Immigration

  • February 3, 2017

    Mass. Judge Won't Extend Halt On Trump's Travel Ban

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday declined to extend a temporary restraining order blocking parts of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, dealing a blow to the American Civil Liberties Union and the state of Massachusetts in their ongoing legal battle against the new administration.

  • February 2, 2017

    Top Judge Ranks Detention Cases Over Child Rocket Docket

    U.S. Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller instructed all immigration judges and staff Tuesday to make detention cases a top priority immediately, switching the government's focus from unaccompanied children in the face of the Trump administration's potential new immigration policies. 

  • February 2, 2017

    Militant Group Backer Avoids Deportation But Denied Asylum

    An Ethiopian citizen who admits to financially backing a militant group in a decades-long struggle with the African country’s government cannot be deported on reasonable fears of torture but also won’t be granted asylum in the United States, the Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday.

  • February 2, 2017

    Gov't 'Provisionally' Revokes Visas From 7 Banned Nations

    The U.S. State Department has provisionally revoked most visas from the seven predominantly Muslim countries blocked from entering the U.S. by President Donald Trump’s executive order last week, according to a notice filed in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday.

  • February 2, 2017

    ACLU Says Trump Hasn't Provided Full List Of Detainees

    The ACLU and other groups challenging the Trump administration’s ban on immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries charged Thursday in Brooklyn federal court that they have not received a full list of people who have been detained or removed, despite a federal judge's Saturday order to provide that information and to cease deportations.

  • February 2, 2017

    DHS Watchdog Probing Immigration Ban Implementation

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's watchdog said Wednesday that it will be probing implementation of perhaps the most controversial of President Donald Trump's executive actions as nascent commander-in-chief, citing complaints and congressional pressure to investigate implementation of the ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.

  • February 2, 2017

    Calif. Judge Nixes Bar Of Valid Immigrant Visa Holders

    A California federal judge has ordered the federal government to stop enforcing portions of the Jan. 27 executive order on immigration, specifically by not detaining, removing or blocking the entry of anyone from the seven countries listed in the order who have a valid immigrant visa.

  • February 2, 2017

    Removability Restarted After Vacation Abroad, 4th Circ. Says

    The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday sided with the Board of Immigration Appeals’ reasoning that a Nepalese man is eligible for removal based on the entry date when he came back to the U.S. from a vacation overseas.

  • February 1, 2017

    EEOC Can Skip Fees After Losing Case Over Worker's Accent

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday unwound a decision finding that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission should pay attorneys’ fees to a call center after losing a case over a worker’s Jamaican accent, saying the case may have been weak, but not frivolous.

  • February 1, 2017

    Agent, Trainer Deny Smuggling Cuban Ballplayers At Trial

    A sports agent and a trainer denied carrying out a $16 million human smuggling scheme to help Cuban players get a shot at Major League Baseball, insisting as their trial opened Wednesday in Miami federal court that any aid they rendered was legal.

  • February 1, 2017

    Ex-Tenet Exec Decries Fraud Rap Over $400M Immigrant Scam

    A former executive for Tenet Healthcare Corp. pled not guilty on Wednesday in a Florida case accusing him of running a scheme to bribe clinics serving pregnant, unauthorized immigrants to refer patients to Tenet hospitals, which later fraudulently billed the government $400 million for the services.

  • February 1, 2017

    The 4 Wittiest Dissents By Gorsuch

    During his tenure on the Tenth Circuit, Judge Neil Gorsuch wrote more than 30 playful, witty dissents that both entertain the reader and give clear insight to his legal thinking. Here, Law360 looks at the best of the bunch and what they say about his thoughts on legislating from the bench, prepositional phrases and everything in between.

  • February 1, 2017

    Gorsuch's Opening Words Speak Volumes About His Style

    Never one to pass up the chance to spin a good yarn, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s body of rulings during a decade at the Tenth Circuit casts him as a fervent storyteller. A look at some of his best opening passages reveals a narrative writing style that’s light on legalese and heavy on plot, setting and characters.

  • February 1, 2017

    Trump's Immigration Ban Sends Cos. Scrambling

    President Donald Trump’s sweeping executive order blocking people from certain predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. left companies scrambling to figure out which employees may be affected, immigration experts say, and may lead to disruptions for both businesses and students trying to study in America.

  • February 1, 2017

    Del. To Aid Wash. State Suit Over Trump Immigration Ban

    Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn said Wednesday that the First State plans to provide assistance in Washington state’s lawsuit to block President Donald Trump’s immigration ban, with several legal heavyweights like former state Chief Justice E. Norman Veasey working on the case for free.

  • February 1, 2017

    Trump Immigration Ban Causing Headaches For Airlines

    President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily barring citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. caught airlines off guard, leaving them grappling with compliance questions and wondering if they may face suits from travelers who feel their rights have been violated.

  • February 1, 2017

    Senators Flirt With Nuclear Option Over High Court Pick

    The Senate fight over Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court could soon “go nuclear,” as less than a day after President Donald Trump put Gorsuch up for the court, political discussion has already turned to breaking a likely Democratic filibuster and pushing him through without any bipartisan support.

  • February 1, 2017

    Plea Agreement Reached In South Dakota EB-5 Visa Case

    A man who was charged with disposing of more than $1.2 million from an EB-5 visa program-related fund pled guilty on Wednesday to one of five felony counts he was facing in a plea deal he reached with South Dakota.

  • February 1, 2017

    Similar On The Law, Gorsuch Differs From Scalia In Style

    If confirmed by the Senate, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch would bring to the bench a strikingly similar judicial philosophy to that of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, but former clerks and colleagues say the Tenth Circuit judge and Colorado native’s congenial temperament couldn’t be more different from the fiery Scalia's.

  • February 1, 2017

    Atty Says EB-5 Investments Not Securities In SEC Suit

    A New York immigration attorney asked a California federal court for a quick win on Tuesday in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's case alleging he operated as an unregistered broker-dealer and defrauded EB-5 investors, saying the activity is out of the commission’s purview.

Expert Analysis

  • Rules Of Civil Procedure Updates Affect E-Discovery

    Patrick Reilly

    On Dec. 1, 2016, the annual updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect. Revisions include the end of the three-day “mail rule” extension for electronically served discovery, an amendment regarding service of internationally based corporate defendants, and a technical change regarding venues in maritime law actions, say Patrick Reilly and Eldin Hasic of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Path To The California Bench

    Judge George F. Bird

    Ever consider applying for a judicial appointment in California? Get the lay of the land from Judge George Bird of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Kimberly Knill, a senior appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Additionally, hear what several recent appointees to the LA Superior Court thought of the judicial selection process.

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Being On The Outs With In-House Counsel

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    When trial lawyers fail to recognize the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel, it jeopardizes not only the outcome of the case, but also the opportunities for future representation. These few simple strategies are hardly rocket science, but they are too often neglected, says Matthew Whitley
 of Beck Redden LLP.

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • Lawyer EQ: Finding Success In Every Interaction

    Judith Gordon

    American legal education relies almost exclusively on analytical thinking. But success in legal practice depends in large part upon an accurate emotional understanding of oneself and the human seated opposite us. Honing emotional intelligence skills can lead to greater success, and Judith Gordon of LeaderEsQ offers a few tools that can be implemented immediately to raise one’s emotional intelligence quotient.

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

    Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • Philip Hirschkop: Quietly Making Noise For 50 Years

    Randy Maniloff

    The first paragraph of Philip Hirschkop’s obituary is going to contain the word "Loving." That’s undeniable. But many of Hirschkop’s other cases are just as groundbreaking in their own right. They aren’t household names like Loving, but they have affected millions in the nation’s households, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • New Form I-9 Means More Immigration-Related Change In 2017

    Christine A. Samsel

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' revised Form I-9 offers new features and imposes some different requirements. Some modifications enhance the form, while some may result in more technical violations, particularly for employers who continue to use paper versions of the form, say Christine Samsel and Hannah Caplan of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • EEOC's New 4-Year Plan: What Employers Need To Know

    Michelle Lee Flores

    In its updated strategic enforcement plan for fiscal years 2017 to 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission added some new priorities, including issues related to complex employment structures in the 21st-century workplace, and backlash discrimination against Muslims, Sikhs and persons of Arab, Middle Eastern or South Asian descent, says Michelle Lee Flores of Cozen O’Connor PC.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.