Immigration

  • September 15, 2017

    Ariz. County Not Liable For Arpaio, Skeptical 9th Circ. Told

    Maricopa County, Arizona, told a skeptical Ninth Circuit panel Friday it shouldn’t be held liable for law enforcement policies that discriminated against Latinos, arguing the county government had little control over its former sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who was recently pardoned by the president for flouting court orders over the practices.

  • September 15, 2017

    9th Circ. Affirms Domestic Violence Convict Is Deportable

    The Ninth Circuit denied a green card holder’s bid to stay in the U.S. after a domestic violence conviction in a Thursday ruling that rejected his argument that the Arizona law under which he was convicted is too broad for his offense to qualify as removable under federal law.

  • September 15, 2017

    Judge Blocks DOJ's Immigration Conditions On Grants

    In a win for Chicago, an Illinois federal judge on Friday blocked two anti-sanctuary city conditions set by the U.S. Department of Justice on certain law enforcement grants, finding the new criteria went beyond statutory authority.

  • September 15, 2017

    Chicago, LA, NYC Oppose Travel Ban At Supreme Court

    Some of the country’s biggest cities and their public officials have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Trump administration’s travel ban for nationals of six predominantly Muslim countries, calling the ban “as misguided as it is unconstitutional.”

  • September 15, 2017

    Trump Warns Against 'Chain Migration' In Immigration Deal

    President Donald Trump on Friday warned that he would not support any legislation on immigration that would allow for “chain migration,” a term often used by advocates of limited immigration that refers to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents sponsoring relatives.

  • September 15, 2017

    Atty Cleared In Veterinarians' Dairy Farm Trafficking Case

    An Idaho federal judge on Thursday dismissed an attorney named in a suit brought by Mexican veterinarians alleging that an Idaho dairy farm brought them to the U.S. for forced labor, saying that there was no evidence that the attorney had acted maliciously in preparing their visas.

  • September 14, 2017

    Sens. Push For Refugee Report, Slam Possible 50K Cap

    Two Democratic senators fired off a letter to agency heads Wednesday seeking information on proposed refugee admissions in the wake of a report that President Donald Trump is considering capping the number at 50,000 next fiscal year.

  • September 14, 2017

    Calif. Passes Bill Setting Workplace Rules For ICE Visits

    California lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill that would set restrictions and obligations for employers in situations where U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents seek access to workplaces for immigration enforcement matters.

  • September 14, 2017

    Enviros Sue Over Border Wall Pre-Construction In San Diego

    Environmental groups on Thursday hit the Trump administration with a lawsuit in California federal court over border-wall pre-construction they claim poses a threat to endangered species and wildlife near the cities of San Diego and Calexico.

  • September 14, 2017

    Homeland Security, DOJ Get Spending Boost In House Bills

    Border security, cybersecurity and immigration enforcement would get a spending hike of more than $2 billion under a pair of bills approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday.

  • September 14, 2017

    DHS Finds US-Mexico Border Tougher To Illegally Cross

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a report Wednesday that measured security levels in the areas between ports of entry at the southwest border between the United States and Mexico, finding that it was more difficult to illegally cross that section of the border now than ever before. 

  • September 14, 2017

    Stories Clash Over Citizenship In DACA Discussions

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she and Sen. Chuck Schumer had insisted during their meeting with President Donald Trump that the DREAM Act, which includes a path to citizenship, be the basis for a solution for the young, unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S., but Trump quickly denied that citizenship was on the table.

  • September 14, 2017

    House Passes Bill Targeting Immigrant Gang Members

    The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement to expedite removal proceedings for alleged members of “criminal alien gangs,” over Democratic complaints the measure ran roughshod over the Constitution.

  • September 13, 2017

    After Denying DACA Deal, Trump Says Plan In The Works

    Hours after President Trump denied on Twitter that he had reached a deal with Democrats to prevent young, unauthorized immigrants from being deported, he told reporters that they are "working on a plan" and that Republican leaders are "on board."

  • September 13, 2017

    Sierra Club Sues For Trump's Border Wall Docs

    The Trump administration is violating the Freedom of Information Act by not releasing officially requested information on the environmental impacts of erecting structures along the border between the U.S. and Mexico, the Sierra Club alleged Tuesday in California federal court.

  • September 13, 2017

    9th Circ. Favors Detainees' Privacy In FOIA Fight

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a summary judgment order tossing a suit by the treasurer of the National Border Patrol Council seeking the names of 149 noncitizens who were released from detention pending a final removal determination, saying the privacy rights of the former detainees outweigh any public interest.

  • September 13, 2017

    Texas Cities, Nonprofits Fight Partial Sanctuary City Ban

    A collection of Texas municipalities and nonprofit organizations asked the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday not to stay the block on the detainer provision in Texas' anti-sanctuary city law, arguing that a lower court properly concluded that the law is unconstitutionally vague and that there is no “emergency” need for a stay.

  • September 13, 2017

    Advocates Sue Over Warrantless Phone Searches At Border

    The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation accused border patrol officers in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday of conducting warrantless searches of smartphones and laptops at U.S. ports of entry in violation of constitutional privacy and free speech rights.

  • September 13, 2017

    Fleeing From Cops Not Enough For Removal, 5th Circ. Finds

    The Fifth Circuit has reversed a Board of Immigration Appeals decision that a Ghanaian immigrant was ineligible for cancellation of removal based on a previous evading arrest conviction in Texas, finding Tuesday that the crime was not severe enough to automatically disqualify him.

  • September 12, 2017

    Grassley's Bipartisan Human Trafficking Bill Passes Senate

    The Senate on Tuesday passed bipartisan legislation to overhaul the federal government's response to human trafficking with a focus on prevention efforts, legal resources for survivors, cooperation between government and advocates and related law enforcement training. 

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.

  • Evaluating Effect Of Bad Atty Advice On Case-By-Case Basis

    James Aldrich

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Jae Lee v. United States specifically rejected any one-size-fits-all test for evaluating the effect of the prejudice of faulty representation on a defendant’s decision to plead guilty or go to trial. With no objective standard provided by this decision, these cases will likely result in different applications in different federal circuits, says James Aldrich of Dykema Gossett PLLC.

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • Opinion

    Trump's Immigration Policy Won't Help Construction Industry

    Conrad Lazo

    It's believed that instead of increasing job opportunities and benefiting the overall economy, the current administration’s immigration plans will, unfortunately, result in higher construction costs and lower productivity. There has to be a balance between the needs of our society and the benefits gained by use of immigrant labor, says Conrad Lazo of Becker & Poliakoff.

  • Where AI Meets Cybersecurity And The Legal Profession

    Randy Sabett

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be a major focus for the legal community, whether as an isolated topic, as it intersects with cybersecurity, or within the legal profession itself. Each of these raises unique concerns for attorneys, says Randy Sabett, vice chair of Cooley LLP's privacy and data protection practice group.

  • Welcome Changes For Cos. Hiring Foreign Talent: Part 3

    Andrew Greenfield

    In the final part of this series, Andrew Greenfield of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP examines a new regulation that clarifies when a new employer can take advantage of a prior employer’s sponsorship without incurring the cost and risk of new sponsorship.

  • Welcome Changes For Cos. Hiring Foreign Talent: Part 2

    Andrew Greenfield

    In part 2 of this three-part series, Andrew Greenfield of Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP explores some of the questions surrounding a new type of temporary U.S. work permit designed to bridge a gap in employment authorization while the employee seeks alternate green card sponsorship.