Immigration

  • July 26, 2017

    House Judiciary Approves Bill To Upend US Asylum Program

    The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday moved forward a bill seeking to stifle asylum protections in the U.S. for refugees who fear returning to their home country, as well as roll back Obama-era applications of immigrant parole rules.

  • July 26, 2017

    Sessions Targets Sanctuary Cities Through Grant Program

    In an effort to crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that a significant source of federal funding for local law enforcement would be cut off unless federal immigration agents are granted access to local detention facilities and notified of immigrant release dates.

  • July 26, 2017

    Rising Star: Michael Best's Kelly Fortier

    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s Kelly Fortier regularly shepherds highly skilled workers into the U.S. and recently obtained more than 30 visa approvals for employees of a European company moving across the Atlantic, earning her a spot among immigration attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 25, 2017

    Oregon Jail Sued For Holding Immigrant Detainees

    The Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility and Wasco County have been hit with a complaint in state court filed by four Oregon residents alleging the jail is violating an Oregon state law that prohibits local officials from aiding federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws.

  • July 25, 2017

    High Court Asked To Undo Deportation For Illegal Voting

    A Peruvian citizen who was ordered removed from the U.S. for voting in the 2006 federal election urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review her case, which hinges on whether she reasonably relied on an Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles employee’s purposefully ambiguous statement regarding voter registration.

  • July 25, 2017

    White House Backs 'Minibus' 2018 Defense Spending Bill

    The White House on Monday gave its backing to a $790 billion "minibus" bill that would fund defense, energy, congressional and veterans affairs programs for 2018, as well as provide border wall funding, even as it called out lawmakers on issues such as blocking the use of funding for a new round of base realignment and closure, or BRAC.

  • July 25, 2017

    Dem Sen. Wants To Know If CBP Turns Away Asylum Seekers

    The Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking Democrat on Monday joined the ranks of liberal lawmakers concerned about reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are turning away asylum seekers at the border who should be entitled to an interview and determination of their status.  

  • July 25, 2017

    Justices Asked If Dropped Drug Charges Can Block Visa

    A visa applicant who was denied admission to the U.S. because of drug possession charges that were later dropped has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Seventh Circuit decision that the past indictment alone was enough to keep him out permanently.

  • July 25, 2017

    Rising Star: Mayer Brown's Grace Shie

    Mayer Brown LLP’s Grace Shie manages global mobility programs for big-ticket businesses, including a top U.S. aerospace company, and previously helmed a major law firm’s immigration practice in Hong Kong, earning her a spot as one of three immigration practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 24, 2017

    Deportation Of 1,000+ Iraqi Nationals Halted By Mich. Judge

    A Michigan federal judge on Monday put a stop to the federal government’s impending deportation of more than a thousand Iraqi immigrants, giving the recently detained people a chance to reopen their administrative cases on the grounds that Iraq has become too hostile for their return.

  • July 24, 2017

    How To Prep Immigration Clients For Social Media Screening

    The Trump administration’s new questionnaire for visa applicants increases the emphasis on social media screening, a development that attorneys say may land some immigrants in hot water. Here, immigration attorneys share tips for the careful use of social media that won’t trip up potential entrants to the United States.

  • July 24, 2017

    ‘Bad Actors’ Can’t Escape EB-5 Investors' $50M Hotel Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Monday tossed several defendants’ bids to dismiss a securities fraud suit brought by a group of foreign nationals seeking EB-5 visas via a botched hotel deal in Palm Beach, ruling that the facts alleged about the “bad actors” in the deal are sufficient for the case to move forward.

  • July 24, 2017

    Ga. City Says Utility Policies Don’t Target Minorities

    A Georgia city asked a federal judge Friday to dismiss a lawsuit claiming its utility policies illegally discriminate against African-Americans and immigrants, saying the policies have legitimate, nondiscriminatory purposes and the federal anti-bias law cited by the plaintiffs does not apply in these circumstances.

  • July 24, 2017

    USCIS Restarts Expedited Processing For Some H-1B Visas

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Monday that it will immediately restart “premium processing” for cap-exempt H-1B visa petitions for high-skilled workers, marking the next stage in the resumption of expedited service after it was suspended in April.

  • July 24, 2017

    Driver Of Rig Charged With Smuggling After 10 Die In Texas

    The driver of a tractor trailer who told authorities he didn't know his rig was loaded down with as many as 200 immigrants — 10 of whom perished in the sweltering heat — was charged Monday in Texas federal court with unlawfully transporting undocumented immigrants and could face life in prison or the death penalty.

  • July 24, 2017

    Court Officers Can’t Honor ICE Detainers, Mass. Justices Rule

    In a decision hailed by immigrant rights advocates, the Massachusetts high court ruled Monday that court officers in the state can’t hold people in custody solely on so-called detainers from federal immigration authorities.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Although women have made some strides toward gender parity in the lower ranks of law firms, breaking into the equity tier remains elusive. These 20 firms, however, are leaders in advancing equality at the top, earning them the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    While the legal industry continues to struggle with gender parity, this year’s Glass Ceiling Report shows that some firms are ahead of the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its third annual ranking of the best law firms for female attorneys, based on their representation of women at the nonpartner and partner levels.

  • July 21, 2017

    Could An NFL Diversity Rule Be A BigLaw Game-Changer?

    In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.

  • July 21, 2017

    BigLaw Bias Suits New Wild Card In Fight For Gender Equity

    As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.

Expert Analysis

  • Bucking Tradition: NewLaw And The Coming Millennials

    Jill Dessalines

    Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.

  • High Court Citizenship-Stripping Ruling Has Unintended Effect

    Leon Fresco

    Sensibly enough, in Maslenjak v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided that a naturalized American cannot be stripped of her citizenship in a criminal proceeding based on an immaterial false statement. But instead of simply stopping at that result, it invented a new standard of “materiality” that is likely to create havoc in future denaturalization cases, says Leon Fresco of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Key Privacy Developments In Trump's First 150 Days

    Jaipat S. Jain

    Recent significant shifts in privacy policy include an executive order withdrawing Privacy Act protections for non-U.S. individuals, and the rollback of the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules, says Jaipat S. Jain of Lazare Potter & Giacovas LLP.

  • Employer Steps For Avoiding Business Travel Mishaps

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    Steps taken by the Trump administration to tighten U.S. border security have signaled a new era in global mobility, both in the United States and throughout the world, in which cross-border travelers should expect more advanced investigation techniques by immigration officers as well as increased scrutiny and examination for even seemingly routine international travel, say attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Tips For Complying With ABA’s New Encryption Guidance

    Nick Holda

    Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.

  • 9th Circ. Cites Statutory Overreach In Travel Ban Decision

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    The Ninth Circuit's decision Monday to uphold the block on President Donald Trump's revised travel ban comes less than one month after the Fourth Circuit also enjoined enforcement of a portion of the executive order. However, the Ninth Circuit's opinion differs from the Fourth Circuit’s in several important ways, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • Enforcement Alone Will Not Solve Immigration Issues

    Karen-Lee Pollak

    As part of President Donald Trump’s massive deportation plan, several anti-immigration bills that focus on enforcement have recently come before the U.S. House of Representatives. There is a long way to go before these bills become law, but they are still concerning, says Karen-Lee Pollak of Pollak PLLC.

  • Misapplying FOIA To Confidential Info In Gov't Contracts

    John Zabriskie

    The recent Detention Watch ruling that information in a government contract per se falls outside the Freedom of Information Act’s trade secret and confidential information exemption may prove influential because of its detailed analysis of an often-overlooked element of that exemption. However, this would be undeserved because the New York federal court's analysis is flawed, say John Zabriskie and Jason Britt of Foley & Lardner LLP.