Immigration

  • 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.

  • February 1, 2017

    Attys React To Judge Gorsuch's Supreme Court Nomination

    President Donald Trump nominated Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday to become the next associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, aiming to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's death. Here, attorneys tell Law360 what they think about the nomination.

  • February 1, 2017

    Ill. Men Who Sued Over Trump Ban To Be Allowed Into US

    Two men who sued President Donald Trump in Illinois federal court this week after his executive order on immigration barred them from the country will be allowed back into the U.S., their attorneys said Wednesday.

  • February 1, 2017

    NY Atty, Wife Get 2 Years' Probation For Visa Fraud Scheme

    A New York immigration attorney and his wife who admitted to giving false information to U.S. immigration authorities when applying for H-1B visas for foreign nurses and previously forfeited $1 million were sentenced on Tuesday to two years of probation.

  • February 1, 2017

    Senate Approves Tillerson As Secretary Of State

    Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson will serve as President Donald Trump’s secretary of state after receiving Senate confirmation Wednesday, as battles over the Cabinet continue this week amid Trump’s controversial order on immigration.

  • February 1, 2017

    'Mayhem' Conviction Makes Immigrants Deportable, BIA Rules

    A “mayhem” conviction under California state law makes a lawful permanent resident deportable under federal immigration statutes, the Board of Immigration Appeals held on Tuesday, vacating an immigration judge’s order.

  • February 1, 2017

    Sessions AG Nomination Advances In Senate

    After numerous delays, the Senate Judiciary Committee sent the attorney general nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to the full Senate on Wednesday, as fights over President Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointments and immigration order ramp up in Congress.

  • January 31, 2017

    Gorsuch Likely To Restore Scalia-Era High Court Balance

    With a solid conservative bent, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch, is unlikely to shift the high court’s jurisprudence significantly away from where it stood with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, legal experts say.

  • January 31, 2017

    Gorsuch's Credentials Could Prove Troubling To Opposition

    The praise for Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch following his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday night came from many prominent legal figures, reflecting how it will be hard for Democrats to challenge President Donald Trump's selection given the judge's impeccable resume.

  • January 31, 2017

    Yates 'Betrayal' Marks Rocky Start To Trump's DOJ

    Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates' bold refusal to defend President Donald Trump's immigration ban and her subsequent firing has injected turbulence into a relatively orderly transition at the U.S. Department of Justice, former agency attorneys and officials say.

  • January 31, 2017

    Trump Taps Three, Including Dechert Atty, For Top DOJ Spots

    President Donald Trump is filling out the top ranks of the U.S. Department of Justice, saying Tuesday he intends to nominate Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general, former DOJ attorney Rachel L. Brand as associate attorney general and Dechert LLP partner Steven Engel as assistant attorney general.

  • January 31, 2017

    New Acting ICE Head, Border Chief Named In Immig. Moves

    President Donald Trump appointed Thomas Homan, who oversaw more than 900,000 deportations under President Barack Obama, to be the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday, while Ron Vitiello was named chief of the U.S. Border Patrol on Tuesday.

  • January 31, 2017

    3 Gorsuch Opinions You Need To Read Right Now

    President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is a 10-year veteran of the Tenth Circuit and has under his belt hundreds of opinions that can be mined for clues as to what kind of Supreme Court justice he would be. Here are three opinions by Judge Gorsuch to read right now.

  • January 31, 2017

    Trump Nominates Judge Gorsuch For High Court Seat

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill a Supreme Court seat that has remained vacant since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, picking a well-respected figure in the conservative legal establishment who would restore the nation’s top bench to a Republican majority and likely break the recent spate of 4-4 ties.

Expert Analysis

  • What To Expect In The Remaining Days Of The 114th Congress

    Lisa V. Tofil

    Overshadowing the onset of the lame-duck session of the 114th Congress was the dramatic presidential election. Anticipating Republican majorities in the Congress and the newly sworn-in President Donald J. Trump in January of 2017 is affecting the strategies of both parties during the lame-duck session, say attorneys at Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Beyond Bean Counting: How Legal Can Add True Value

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    For legal departments to stay in front of the crowd, cost-cutting alone is not enough. Neither is claims-driven revenue generation, nor running endless analytics of outside legal spend. This is short-term, passive, scarcity-based thinking that keeps legal departments from offering their corporate clients the greatest possible value — competitive advantage, says David Wallace of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • OPINION: The US Supreme Court In 2017

    James Brosnahan

    The ideologue’s main problem is believing in conformity of thought. They will now search for true believers, but fortunately very few judges harbor the dark, conservative uniformity desired. If they do find one, the Senate will not confirm, says James Brosnahan, a senior trial counsel with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Trumping Obama's Employment Law Legacy

    Jeffrey M. Tanenbaum

    President-elect Donald Trump’s policy positions on many issues affecting employers differ vastly from the policies that President Barack Obama has put in place over the last eight years. As the new administration takes office, we certainly expect to see many Obama administration policies curtailed or eliminated, say attorneys at Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • A Primer On The Presidential Appointee Vetting Process

    Robert K. Kelner

    With the election over, the process of selecting individuals to fill the next administration’s key appointed positions is quickly shifting into high gear. For those who are called to serve in such positions, the process entails extensive vetting of professional credentials and a host of personal background check issues, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Merging Law Firms: Think Before You Tie The Knot

    John Remsen Jr.

    Getting larger isn’t a good enough reason to merge. Focus on whether the merger will make your firm better. Also, it’s possible that a merger can reduce profitability, says John Remsen Jr. of TheRemsenGroup.

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Deals Fail Or Underperform

    Lisa Smith

    While many law firm mergers have been successful, some have been spectacularly unsuccessful — to the point of firm dissolution. Some have exceeded expectations, while others have had little impact on the overall competitiveness of the combined firm. In both failed discussions and less-than-successful mergers, there are mistakes that are made along the way, says Lisa Smith of Fairfax Associates.

  • Immigration Predictions Under A Trump Presidency

    Becki L. Young

    Among other campaign promises, President-elect Donald Trump boasted that he would deport those living in the U.S. illegally and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. As president, will Trump stick to these promises, and even if he has a will to do so, does he have a way? Becki Young, co-founder of Hammond Young Immigration Law LLC, discusses what to expect from Trump’s immigration policies over the next four years.

  • What To Expect From The New Senate

    Kay Bailey Hutchison

    A word of caution to our fellow Republicans — one lesson learned from President Obama’s first two years in office is that pushing through partisan legislation could come back to haunt a party and a presidency, say former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Curt Beaulieu of Bracewell LLP.

  • Merging Law Firms: Beware Conflicts Of Interest

    Allison Martin Rhodes

    Among the many ethical issues that can arise, conflicts of interest from current or past representation of each firm’s clients should be at the forefront of merger discussions. Recently, we have seen such conflicts disqualify firms in the middle of high-cost litigation, say Allison Martin Rhodes of Holland & Knight LLP and Robert Hillman of the University of California, Davis.