Immigration

  • 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.

  • September 8, 2017

    Law360 Reveals The Global 20 Firms Of 2017

    When it comes to having the global expertise to handle complex cross-border matters spanning multiple time zones, some firms stand out from the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its seventh annual ranking of the firms with the biggest international presence.

  • September 8, 2017

    Where The Global 20 Are Bolstering Their Ranks

    Australia, Brazil and Germany have emerged as premier hubs for global law firm expansion in 2017, fueled in part by increased anti-corruption enforcement in Brazil, infrastructure investment in Sydney and the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union.

  • September 8, 2017

    Global Firms Snap Up India Work With Liberalization In Limbo

    International law firms play a crucial role in India despite being barred from practicing there, and some say opening up the country’s legal industry wouldn’t drastically change how they do business.

  • September 8, 2017

    DOJ Gives Grant Advantage For Aiding Immig. Enforcement

    The U.S. Department of Justice notified state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies Thursday that they can earn bonus points on their grant applications for fiscal year 2017 by cooperating with federal efforts against unauthorized immigration.

  • September 8, 2017

    UC President Sues Trump Admin. To Save DACA

    University of California President Janet Napolitano hit the Trump administration with a lawsuit in California federal court Friday, seeking to save the federal program she helped create that protects more than 800,000 young immigrants from deportation and allows them to work in the United States legally.

  • September 8, 2017

    Sens. Aim To Shield Exchange Visas From Any Trump Cuts

    The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Thursday to make the White House seek public comment before slashing the number of J-1 visas for a privately funded cultural exchange program, which the committee said offers diplomatic and national security benefits along with positive economic impact.

  • September 8, 2017

    Colo. Republican Won't Force Vote On DACA Replacement

    A Republican congressman said Thursday that he is postponing an effort to force a vote on a bill deferring deportations and extending work permits to recipients of the endangered Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    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.

  • What Does Trump’s Raise Act Support Mean For Employers?

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    While the recently introduced Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act is not currently expected to be approved by Congress, the Trump administration’s endorsement of the bill signals transformative changes for employer sponsorship of foreign workers. Elizabeth Espín Stern and Paul Virtue of Mayer Brown LLP discuss the most significant changes for employers.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Before Entering Joint-Representation AFA

    Natalie Hanlon Leh

    One growing trend is for clients to enter into alternative fee arrangements in which one law firm represents multiple parties who “share” fees and costs in a related matter. This way parties can more efficiently manage a matter and reduce their individual legal fees. But joint representation is not without its own risks and challenges, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Legal Incubators Can Help New Lawyers And Society

    Martin Pritikin

    Legal incubators serve as an important bridge to practice and a crucial step toward aligning the incentives of new lawyers with the needs of their clients. They may even pose a threat to the traditional law school model itself, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University.

  • How To Prioritize Your Law Firm's Crisis Response Plan

    Michelle Samuels

    If the media is going to cover your law firm’s crisis, they are going to cover it with or without your firm’s input. But your involvement can help shape the story and improve your firm’s image in the public eye, says Michelle Samuels, vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Closing Argument

    Stephen Susman

    In the final article in this series on proposed innovations to the American jury trial, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project sum up the improvements they believe the U.S. jury system desperately needs.

  • 5 Questions All AFAs Should Answer Clearly

    Gregory Lantier

    While no particular form is required to establish a durable alternative fee arrangement, there are terms that should, for the benefit of both client and outside attorney, be expressly set forth in the agreement itself, but are often overlooked, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Gay Couple's Cake Poses Big 1st Amendment Questions

    JoAnne Sweeny

    Although the facts and background of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission — the “gay wedding cake” case that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next term — are relatively simple, the case represents a complex conflict between First Amendment and anti-discrimination claims, says JoAnne Sweeny, associate professor of law at the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

  • Cybersecurity Risks In The Courtroom

    Daniel Garrie

    As cybercriminals continue to look for easy targets, the court system will surely enter their crosshairs. If judges and court personnel do not maintain proper data security and cyber hygiene, confidential litigant information can fall into the hands of a wide variety of bad actors, say Daniel Garrie of JAMS, David Cass of IBM Cloud, Joey Johnson of Premise Health Inc. and Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility LLC.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.