Immigration

  • May 29, 2017

    Biggest US Firms Opt For Modest Growth In Sluggish Market

    In a highly competitive legal market, U.S. law firms on average appear to be leaning on a strategy of slow-but-steady growth as they continue to adjust to sluggish demand for legal services, according to the latest Law360 400.

  • May 29, 2017

    Turning 50, Greenberg Traurig Tops The Law360 400

    Greenberg Traurig LLP is celebrating its golden anniversary with a trip to the top of Law360’s list of the largest U.S. law firms, capping off decades of steady growth by ousting Jones Day from the No. 1 spot.

  • May 26, 2017

    Replying To Lawmakers, DHS Hints At H-1B Program Updates

    In response to an inquiry from lawmakers, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a message released Friday that it’s planning to issue new rules and guidance related to the H-1B visa program, consistent with the president’s recent executive order on the issue.

  • May 26, 2017

    Hawaii Can't Add Students' Info To Travel Ban Row: Gov’t

    Hawaii should not be allowed to supplement the record in its case challenging President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban by adding information about prospective students of the state’s university who allegedly would be negatively impacted by the measure, the federal government urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday.

  • May 26, 2017

    'Productive' Talks Had On Immigration Order Dispute

    U.S. Department of Justice lawyers and advocates for a proposed class of travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries affected by President Donald Trump’s executive order barring them from entering the U.S. held “productive” talks Friday aimed at resolving a New York lawsuit targeting the immigration order.

  • May 26, 2017

    40 Lawmakers Push DHS To Probe Asylum-Seeker Rejections

    Forty members of Congress sent a letter to the homeland security secretary on Thursday seeking an investigation into reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were illegally rebuffing asylum seekers.

  • May 26, 2017

    Chinese Investor Says She Lost $1.5M On EB-5 Visa Scam

    A Chinese investor told a California federal court on Thursday that she was bilked out of $1.5 million as part of an investment scheme exploiting her desire to obtain U.S. residency through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’s EB-5 visa program.

  • May 26, 2017

    Atty And Her Dad Used $50M EB-5 Scam To Buy Homes: Gov't.

    Federal prosecutors have accused a California attorney and her father of purchasing numerous multimillion-dollar properties across Southern California with money obtained from their alleged $50 million EB-5 scam that helped Chinese nationals get fraudulent green cards.

  • May 26, 2017

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Work Visas, Trafficking Efforts

    Members of the 115th Congress took action on immigration-related bills in recent days that included measures that would aim to protect human trafficking victims and to develop a new work visa.

  • May 25, 2017

    Wealth Expert Sues Advisor Over Faking License, Stealing IP

    A South Florida-based private wealth manager filed suit Thursday against his business partner, a Brazilian national, who allegedly lied about being a licensed financial advisor and stole copyrights and customers from the partners' joint business.

  • May 25, 2017

    Immigration Cases To Watch As High Court Hits Home Stretch

    The U.S. Supreme Court has eight immigration-related cases left to rule on this session, including disputes over immigrant detention and revocation of citizenship, which could have a major impact in the Trump era. Here are the decisions to watch for over the next month as the high court sprints toward its summer break.

  • May 25, 2017

    ICE Detained Refugee For Unlikely Removal, ACLU Says

    The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a Massachusetts federal court to halt the detention of a man subject to a deportation order to Cambodia nine years ago, alleging he has been wrongly arrested and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in violation of his Fifth Amendment due process rights.

  • May 25, 2017

    Denver Amends Sentencing, Addressing Deportation Worries

    Immigrants in Denver may soon avoid exposure to deportation because of convictions for lower-level offenses, as the Colorado city looks to amend its sentencing guidelines to ensure that maximum penalties for many violations are less than a year in jail.

  • May 25, 2017

    Legal Orgs Ask Gov't To Allow Detainees To Access Counsel

    The American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council filed a rulemaking petition Wednesday, asking the federal government to allow travelers access to legal counsel during detention at entry points, consular interviews and other situations when immigrants may need representation.

  • May 25, 2017

    DOJ Settles With NM Farm Over US Worker Discrimination

    The U.S. Department of Justice settled Tuesday with a New Mexico onion farm to resolve claims that it hired foreign visa workers over U.S. citizens, requiring the farm to pay civil penalties to the government, provide anti-discrimination training to its employees and consent to government monitoring ensuring compliance.

  • May 25, 2017

    4th Circ. Upholds Block Against Trump's Revised Travel Ban

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday upheld a nationwide injunction on President Trump’s revised travel ban, ruling the ban likely runs afoul of the Constitution, and that statements from the president and his advisers indicate the executive order’s goal was to carry out a “Muslim ban.”

  • May 24, 2017

    Illinois 'Sanctuary State' Law Inches Closer To Gov.

    A bill that would prevent state and local law enforcement in Illinois from cooperating with federal immigration authorities cleared a state House committee Wednesday, bringing it a step closer to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk at a time when the Trump administration has vowed to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities.

  • May 24, 2017

    Trump's USCIS Director Pick Talks Transition Role, H-1B

    President Donald Trump’s pick to lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed at a hearing Wednesday that he lent his expertise to the Trump transition team but denied writing the president's early immigration executive orders, while also promising to finalize EB-5 visa reforms and agreeing that penalties for H-1B visa abuse are likely too low.

  • May 24, 2017

    House Panel Again OKs Criminalizing Unauthorized Immigrants

    After its third day of markups, the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to approve a resurrected, previously introduced but abandoned bill that would criminalize undocumented immigrants' presence in the U.S. and penalize so-called sanctuary cities.

  • May 24, 2017

    Mexican Threatened By Drug Cartel Denied Asylum By BIA

    A Mexican man failed to establish an asylum claim based on a drug cartel’s actions toward him and his family, as the cartel's gunshots and verbal threats were motivated by its desire to sell drugs at a particular location rather than by specific animus toward the family, the Board of Immigration Appeals held Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

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    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • Int’l Travelers, Beware Digital Device Searches At Border

    Behnam Dayanim

    In light of the recent executive order on terrorism and immigration, travelers, including attorneys who may be carrying sensitive privileged information, should be increasingly aware of their rights — or lack thereof — at the border, say Behnam Dayanim and Ashley Pyon of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • A Pragmatic Look At Potential Changes To H-1B Cap Season

    Scott J. FitzGerald

    With the fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap season in full swing, the business community is questioning whether the Trump administration could alter or curtail the H-1B program. Scott FitzGerald and Alexandra Law of Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP address that question, with a focus on whether, and to what extent, the administration could impact the adjudication of applications and petitions filed under the 2018 H-1B cap.

  • Immigration Compliance Dangers In The Shared Economy

    Davis C. Bae

    While many shared economy companies have strong background check systems to address questions of status, the penalties for their failure to ensure freelancers are authorized to work in the U.S. are almost nonexistent. This is a growing problem for employers in relation to the Trump administration’s focus on immigration enforcement, says Davis Bae of Fisher Phillips.

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • Will Pena-Rodriguez V. Colorado Apply To Civil Cases?

    M. Christian King

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week in Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado that no-impeachment rules must yield to the Sixth Amendment's right to an impartial jury in a criminal investigation. Though Pena-Rodriguez has much to recommend to the civil side of the jury system, the analysis in the opinion may not be easily extended, say M. Christian King and Wesley Gilchrist of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.