscal years 2017 to 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission added some new priorities, including issues related to complex employment structures in the 21st-century workplace, and backlash discrimination against Muslims, Sikhs and persons of Arab, Middle Eastern or South Asian descent, says Michelle Lee Flores of Cozen O’Connor PC.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • REVIEW: The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.

  • Tenet Case Signals Shift In Health Care Fraud Enforcement

    Demme Doufekias

    Tenet Healthcare's recent $513 million settlement is an important development for health care companies because it demonstrates the impact of the U.S. Department of Justice’s expanded resources and nationwide focus on combating corporate health care fraud, say Demme Doufekias and Sandeep Nandivada of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Avoiding Law Firm BYOD Risks: Tips For Securing Devices

    Everett Monroe

    Many believe that the solutions to the security problems created by using smartphones for work are primarily technological, but a much larger piece of the puzzle involves the human factor. To achieve reasonable security around mobile devices, law firms must go back to basics — clear policies, effective training and thoughtful oversight, says Everett Monroe of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • 4 Ways Lawyers Can Improve Their Marketing

    Mike Mellor

    Attorneys may not realize the breadth of services that their marketing, design and library teams offer. One of the things I like to do when attorneys start at our firm is give them a download of the kinds of problems we can solve for them so they know how to work with us most effectively, says Mike Mellor, director of marketing at Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • What To Expect In The Remaining Days Of The 114th Congress

    Lisa V. Tofil

    Overshadowing the onset of the lame-duck session of the 114th Congress was the dramatic presidential election. Anticipating Republican majorities in the Congress and the newly sworn-in President Donald J. Trump in January of 2017 is affecting the strategies of both parties during the lame-duck session, say attorneys at Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Beyond Bean Counting: How Legal Can Add True Value

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    For legal departments to stay in front of the crowd, cost-cutting alone is not enough. Neither is claims-driven revenue generation, nor running endless analytics of outside legal spend. This is short-term, passive, scarcity-based thinking that keeps legal departments from offering their corporate clients the greatest possible value — competitive advantage, says David Wallace of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.