Immigration

  • November 30, 2017

    6th Circ. Won't Revive Ex-MEGlobal Worker's Bias Suit

    The Sixth Circuit affirmed an order Thursday ending a worker’s gender discrimination suit against chemical manufacturers MEGlobal International and Dow Chemical Co., saying Michigan federal courts don’t have jurisdiction over the former and the latter is not the worker’s employer.

  • November 30, 2017

    Cozen O'Connor Prevails In Records Dispute Over Cuba Docs

    Cozen O’Connor notched a victory on Wednesday as a Pennsylvania federal judge agreed that the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control had failed to adequately respond to a request from the firm for information about how to secure a license to do business in Cuba.

  • November 30, 2017

    Trump Urges High Court To Remove Blocks On Travel Ban

    The Trump administration has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to pause orders by lower courts that put the brakes on the third iteration of the president’s proposed travel ban for nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries into the U.S., arguing that the latest version overcomes various legal hurdles raised by its challengers.

  • November 29, 2017

    Trump Sparks Outcry With Anti-Muslim Videos On Twitter

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday retweeted three inflammatory videos allegedly depicting Muslims that had been posted by a leader of a far-right party, earning him a swift rebuke from the British prime minister and potentially handing his opponents in the travel ban cases fresh ammunition.

  • November 29, 2017

    Mass. Tech Group Asks 4th Circ. To Keep Travel Ban Blocked

    An association of Massachusetts technology companies on Tuesday voiced support for immigrant organizations urging the Fourth Circuit to keep blocked the latest iteration of the Trump administration's travel ban, which the association said could wreak havoc on its industry if allowed to take effect.

  • November 29, 2017

    11th Circ. Punts On Immigration Custody As 'Imprisonment'

    An Eleventh Circuit panel on Tuesday declined to rule on whether time spent in immigration detention constitutes “imprisonment” for the purposes of federal sentencing guidelines, after an immigrant argued that his time awaiting deportation for an overturned drug conviction should not be used to determine his identity theft sentence.

  • November 29, 2017

    4th Circ. Nixes Deportation Appeal Over Visa Waiver Program

    A Fourth Circuit panel on Wednesday rejected an Argentine’s petition to review his deportation order, finding enough evidence that he entered the U.S. in 2001 as a tourist under the Visa Waiver Program and waived his right to contest his removal under the program's terms.

  • November 29, 2017

    Sen. Wants Review Of Visa Program Following NYC Attack

    Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, urged the U.S. State Department on Monday to conduct a thorough review of the diversity immigrant visa program, following reports that a man suspected of killing eight people in New York City last month entered the U.S. on such a visa.

  • November 29, 2017

    Duane Morris Nabs Sedgwick's Ex-Employment Team In SF

    Duane Morris LLP has hired the employment practice group from the soon-to-be-defunct Sedgwick LLP to join its San Francisco office, in its first round of potential ex-Sedgwick lateral hires, Duane Morris said Tuesday.

  • November 29, 2017

    Feds Can't Escape Md. DACA Suit, Advocates Say

    Immigration advocacy groups on Tuesday rebuffed the federal government's bid to nix a lawsuit in Maryland federal court over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, arguing that the government’s decision to revoke the program via executive order in September violates federal law and is unconstitutional.

  • November 28, 2017

    High Court Urged To Turn Down Stay Of Travel Ban Blocks

    The state of Hawaii and several groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to deny the government’s request to stay blocks against the president’s third travel ban, arguing the policy runs afoul of the law.

  • November 28, 2017

    State Dept. Moves To Extend Enhanced Visa Vetting Process

    The U.S. Department of State has requested public comment on a proposed three-year extension of an emergency six-month “extreme vetting” program for visa applicants who fit a “threat profile” according to consular officers, a notice in Monday’s Federal Register said.

  • November 28, 2017

    Longtime Rep. Gutiérrez To Retire, Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

    Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., a well-known immigration reform advocate, officially announced Tuesday that he won’t be seeking re-election, saying that he was leaving after Jesús "Chuy" García decided to run, and citing the need to rebuild Puerto Rico.

  • November 28, 2017

    MS-13 Gang's East Coast Leader Takes Plea In RICO Suit

    The leader of a group of East Coast branches of the international gang MS-13 agreed to plead guilty Monday in Massachusetts federal court for his role in a racketeering conspiracy orchestrated to fund the gang’s activities in El Salvador.

  • November 28, 2017

    Funding Talks Fizzle After Trump Tweets 'Don't See A Deal'

    Planned bipartisan talks about how to address next week's government funding deadline devolved into the two political parties criticizing each other Tuesday after President Donald Trump tweeted "I don't see a deal" with Democrats over spending and immigration issues.

  • November 28, 2017

    Attorney Admits To $50M Chinese Investor Visa Fraud

    A Los Angeles-area attorney pled guilty in federal court on Monday to operating a $50 million EB-5 visa fraud scheme that provided green cards to Chinese nationals without ensuring the required investments in the United States, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

  • November 28, 2017

    Attys Walk Out Of Brooklyn Court Over ICE Arrest

    Around 100 criminal defense attorneys launched an impromptu protest outside a Brooklyn courthouse Tuesday after at least one of their clients was picked up by federal immigration officials and detained after appearing in court on charges unrelated to immigration matters.

  • November 28, 2017

    Judge Frustrated With DHS Response To Travel Ban FOIA

    A D.C. federal judge took the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to task during a status conference Tuesday, admonishing the government for its “unacceptable” responsiveness to a Freedom of Information Act suit related to allegedly discriminatory policies targeting Muslims for searches following the Trump administration’s immigration ban.

  • November 28, 2017

    Detained Immigrants Released After ​Emergency Hearings

    A California federal judge has ordered the release of at least four child immigrants after the U.S. Department of Justice was unable to show last week that they were dangerous or flight risks, calling into question their re-arrests on allegations of gang ties, according to court papers and a lawyer for the children.

  • November 27, 2017

    Trump Shelled Out $1.4M In Labor Deal Over Tower

    President Donald Trump and his companies agreed to pay nearly $1.4 million to end a long-running labor suit over the building where Trump Tower now stands, according to documents unsealed after a magazine story about Trump’s use of allegedly unauthorized workers on the project.

Expert Analysis

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

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    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Be A Sponge

    Patrick Mendes

    As a new attorney, it was astonishing to realize how little I knew. I soon began to appreciate that everyone I met had a unique take or way of doing something. Many things I learned during that first year from my colleagues are still incorporated into my practice today, says Patrick Mendes of Tyson & Mendes LLP.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Pryor Reviews 'Scalia Speaks'

    Judge William Pryor

    Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.

  • New Immigration Policy Focuses On Alcohol-Related Charges

    Ian Macdonald

    In an apparent change in policy, U.S. immigration authorities are now taking a hard-line approach to individuals who have alcohol-related charges or offenses, marking a significant shift in how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State treat visa holders in this predicament, says Ian Macdonald of Greenberg Traurig LLP.