Immigration

  • September 12, 2017

    Justices Again Stay 9th Circ. Ruling Narrowing Travel Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday extended a stay it issued the day before, blocking part of an injunction that would have admitted certain refugees into the country despite President Donald Trump’s travel ban as the case gears up for its high court hearing next month.

  • September 12, 2017

    Gov't Witness Spars With Prosecutor At Menendez Trial

    A government witness said Tuesday that she did not know why she was testifying at the corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and a Florida ophthalmologist, saying the two men were friends and sparring with a prosecutor over her claim that the doctor referred to the senator as a “brother.”

  • September 12, 2017

    Case Against Pardoned Arpaio Likely To Be Tossed, Attys Say

    The federal government’s bid for Arizona’s federal court to dismiss the case against now-pardoned former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt for violating an order prohibiting the detention of individuals based on suspected immigration status, will likely be granted, attorneys told Law360 on Tuesday.

  • September 12, 2017

    DOJ Asks 5th Circ. To Allow Part Of Sanctuary City Ban

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday asked the Fifth Circuit to stay the block on the detainer provision in Texas’ anti-sanctuary city law, known as S.B. 4, claiming the Constitution permits local officials to hold immigrants in response to federal requests.

  • September 12, 2017

    LA Can’t Join SF In Sanctuary City Fight

    A California federal court on Monday denied Los Angeles’ effort to intervene in San Francisco’s lawsuit against Department of Justice conditions on law enforcement grants that require so-called sanctuary cities to help enforce immigration laws, leading the city to say it will file its own complaint.

  • September 12, 2017

    BIA Abused Discretion In Religious Asylum Bid: 10th Circ.

    The Board of Immigration Appeals abused its discretion by denying a bid by a Chinese woman to reopen her asylum petition based on religious persecution after she introduced additional evidence that suggested the Chinese government increasingly persecuted Christians in 2014 and 2015, the Tenth Circuit held Monday.

  • September 12, 2017

    Kansas High Court Bars Immigrants' Identity Theft Verdicts

    The Kansas Supreme Court reversed identity theft convictions for three immigrants who used other people’s Social Security numbers to gain employment at various restaurants, finding that their prosecution was preempted by federal immigration law.

  • September 11, 2017

    Menendez Provided Visa Help For Doctor, Ex-Staffer Says

    A onetime aide to Sen. Bob Menendez said Monday at the lawmaker's and a Florida ophthalmologist's bribery trial that the senator directed him in 2008 to assist with visa applications for the doctor's alleged girlfriends, but defense counsel noted that Menendez provided similar advocacy that same year for unrelated applicants.

  • September 11, 2017

    Trump Admin. Hit With 2nd AGs Suit Over DACA Rescission

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and three other Democratic attorneys general filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA in California federal court on Monday, the second of its kind from states arguing the move is unconstitutional.

  • September 11, 2017

    InfoSpan Asks 9th Circ. For Redo Of $554M Secrets Trial

    U.S. fintech firm InfoSpan urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to order a new trial on its claims that banking giant Emirates NBD cost it $554 million by stealing its cellphone-based payment system, arguing Emirates manipulated the jury with improperly admitted evidence.

  • September 11, 2017

    Attys Sound The Alarm Over Advance Parole Denials

    President Donald Trump's splashy moves on immigration have been dominating the headlines, but immigration attorneys say other changes are also afoot, with the government allegedly denying requests for “advance parole,” a key document that allows foreign nationals to enter the U.S. if they leave the country.

  • September 11, 2017

    High Court Blocks Vetted Refugee Entry Under Travel Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked part of an injunction that would have admitted certain refugees into the country despite President Donald Trump’s travel ban, as Hawaii lodged its opening salvo in the Aloha State’s high court challenge to the ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.

  • September 11, 2017

    AG Out Of Bounds In Sanctuary City Battle, Judge Told

    The U.S. attorney general stepped far outside his authority when he tacked several new, immigration-focused conditions onto a public safety grant as part of the Trump administration’s battle against so-called “sanctuary cities,” attorneys for the city of Chicago told an Illinois federal judge Monday.

  • September 11, 2017

    Deported Seismic Consultant Sues Houston Immigration Firm

    A South African citizen who works as a seismic consultant in the energy industry filed a lawsuit Friday against Houston immigration law firm Foster LLP, alleging it was the negligence of the firm and its attorney that led to his deportation after he bought a home and put down roots in Texas.

  • September 11, 2017

    Porter Wright Opens In Pittsburgh With Ex-K&L Gates Partner

    Columbus, Ohio-based Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP has hired a new partner-in-charge, an 18-year veteran of employment-based immigration law, to spearhead the opening of its new office in Pittsburgh, marking the firm’s first organic growth in three decades.

  • September 11, 2017

    Texas Judge Says States Erred In Bid To Pull DACA Challenge

    A Texas federal judge on Friday told Texas and a group of other states they can’t merely dismiss their challenge to federal deferred deportation programs, saying the “extensive and hard-fought clashes over the merits” of the case mean dismissal by notice to the court is not appropriate.

  • September 8, 2017

    Why More Global Giants Are Renouncing Their HQs

    As more and more international legal giants opt to renounce their headquarters — a move that can woo clients and merger partners alike — experts say it’s a step that also brings its own set of management challenges.

  • September 8, 2017

    Firms Stay The Course On London Growth Amid Brexit Haze

    A year after the U.K.’s vote to end its membership in the European Union, most firms are either hewing to existing expansion plans or making tweaks around the edges, with even the most avid crystal ball-gazers at a loss for what Brexit will mean in the long term.

  • September 8, 2017

    Law360 Reveals The Global 20 Firms Of 2017

    When it comes to having the global expertise to handle complex cross-border matters spanning multiple time zones, some firms stand out from the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its seventh annual ranking of the firms with the biggest international presence.

  • September 8, 2017

    Where The Global 20 Are Bolstering Their Ranks

    Australia, Brazil and Germany have emerged as premier hubs for global law firm expansion in 2017, fueled in part by increased anti-corruption enforcement in Brazil, infrastructure investment in Sydney and the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union.

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Interim Arguments

    Roy Futterman

    By allowing attorneys to summarize what has just occurred in testimony and how it fits into the wider case narrative, courts can substantially improve juror comprehension through every step of a trial. Yet interim arguments are not practiced regularly, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Unstructured Data Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

    David Turner

    Recent amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure mean issues like spoliation, sanctions and adverse impacts are focus areas for many attorneys, providers and clients. David Turner of FTI Consulting Inc. discusses the technological best practices regarding preservation and proportionality, as well as the challenges associated with clients' structured data.

  • Welcome Changes For Cos. Hiring Foreign Talent: Part 1

    Andrew Greenfield

    A new immigration regulation that went into effect earlier this year provides for greater flexibility in the ways U.S. employers can recruit and sponsor foreign professionals for temporary visas and U.S. permanent residence. In this three-part series Andrew Greenfield of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP discusses how the new rules will impact various aspects of employers' recruiting and sponsorship practices.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Firm Before Accepting A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel experienced with alternative fee arrangements will have many war stories regarding successful — and less successful — fee arrangements. Asking outside counsel to share these experiences can provide useful insight into the strength of a proposed AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    Why You Should Argue Your Appeal

    Stewart Milch

    Conventional wisdom says that oral argument is a mere formality; that in courts where judges read briefs in advance, their minds are made up and will rarely — if ever — change. But conventional wisdom notwithstanding, oral argument can be critical, says Stewart Milch of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • 6 Ways Teaching A Law School Class Can Benefit Lawyers

    Steven Allison

    Though teaching a law school class may be one of the last things on a busy practitioner's to-do list, it's a misconception that teaching will benefit only those who are looking to leave the practice of law and enter academia. It also offers several practical benefits, especially for more junior lawyers looking for stand-up experience, say Steven Allison and Samrah Mahmoud of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • What To Know About High Court's Travel Ban Ruling

    Maria Fernanda Gandarez

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court partially lifted the preliminary injunctions that blocked President Donald Trump’s “travel ban” executive order. However, continuing litigation and subsequent revisions and implementation have significantly narrowed the effect of the order particularly with respect to business travelers, say Maria Fernanda Gandarez and Matthew Kolodziej of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Client Before Proposing A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.