• February 28, 2018

    Ariz. Urges High Court To Hear DACA Driver's License Case

    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich argued Monday that the U.S. Supreme Court should urgently review a ruling that allows Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals participants to obtain driver’s licenses in the Grand Canyon State, now that the justices have refused to hear a related case.

  • February 28, 2018

    Board Of Immigration Appeals Expands To 21 Members

    The Board of Immigration Appeals has increased its size to 21 members, in light of the “unprecedented” pending immigration caseload, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Tuesday.

  • February 28, 2018

    Electric Car Co. Founded By Terry McAuliffe Hits Ch. 11

    An electric car company co-founded by Terry McAuliffe, former governor of Virginia, on Wednesday paired a Chapter 11 filing with a request to a Virginia bankruptcy court to allow it to offer two of its executives tens of thousands in financial incentives to see the company through the process.

  • February 28, 2018

    ICE Texas Detention Deal Was Improper, Watchdog Says

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement didn’t follow proper acquisition procedures when it modified a contract with an Arizona city so it could use a detention facility in Texas, effectively inserting an unneeded middleman into the deal, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General said.

  • February 28, 2018

    Calif. Atty, Firm Liable For $26M Judgment In EB-5 Suit

    A California attorney and her law firm are among the slew of defendants that a Los Angeles federal judge put on the hook Tuesday for paying a more than $26.7 million default judgment in favor of over a dozen Chinese nationals who claim they were ripped off in a scam exploiting the EB-5 immigrant investor program.

  • February 28, 2018

    DOL Files For Hearing Over Wash. Berry Farm's H-2A Fines

    The U.S. Department of Labor has filed for a hearing with the Office of Administrative Law Judges against a Washington-based berry farm after it had been fined about $120,000 and forced to pay almost $10,000 in back pay to U.S. workers for violating the H-2A visa program, according to the department on Tuesday.

  • February 28, 2018

    LA, DOJ Face Off Over Immigration-Related Grant Conditions

    The city of Los Angeles on Wednesday urged a California federal judge to prevent the U.S. Department of Justice from imposing immigration-related conditions on community policing grants, while the DOJ argued the city lacks standing to sue over future funding rounds.

  • February 28, 2018

    ACLU, Covington Challenge Utah ICE Raids In New Suit

    The American Civil Liberties Union and Covington & Burling hit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Marshals Service with a suit in Utah federal court Tuesday alleging the agencies raided the home of a Utah family without a warrant in violation of the family’s Fourth Amendment rights.

  • February 27, 2018

    Judge Attacked By Trump OKs Border Wall Fast Track

    The California federal judge President Trump accused of bias due to his “Mexican heritage" sided with the Oval Office on Tuesday, ruling the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was within its rights to waive environmental laws in order to construct border walls near San Diego.

  • February 27, 2018

    Breyer Reads Aloud Fiery Dissent Over Immigrant Bail Ruling

    Justice Stephen Breyer refused to go quietly Tuesday after his Supreme Court colleagues voted to deny bail hearings to certain immigrants detained for deportation, reading aloud an impassioned dissent invoking the Declaration of Independence and centuries-old English common law.

  • February 27, 2018

    DACA Recipients Win Cert. In Suit Over Criminal Charges

    A California federal judge on Monday granted class certification to a group of current and former Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients suing the government over its revocation of the program, and reinstated the work permits of class members whose status was suddenly revoked after they were charged with, but not convicted of, low-level crimes.

  • February 27, 2018

    7th Circ. Bars Atty Facing SEC Charges In Immigrant Appeal

    The Seventh Circuit has disqualified a Chicago-based immigration law firm from representing a rejected EB-5 visa applicant, because the firm’s principal is fighting off a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit for allegedly mishandling that applicant's and others’ EB-5 investment funds.

  • February 27, 2018

    Immigrant Bond Hearings War Shifts To Constitutional Args

    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that certain immigrants do not have a statutory right to periodic bond hearings is a blow for immigrants rights advocates, but their battle is not over as they set out to challenge long-term detention on constitutional grounds instead.

  • February 27, 2018

    Pryor Cashman Adds Ex-Ogletree Deakins Immigration Team

    Pryor Cashman LLP has strengthened the immigration practice group in its New York office with the addition of a former Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC attorney who brings more than three decades of experience in U.S. immigration law.

  • February 27, 2018

    Sessions Warns Recent Judicial Rulings Threaten Exec. Power

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions took a shot Tuesday at “maddening” court rulings in a D.C. speech, particularly those against the administration’s immigration moves, while also blasting nationwide injunctions as a “growing problem” and deriding the Second Circuit’s ruling on anti-gay discrimination as perhaps inspired by The New York Times.

  • February 27, 2018

    Anti-Voter Fraud Group Wants Pa. Data On Noncitizens

    An Indiana-based anti-voter fraud organization filed a federal lawsuit Monday alleging the state of Pennsylvania failed to disclose records of a reported 100,000 noncitizens who were put on voter rolls following a “glitch” that allowed them to take advantage of “motor voter” registration.

  • February 27, 2018

    Justices Deny Right To Bond Hearings For Some Immigrants

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that certain immigrants held in mandatory detention during deportation proceedings aren’t entitled to bond hearings after six months in custody, a decision that comes as the Trump administration appears poised to swell the ranks of immigrant detainees.

  • February 26, 2018

    Advocates Ask High Court To Join Travel Ban Case

    The International Refugee Assistance Project and other advocacy groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to hear their arguments against President Trump’s travel ban along with the state of Hawaii’s, which are set for April 25, saying courts have unfairly restricted travel to those with “bona fide” relationships in the country.

  • February 26, 2018

    DHS Deputy Secretary To Step Down After Just One Year

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security second in command Elaine Duke, known for leading the agency’s recent hurricane relief efforts and cuts to its Temporary Protected Status program, will retire from her post in April, the department announced Friday.

  • February 26, 2018

    Credibly Fearful Detainees Entitled To Bond Hearings

    A Virginia federal judge on Monday ordered that the federal government provide bond hearings for a class of immigrants within the state who have established a reasonable fear of persecution or torture and whose proceedings are either not final or include a stay of removal.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court


    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.

  • Filing A Naturalization Application In The New Age

    Douglas Halpert

    A growing number of U.S. lawful permanent residents are applying to become naturalized citizens, a trend that has accelerated in the past year since Trump became president. However, there are potential perils that permanent residents should consider, says Douglas Halpert of Hammond Law Group LLC.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.