Immigration

  • September 5, 2017

    3 Questions Facing Employers As DACA Dissolves

    The Trump administration’s announcement Tuesday that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has put many employers in a bind, sowing anxiety among participants and stamping expiration dates on hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide. Here, Law360 answers a few questions affected employers may be asking following Tuesday’s announcement.

  • September 5, 2017

    DACA Deadline Adds To Jammed Congressional Agenda

    The Trump administration's announcement that it would end President Barack Obama’s deportation relief program for young immigrants sent ripples through Capitol Hill Tuesday, where legislators face an uphill battle to get any immigration legislation passed.

  • September 5, 2017

    Immigration Atty Dodges SEC's Bid For EB-5 Ban

    A Chicago-area attorney accused of deceiving foreign investors hoping to receive U.S. residency will not be barred from the EB-5 program after an Illinois federal judge said Tuesday the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission didn’t prove he intentionally misled them.

  • September 5, 2017

    Saul Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr Merger Yields 15-Office Firm

    Saul Ewing LLP and Arnstein & Lehr LLP announced Tuesday they have merged to create a more than 400-attorney firm with 15 offices along the East Coast and in the Midwest.

  • September 5, 2017

    Mexican Man Asks Justices To Hear ‘Habitual Drunkard’ Case

    A Mexican native has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit ruling that he is not eligible for discretionary immigration relief on the basis that he did not demonstrate “good moral character” as a documented alcoholic.

  • September 5, 2017

    Trump Admin. Announces End To DACA Program

    The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it’s ending a deportation protection program for young unauthorized immigrants known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a move that comes after several states threatened to sue if the program wasn’t phased out.

  • September 1, 2017

    9th Circ. Tosses Engineer's Bid To Revive Visa Petition

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed Friday that a Taiwanese engineer was not eligible for a statutory exception that would have allowed him to change his immigration status to lawful permanent resident despite having worked in the U.S. without authorization, reasoning that his original visa applications were denied on their merits.

  • September 1, 2017

    Immigration Case Backlog Still Growing, But Less Rapidly

    The backlog of immigration cases continues to mount under the Trump administration, with a record 617,527 cases pending as of the end of July, though the still-precipitous growth rate has slowed somewhat amid a prolonged immigration judge hiring spree, according to data from Syracuse University researchers announced Thursday.

  • September 1, 2017

    Trump Admin. To Announce DACA Decision On Tuesday

    The Trump administration will announce its decision on the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program on Tuesday, the White House press secretary confirmed Friday, leaving the fate of the popular deportation relief program for young immigrants up in the air until after the holiday weekend.

  • September 1, 2017

    Lawyer Faces Contempt Over Email Threat In Visa Case

    A lawyer accused of defrauding a Chinese woman into investing $500,000 with promises of an EB-5 investor visa was ordered to swear in California federal court that a threatening email she received came from a law firm employee and not the attorney himself.

  • September 1, 2017

    CBP Awards Deals For Border Wall Prototype Construction

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection has awarded four contracts to produce wall prototypes for the pending southern border wall project, it announced Thursday, a significant step toward fulfilling one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent campaign promises.

  • September 1, 2017

    Law Scholars Back Chicago In Sanctuary City Fight With DOJ

    A group of legal scholars joined a growing coalition backing Chicago’s effort to halt the Trump administration’s efforts to require “sanctuary cities” to aid federal immigration authorities as a condition to receiving a law enforcement grant.

  • August 31, 2017

    3 Takeaways From The Halt Of Texas' Sanctuary Cities Ban

    A federal judge on Wednesday halted several major provisions of Texas’ anti-sanctuary cities bill, known as S.B. 4, after finding the cities and counties challenging the measure were on solid ground with their First and Fourth Amendment claims. Here are three things to know about the decision.

  • August 31, 2017

    Citrus Co. Not A Joint Employer In Wage Row, 11th Circ. Hears

    A citrus grove operator held partially liable for a subcontractor's scheme to steal wages from guest workers hired under the H-2A visa program has appealed to the Eleventh Circuit, arguing that the subcontractor had complete control over the workers' employment.

  • August 31, 2017

    Fla. Judge Grants Extradition Order For Panamanian Ex-Prez

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday granted Panama's request to extradite former president Ricardo Martinelli, who is facing charges back home that he conducted illegal surveillance and wiretapping and embezzled money.

  • August 31, 2017

    Trump Travel Ban Deal Allows Reapplication To Enter US

    President Donald Trump's administration has agreed to contact travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries who were excluded from the U.S. due to his first executive travel ban order and advise them of their right to reapply for admission under the terms of a settlement announced on Thursday.

  • August 31, 2017

    9th Circ. Reverses Removal Of Calif. Man Seized On Ethnicity

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday reversed a removal order for an unauthorized immigrant living in California, determining that the U.S. Coast Guard had detained the man based solely on his Latino ethnicity before even learning of his immigration status.

  • August 31, 2017

    Report Shows Spike In ICE Detainers Under Trump

    A Syracuse University research center released a new report Wednesday indicating that Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s use of immigrant detainers shot up by almost 30 percent after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, but is still well below peak levels in 2011.

  • August 30, 2017

    Texas Ban On 'Sanctuary Cities' Blocked By Fed. Judge

    A Texas federal judge stopped the Lone Star State from enacting most of Senate Bill 4, a law that seeks to prevent so-called sanctuary cities from opting out of federal immigration efforts, finding that most of the law’s provisions are unconstitutional.

  • August 30, 2017

    Jury Convictions Doom Researcher's Defense in FCA Suit

    A South Dakota federal judge Wednesday granted the government’s request for summary judgment in a False Claims Act suit, finding a researcher cannot deny allegations he fraudulently obtained a National Science Foundation grant, after he was convicted on related criminal charges.

Expert Analysis

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.

  • Evaluating Effect Of Bad Atty Advice On Case-By-Case Basis

    James Aldrich

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Jae Lee v. United States specifically rejected any one-size-fits-all test for evaluating the effect of the prejudice of faulty representation on a defendant’s decision to plead guilty or go to trial. With no objective standard provided by this decision, these cases will likely result in different applications in different federal circuits, says James Aldrich of Dykema Gossett PLLC.

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • Opinion

    Trump's Immigration Policy Won't Help Construction Industry

    Conrad Lazo

    It's believed that instead of increasing job opportunities and benefiting the overall economy, the current administration’s immigration plans will, unfortunately, result in higher construction costs and lower productivity. There has to be a balance between the needs of our society and the benefits gained by use of immigrant labor, says Conrad Lazo of Becker & Poliakoff.

  • Where AI Meets Cybersecurity And The Legal Profession

    Randy Sabett

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be a major focus for the legal community, whether as an isolated topic, as it intersects with cybersecurity, or within the legal profession itself. Each of these raises unique concerns for attorneys, says Randy Sabett, vice chair of Cooley LLP's privacy and data protection practice group.

  • Welcome Changes For Cos. Hiring Foreign Talent: Part 3

    Andrew Greenfield

    In the final part of this series, Andrew Greenfield of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP examines a new regulation that clarifies when a new employer can take advantage of a prior employer’s sponsorship without incurring the cost and risk of new sponsorship.