Immigration

  • July 19, 2017

    Sens. Graham, Durbin To Lead Bipartisan Dream Act Revival

    Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., announced Wednesday that they will soon unveil a bipartisan revival of the Dream Act that would allow certain young undocumented immigrants to attain lawful permanent U.S. residence and a path to citizenship.

  • July 19, 2017

    Army Reservists Seeking Citizenship Ordered To Tweak Suit

    A courtroom battle over the Pentagon’s move to stall naturalization proceedings for noncitizen Army reservists ended in a stalemate Wednesday as a D.C. federal judge ordered the reservists to refile their lawsuit with additional legal arguments, but not before ripping the government for a “baffling” series of policy changes.

  • July 19, 2017

    Womble Carlyle Launches Business Immigration Service

    Business law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP has created an immigration services practice and brought on a former attorney with the Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm to head it, the firm has announced.

  • July 19, 2017

    Oil CEO Wants Evidence From 'Overbroad' Warrant Nixed

    An oil and gas entrepreneur charged with bank and visa fraud along with a separate charge of criminal contempt asked a New York federal judge on Wednesday to suppress any evidence found by investigators on his electronic devices because the warrant authorizing their seizure was overbroad and without a time limit.

  • July 19, 2017

    Dallas Atty Accused Of Rigging Fraud Marriage For Assistant

    A Dallas attorney has been charged with conspiracy to commit marriage fraud for allegedly arranging a marriage to secure lawful permanent resident status for his legal assistant, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • July 19, 2017

    Immigration Court Case Backlog Hits Record 610,000

    The immigration court backlog jumped by about 11,000 cases in one month, reaching a record high of more than 610,000 cases in late June, according to Syracuse University researchers.

  • July 19, 2017

    High Court Nixes Bid To Include Grandparents In Travel Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the government’s bid to include grandparents and other relatives in its travel ban, dealing a setback to the Trump administration on its travel restriction policy.

  • July 18, 2017

    Attys Get Ready To Sprint For Coveted H-2B Worker Visas

    With a rule allowing an extra 15,000 H-2B visas slated to take effect Wednesday, attorneys are gearing up to help clients apply for the coveted visas as soon as possible, which may include submitting extra evidence about the potential harms employers could face.

  • July 18, 2017

    High Court Urged To Exclude Grandparents From Travel Ban

    The state of Hawaii on Tuesday struck back against the Trump administration's call for the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify whether its June travel ban ruling applied to grandparents and other relatives, saying the request was "procedurally improper and substantially unnecessary."

  • July 18, 2017

    Sen. Unblocks USCIS Pick Rights Groups Call Anti-Immigrant

    Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., lifted a hold on President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Monday, the same day more than 300 immigrant advocacy groups urged the Senate to oppose the confirmation saying the nominee will advance “cruel policies targeting immigrants.”

  • July 18, 2017

    Jones Day Partner Tapped For DOJ Made $2.2M Last Year

    The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division's potential new chief raked in just over $2.2 million from Jones Day last year, according to a financial disclosure that offered a rare peek into the global firm's senior-level compensation.

  • July 18, 2017

    Immigration Pro Joins Ulmer & Berne's Cleveland Office

    Ulmer & Berne LLP announced Monday that it has strengthened its immigration practice with the acquisition of immigration law firm David Wolfe Leopold & Associates, whose founder, David W. Leopold, will be a partner in the firm’s Cleveland office.

  • July 18, 2017

    Refugee Bureau Should Stay Under State Dept., Diplomats Say

    The U.S. Department of State should not relinquish a bureau that deals with refugee resettlement and transfer its authority to the Department of Homeland Security, according to a bipartisan letter sent to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

  • July 17, 2017

    11th Circ. Sides With Gov't In Marriage Fraud Case

    The Eleventh Circuit on Monday sided against two people in a case over the denial of a petition for an immigrant visa for a spouse, finding that “substantial” evidence backed up the conclusion that one of the participant’s prior marriage wasn’t legitimate.

  • July 17, 2017

    Extra 15K H-2B Visas To Be Allowed, Gov't Says

    The federal government will allow an additional 15,000 H-2B visas for temporary guestworkers this fiscal year, according to a preview notice filed Monday, although petitioners will have to attest that their companies would be likely to incur “irreparable harm” if they can’t get H-2B workers.

  • July 17, 2017

    Green Card Scammer In Connecticut Gets 3 Years In Prison

    A Connecticut federal judge on Monday sentenced a man to 38 months in prison and ordered him to pay $492,025 in restitution after he pled guilty to wire fraud in connection with a green card scam targeting Vietnamese immigrants, prosecutors announced.

  • July 17, 2017

    P&G Faces Immigrant Discrimination Class Action

    A prospective Procter & Gamble Co. intern filed a class action in Florida federal court Monday, claiming the company discriminated against his DACA immigration status when he was not selected for its internship program.

  • July 17, 2017

    Plan To Cut Legal Immigration Likely To Be Uphill Battle

    President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to back a plan to reduce legal immigration, and while the proposal will likely have a tough time getting through Congress, its circulation could still contribute to a chilling effect on immigration, attorneys say.

  • July 17, 2017

    Justices Give Hawaii Until Tuesday For Travel Ban Response

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday gave Hawaii until noon Tuesday to respond to the Trump administration’s bid for the high court to clarify how the revised travel ban should apply to “close family” and refugees after a Hawaii federal court recently broadened the government’s guidance.

  • July 14, 2017

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2017, our list of 156 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    7th Circ. Trans Bathroom Decision Misapplied Title IX

    Jordan Lorence

    Following the Seventh Circuit's recent decision in Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District, the school district should appeal this case to the U.S. Supreme Court so that the justices can remind the Seventh Circuit how to properly interpret a federal statute and the U.S. Constitution, says Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • What Ill. Sanctuary City Bill Means For Local Gov'ts

    Marco Crocetti

    Last week the Illinois General Assembly passed the Illinois Trust Act, a statewide sanctuary jurisdiction bill. If signed into law, it would have broad implications for the state's local governments and could play a role in the larger sanctuary discourse playing out in Congress, the executive branch and the federal courts, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Setting Trial Time Limits

    Stephen Susman

    This is the second in a series of articles discussing ideas proposed by the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project to resuscitate the American jury trial. In this article, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman argue for setting early and strict time limits in civil jury trials.

  • Opinion

    Big Business Lobby Tries To Hobble Litigation Finance, Again

    Allison Chock

    In its most recent petition advocating mandatory disclosure of litigation finance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply rehashes the same arguments from its previous failed efforts to convince the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the dire implications of undisclosed funding relationships, say members of IMF Bentham Ltd.

  • Clearing Up School Accreditation For H-1B Master's Cap

    Rabindra Singh

    Up until United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ recent policy memorandum, prospective H-1B employers used to closely focus petitions under the master’s cap on whether the degree conferring institution qualifies as a "U.S. institution of higher education." Now, they will have to engage in additional fact-finding to ensure it qualified at the time it awarded the degree, says Rabindra Singh of Immigration Attorneys LLP.

  • 4th Circ. Offers A Range Of Unique Opinions On Travel Ban

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    Both the order and the court opinion from the Fourth Circuit’s 10-3 en banc decision barring enforcement of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban were exceptional. The unusual nature of this legal issue is reflected in the wide variety of opinions issued in the decision — seven separate opinions from 13 judges, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • Series

    The Return Of Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire

    Stephen Susman

    If we truly believe in providing litigants with a jury of one’s peers, we must adopt strategies to ensure that parties and their representatives have a say in selecting their jury. When only judges participate, the result is a less representative and less fair cross section of the community, say Stephen Susman, Richard Jolly and Roy Futterman of NYU School of Law's Civil Jury Project.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Identities Are Us

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    Lawyers faced with clients who can’t or won’t listen to their advice must consider that the core of this risky decision may be a person's inability or refusal to relinquish a prime identity in times of uncertainty, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.