Immigration

  • June 14, 2017

    Judge Spares SEC's Securities Fraud Suit Against Calif. Atty

    A California federal judge has kept alive the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s securities fraud suit against a California lawyer accused of cheating 135 EB-5 immigrant investors out of $9.5 million, ruling Tuesday that the agency had tightened up its claims enough to survive a dismissal challenge.

  • June 14, 2017

    New Briefing Schedule Issued In High Court Travel Ban Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the federal government and the state of Hawaii to file additional briefs a day after the Ninth Circuit upheld a block on President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, according to an updated briefing schedule in the high court’s docket.

  • June 14, 2017

    NJ Atty Sued For Malpractice Over Biz Immigration Matters

    An immigration attorney has been slapped with a legal malpractice action in New Jersey state court by an information technology business alleging that the lawyer mishandled immigration matters dealing with company employees, leading to unnecessary delays, lost profits and other damages.

  • June 14, 2017

    Deal Means DC Students With Immigrant Parents Can Get Aid

    A D.C. student has settled her suit alleging that a public college financial aid program rejected her because of her mother’s immigration status in violation of her constitutional rights, prompting the government to amend the program's criteria, according to a Tuesday statement from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

  • June 13, 2017

    Citizenship Ruling May Spell Trouble For Plenary Power

    In ruling Monday that it's unconstitutional to treat mothers and fathers differently regarding the transmission of U.S. citizenship, experts say the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a major knock to the plenary power doctrine, which says courts should take a more hands-off approach to immigration.

  • June 13, 2017

    Unauthorized Noncriminal Migrants Should Be Deported: ICE

    The federal government should not wait for unauthorized immigrants to commit a crime before it moves to deport them, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday.

  • June 13, 2017

    Immigrants May Face Tougher Sentences Under Tenn. Law

    Tennessee’s Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law permitting state judges to impose harsher sentences on defendants residing in the U.S. illegally when they commit any criminal offense.

  • June 13, 2017

    Nicola Gudbranson & Cooper Adds Immigration Law Group

    Nicola Gudbranson & Cooper LLC has announced that it will add a full-service immigration law group to its Cleveland office, folding in the immigration law boutique formerly known as Rosner Ortman & Moss Partners.

  • June 13, 2017

    BIA Seeks Ideas On How It Should Probe 'Reprehensible' Acts

    The Board of Immigration Appeals is seeking public input on whether it is barred from using a certain analytical method in determining whether underlying criminal incidents are “reprehensible” and subject an individual to deportation.

  • June 13, 2017

    Deferred Status Restored To Well-Known DACA Recipient

    The government must reinstate deferred deportation status to a woman who has become a high-profile beneficiary of former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a Georgia federal judge ruled on Monday.

  • June 12, 2017

    Justice Ginsburg On Diversity And Persuading Her Colleagues

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses what it means to have three women on the court, the aftermath of hostile Senate confirmation fights, and why justices sometimes do the unexpected, in the first of two articles based on an exclusive interview with the feminist icon.

  • June 12, 2017

    BIA Must Review Athlete's Asylum Denial, 3rd Circ. Says

    An immigration judge’s frequent interruptions, digressive questions and generally hostile tone prevented a Salvadorian soccer player from properly making his case for asylum, the Third Circuit ruled on Monday, granting the player’s review petition.

  • June 12, 2017

    Justices Urged To Maintain Block On Trump Travel Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court should leave in place a preliminary block on President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban set by a Hawaii federal court while the high court considers the matter, the state of Hawaii told the justices Monday.

  • June 12, 2017

    Carriers, Airports Face New Risks If Laptop Ban Is Expanded

    The potential expansion to as many as 71 airports worldwide of a ban on laptops and large electronics in carry-on luggage aboard U.S.-bound flights exposes airlines and airport operators to new safety and compliance risks, raising more questions about the Trump administration’s changing coterie of border security regulations.

  • June 12, 2017

    Iowa High Court Clarifies Fake ID Charges For Immigrants

    A split Iowa Supreme Court held Friday that the state may not use its identity theft statutes to prosecute people unauthorized to be in the U.S. for using forged documents to work in Iowa, determining that federal immigration law supersedes the state statutes.

  • June 12, 2017

    Judge Stays Travel Ban Case Seeking Giuliani Memo

    A Michigan federal judge on Friday paused a case challenging President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban in which a memo drafted by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been sought, saying a stay is warranted in light of the government’s pending appeal of a recent decision upholding the ban.

  • June 12, 2017

    Nepalese Workers Ask Justices To Take KBR Trafficking Suit

    The families of 13 Nepalese victims and one survivor of a 2004 insurgent attack have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a suit against Kellogg Brown & Root Inc. over alleged trafficking that brought them to Iraq, saying the Fifth Circuit improperly applied Supreme Court precedent in rejecting the case.

  • June 12, 2017

    9th Circ. Upholds Block On Trump's Revised Travel Ban

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday kept in place a block on President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, as well as provisions suspending the refugee program and limiting the number of refugees to 50,000 for this fiscal year.

  • June 12, 2017

    Justices Say Gender Gap In Citizenship Transfers Is Unlawful

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a gender-based difference in laws governing the transmission of citizenship to kids born abroad ran afoul of a constitutional principle, but ultimately decided that a current five-year physical presence requirement should apply regarding kids born to unmarried U.S. citizen mothers.

  • June 9, 2017

    ICE Ends Detention Alternative Program, Citing Few Removals

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is ending a detention alternative program for asylum seekers that is less than two years old, pointing to the expense of the program and the small number of deportations associated with it.

Expert Analysis

  • Web Servers: An Overlooked Cybersecurity Risk At Law Firms

    Jeff Schilling

    Many law firms use public-facing websites for business development and to streamline operational processes. While these sites are great for maximizing information-sharing, they could unknowingly be an unlocked gateway into a firm’s most confidential data, says Jeff Schilling of Armor Defense Inc.

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • In Congress: A Major Fiscal Deadline

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    The current continuing resolution expires at midnight on April 28, leaving Congress very little time to strike a deal to keep the government funded and avert a shutdown. Complicating things are reports that the White House may also be pressuring House leadership to schedule a vote this week on a new version of the health care “repeal and replace” bill, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Impact Of 'Buy American And Hire American' On H-1B

    Elizabeth Espin Stern

    President Trump recently signed an executive order addressing the protection of U.S. jobs and preferences for U.S.-manufactured products and goods. While the order has no immediate effect on the processing of H-1B visa petitions, it does give us a clear picture of the administration’s views on the program. The “feeding frenzy” that characterizes the H-1B cap season may well become a thing of the past, say partners of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Litigation Finance, Big Data And The Limits Of AI

    Christopher Bogart

    Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.