Immigration

  • September 22, 2017

    Trip To Mexico Doesn't Preclude Removal Appeal: 9th Circ.

    A Mexican native who voluntarily left the U.S. before attempting to appeal his removal order did not waive his right to challenge the decision because an immigration judge did not tell him the departure would be tantamount to a waiver, a split Ninth Circuit panel held in an opinion published on Thursday.

  • September 22, 2017

    Watchdog Comes Down On ICE, CBP Over Protection Details

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have allegedly provided unauthorized security details to their senior personnel, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report found, responding to whistleblower complaints.

  • September 21, 2017

    Precedent Elusive For Vacating Arpaio's Conviction

    The U.S. Department of Justice pressed an Arizona federal court Thursday to dismiss the criminal case against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and vacate his conviction in light of President Donald Trump’s presentencing pardon of him last month, but acknowledged it had found no solid precedent for the move.

  • September 21, 2017

    Trump Objects To Adding Plaintiffs In Travel Ban Appeal

    The Trump administration blasted a bid by groups fighting the president’s travel ban at the U.S. Supreme Court to add two new plaintiffs-respondents to the case, arguing in a response Tuesday that the move comes far too late and is unfair to the government.

  • September 21, 2017

    Calif. DACA Suits Move Swiftly To Outpace March Deadline

    A California federal judge insisted Thursday on a shortened schedule for several suits challenging the government’s planned rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying while all sides would prefer congressional action, he wants to issue a ruling before the program’s planned March expiration date.

  • September 21, 2017

    2nd Man Indicted After 10 Immigrants Die In Texas Rig

    A second man was indicted on Wednesday for his role in what authorities have called a for-profit human smuggling operation that led to the July deaths of 10 immigrants found locked in the back of a tractor-trailer in sweltering heat in San Antonio, Texas.

  • September 21, 2017

    PricewaterhouseCoopers Opens DC Legal Services Office

    PricewaterhouseCoopers will open a new legal services office in Washington, D.C., this month, marking the accounting giant's latest expansion into the legal market, the firm announced Thursday.

  • September 21, 2017

    Jones Day Grabs Ex-DOJ Civil Division Head For DC Office

    The former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil division, who defended former President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration and the Keystone XL pipeline, has joined Jones Day.

  • September 21, 2017

    Other Proof Must Be Weighed In Relatives' Immigration Cases

    The Board of Immigration Appeals ruled Wednesday that immigration officials must consider secondary evidence and the circumstances of a case to determine whether a petitioner attempting to demonstrate a familial relationship has succeeded when that petitioner submits a birth certificate that is not registered at their time of birth.

  • September 20, 2017

    Requests Soar For Evidence On H-1B Visa Applications

    The number of requests for evidence on H-1B visa petitions for skilled workers has shot up by 45 percent this year compared to the same period in 2016, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics.

  • September 20, 2017

    5th Circ. Urged To Lift Block Of Texas Sanctuary City Law

    West Virginia and seven other states sought Tuesday to support a push by Texas to pause a temporary block of much of the Lone Star State’s anti-sanctuary city law, arguing that Texas will likely prevail in the case.

  • September 20, 2017

    Migrants Coerced, Denied Rights At US-Mexico Border: Report

    The American Immigration Council published a report Wednesday indicating that immigration authorities regularly fail to inform Mexican migrants at the U.S. southern border of their rights, coerce those in custody and neglect to supply them with their removal documents when they are deported.

  • September 20, 2017

    California Sues Over Border Wall Project Waivers

    The Trump administration's attempt to waive environmental laws so it can move forward with its border wall project violates the U.S. Constitution and numerous federal and state regulations and should be stopped by a federal court, California argued Wednesday.

  • September 20, 2017

    Chinese National Pleads Guilty To Visa Fraud Scheme

    A Chinese national faces deportation after admitting Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court to taking an English language test on behalf of three other Chinese nationals who used the scores to gain acceptance to U.S. colleges and obtain student visas, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • September 20, 2017

    No More Petitions Accepted Under 15K H-2B Visa Increase

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Tuesday it is accepting no more petitions from domestic employers looking to hire H-2B workers, following the deadline for submitting petitions under a rule issued in July allowing for an additional 15,000 H-2B visas to be authorized.

  • September 19, 2017

    3 Takeaways From The Sanctuary City Grant Criteria Ruling

    The Trump administration suffered another setback in its battle against so-called sanctuary cities last week, when an Illinois federal judge blocked two immigration-related conditions on certain public safety grants. Here, Law360 looks at three big takeaways from the ruling.

  • September 19, 2017

    Pa. AG Touts Efforts Regarding Trump, Equifax, Opioid Makers

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Tuesday outlined the broad activist agenda he has been pursuing since taking over the scandal-plagued office in January, touting his readiness to confront the Trump administration and the state’s role at the lead of several multistate investigations into corporate malfeasance.

  • September 19, 2017

    Attys Warn Of Shifting Electronic Searches At Borders

    Government prosecutors and privacy experts told their colleagues Tuesday that increased searches of electronic devices at the border have left the law lagging behind law enforcement practices, and searches prohibited today may become permissible tomorrow as consumers become more accustomed to divulging sensitive personal information.

  • September 19, 2017

    Calif. Atty, EB-5 Investor Settle Bitter Counterclaims

    A California lawyer and a former client in China who sued each other over a $500,000 real estate investment gone wrong and an EB-5 investor visa that never materialized saw their dispute dismissed with prejudice Monday by a California federal judge.

  • September 19, 2017

    VC Group Sues Over Delay Of Entrepreneur Immigration Rule

    The National Venture Capital Association filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services failed to follow proper procedures when they delayed a rule that would have allowed foreign entrepreneurs to live in the U.S. just a week before it was set to take hold.

Expert Analysis

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 'Enhanced Vetting' Applies To All Immigration Benefits

    Delisa Bressler

    On the same day President Donald Trump issued his revised travel ban, he also issued a so-called “enhanced vetting” memo. The timing ensured it would be largely overshadowed by the ongoing challenges to the travel ban, but in practical terms, the vetting memo is having a broader impact, say Delisa Bressler and Stephanie Paver of Foster LLP.

  • Opinion

    H-2B Visas And The Making Of An 'Ultra Vires' Regulation

    Daniel Kowalski

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Labor recently published a temporary rule issuing an additional 15,000 H-2B visas. However, for many H-2B-dependent employers, this was too little, too late, says Daniel Kowalski of Ware Immigration.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • The Supreme Court And The Future Of The Travel Ban

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    President Donald Trump claimed the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to leave part of his travel ban in place was a victory for the administration, and some analysts have agreed. It is hard, however, to see the court’s opinion as anything but a government defeat, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.