Immigration

  • November 6, 2017

    What Trump’s War On Regulations Means For Lawyers

    Corporations and their attorneys can be some of the country’s most ardent deregulation enthusiasts, but many are struggling to navigate uncertainty clouding the Trump administration’s efforts to pare down the rulebook.

  • November 6, 2017

    NYC Extends Paid Sick Leave To Abuse, Trafficking Victims

    New York City expanded its paid sick leave law Monday to include victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault, allowing them to take paid time off to receive services or attend various legal proceedings and health appointments related to those abuses.

  • November 3, 2017

    DOJ Seeks Quick Ruling In Chicago Sanctuary City Funds Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday asked an Illinois federal judge to rule quickly on the city of Chicago’s motion for partial reconsideration in the fight over “sanctuary city” funding, telling the court that without a speedy ruling, a part of the case stalled in the Seventh Circuit will be stuck.

  • November 3, 2017

    Microsoft, Princeton Sue In Attempt To Stop DACA Rollback

    Microsoft and Princeton University sued the federal government in D.C. federal court on Friday in a bid to stop the rollback of a deportation protection program for young immigrants known as DACA, adding to the pile of lawsuits trying to keep the policy alive.

  • November 3, 2017

    Trump, 12 States Urge 4th, 9th Circs. To Lift Travel Ban Halt

    The Trump administration on Thursday urged the Ninth Circuit to lift a pause on the latest version of a travel ban into the U.S. for nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries, while Texas, Florida and 10 other states supported the federal government’s requests at both the Fourth and Ninth Circuit.

  • November 3, 2017

    Gov't Seeks To Bring Immigrant Abortion Row To High Court

    The federal government asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to hear a case involving a teenage unauthorized immigrant who had an abortion, hoping to clear the way for nixing relief claims involving other pregnant unaccompanied minors, and floated the idea of disciplinary action against her attorneys.

  • November 3, 2017

    Visa Applicants Say Now-Moot Travel Ban Doesn't Moot Suit

    A putative class of visa applicants told a D.C. federal judge Friday their lawsuit over the State Department's denial of diversity visas because of President Donald Trump’s travel ban should not be tossed because of the start of a new fiscal year or the expiration of Trump’s order.

  • November 3, 2017

    Pizza Co. To Pay $130K In Back Wages To H-1B Worker

    A Pennsylvania pizza restaurant and its owner will pay more than $130,000 in back wages to end a U.S. Department of Labor proceeding over its alleged failure to properly compensate an employee working on an H-1B visa, agency documents made public Friday said. 

  • November 3, 2017

    Feds Seek To Deny Entry To Russian Atty Who Met Trump Jr.

    Government lawyers told a New York federal judge Wednesday there’s no reason for a Russian businessman and his lawyer, who became embroiled in controversy after it was revealed she met with Donald Trump Jr. during the presidential campaign, to be granted entry to the U.S. for a money laundering and tax fraud case in which the government claims several Russian companies failed to make a $5.9 million settlement payment.

  • November 3, 2017

    DHS Looks To Increase Agency Cooperation After IG Report

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is creating a group to coordinate immigration efforts across agencies, the result of recommendations made recently by DHS’ Office of Inspector General in a report released on Thursday.

  • November 3, 2017

    San Francisco Says Feds Are Inconsistent In Sanctuary Suits

    San Francisco on Thursday urged a California federal court to review what the city considers the federal government’s contradictory positions in two related cases that challenge President Donald Trump’s positions on withholding federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities.

  • November 2, 2017

    Gov't Pushes 4th Circ. To Nix Travel Ban Injunction

    The federal government on Wednesday urged the Fourth Circuit to reverse an injunction against President Trump’s third version of a travel ban, arguing the proclamation at issue can’t be nullified due to “some perceived historical taint” from the past bans or campaign statements.

  • November 2, 2017

    BIA Won't Halt Removal Cases For Certain Asylum Claims

    The Board of Immigration Appeals ruled Thursday that immigration judges do not have the power to end deportation proceedings so an immigrant can bring asylum claims to an asylum officer, reinstating removal proceedings against two Mexican citizens.

  • November 2, 2017

    Feds Defend DACA's End As States, Cos. Seek To Block Move

    A flurry of motions on Wednesday swept through several federal cases in California challenging a proposed phaseout for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, with the federal government seeking to toss the suits, the plaintiffs angling to temporarily block DACA’s end, and Google, IBM, Facebook and dozens of other companies voicing opposition to the Trump administration’s plans.

  • November 2, 2017

    Naturalization Oath Violates The Constitution, Suit Says

    A French citizen who has been seeking U.S. citizenship for almost a decade hit Congress with a lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court on Thursday, saying that the inclusion of the words “so help me God” in the naturalization oath violates her constitutional rights.

  • November 2, 2017

    Philly Follows Immig. Law, Judge Hints In Sanctuary City Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge suggested at a hearing Thursday that Philadelphia was largely in compliance with a disputed requirement the city follow U.S. immigration law in order to qualify for an annual policing grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • November 2, 2017

    Iranian Groups Blast Travel Ban In DC Fed. Court

    Representatives for a group of Iranian nationals urged a D.C. federal judge to issue an injunction against the Trump administration’s latest travel ban on a group of predominantly Muslim nations, saying the restrictions on travelers and refugees are driven by animus toward Iranians and Muslims.

  • November 2, 2017

    Agent, Trainer Get Prison For Smuggling Cuban Ballplayers

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday sentenced a sports trainer to more than five years in prison and a baseball agent to nearly four years for their roles in a smuggling ring that brought more than a dozen Cuban ballplayers into the U.S. illegally and made the pair millions of dollars.

  • November 2, 2017

    Sessions Calls For Encrypted Device Access After NY Attack

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking Thursday in New York after eight people were killed this week in an attack the city labeled an “act of terror,” called on tech companies to give law enforcement access to encrypted devices and for more stringent immigration controls, while also urging Congress to continue its authorization of foreign surveillance.

  • November 1, 2017

    States, Advocacy Group Fire Back In DACA Cases

    A group of states, as well as several individuals and a Latino advocacy group, urged a New York federal court Wednesday not to dismiss a pair of high-profile cases challenging the rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying the program isn’t immune from judicial review.

Expert Analysis

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    The Inside Counsel Revolution

    Ben Heineman

    The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.

  • 2 More Strikes Against The Travel Ban

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    President Donald Trump’s most recent attempt to implement a travel ban by executive order has now been enjoined from implementation by two separate district courts in Hawaii and Maryland. However, the courts relied on very different grounds as the basis for their rulings, which could hurt the plaintiffs when, as is likely, the cases are reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • How Arbitrators Maintain Proportionality In Discovery

    Richard Seymour

    There has been much discussion of discovery proportionality in federal litigation since the December 2015 changes to Civil Rule 26. But arbitrators have long used procedures to simplify the discovery process that courts have only recently begun to adopt, says attorney and arbitrator Richard Seymour.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • A 6-Month Reflection On 'Buy American And Hire American'

    Jacob Cherry

    Reading the text of President Donald Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American" executive order, most commentators believed that the likelihood of immediate and substantive changes to the employment-based immigration system were minimal. However, as we cross the order’s six-month anniversary, the reality has been sharply different, says Jacob Cherry of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Trump Admin Adds New Hurdle To US Green Card Process

    Brian Coughlin

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced a sweeping change to the employment-based lawful permanent residence process with the introduction of mandatory interviews for applicants. The agency has touted expected improvements to national security and the overall process, but it has also admitted that the change presents a logistical challenge, says Brian Coughlin of Davis Malm & D'Agostine PC.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.