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Immigration

  • August 17, 2018

    Half-Built Fla. Resort's $39M Sale Gets Court Approval

    A Florida bankruptcy judge signed off Friday on a $39.1 million sale of a stalled Fort Lauderdale resort partially built with $30 million from the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program.

  • August 17, 2018

    DC Circ. Revives Shepherds' Challenge To H-2A Practices

    The D.C. Circuit partly revived a suit Friday brought by a group of livestock herders challenging the government’s practice of issuing temporary visas for longer-term labor.

  • August 17, 2018

    Parents' Role In Calif. Immigration Custody Rows Clarified

    A parent does not need to be joined as a party in a civil custody action that includes a bid for certain immigration findings for the case to proceed in California, as long as the individual received adequate notice of the proceedings, the state's highest court ruled on Thursday.

  • August 17, 2018

    3 Reasons Attys Should Learn A Foreign Language

    Becoming fluent in a foreign language may seem daunting, but the challenge can offer big rewards, including career opportunities and personal satisfaction, for attorneys willing to take it on. Here, Law360 looks at three reasons why lawyers should learn languages other than their own.

  • August 16, 2018

    Will Law Schools Start Counting ‘Generation ADA’?

    No one is tracking law students with disabilities to see where the education system may be failing them, but some advocates are working to change this dynamic and build a better pipeline.

  • August 16, 2018

    1st Circ. Reopens Indonesian's Aslyum Bid Over Extemism

    The First Circuit on Thursday reopened an Indonesian national's asylum bid to escape religious persecution in his home country, finding that the Board of Immigration Appeals overlooked critical evidence about the intensification of "Islamic fundamentalist fervor."

  • August 16, 2018

    Wells Fargo Gets Immigrant Lending Bias Suit Trimmed

    A California federal judge has pared down a proposed class action alleging Wells Fargo unfairly withholds certain lines of credit from customers because of their immigration status, finding that two of the people bringing the case failed to show they were prevented from taking out home and auto loans because of discriminatory policies.

  • August 16, 2018

    4th Circ. Nixes Ex-Professor's National Origin Bias Case

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a suit by a Turkish college professor who claimed she was denied tenure by Longwood University because of her national origin and ultimately fired for complaints about discriminatory treatment, finding that a lower court made no errors in its analysis.

  • August 16, 2018

    EOIR Adds 23 New Judges To Combat Case Backlog

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced Thursday that it has appointed 23 new immigration judges, bringing the total count to 351 nationwide, amid the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to reduce the significant backlog of open cases.

  • August 16, 2018

    NLRB Releases Memos On Immigration Protest, Weingarten

    The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday published a flurry of informal guidance letters written by its in-house attorneys, including memos saying Latino workers who took part in a pro-immigrant protest were protected by federal labor law and reaffirming that workers' Weingarten rights kick in immediately after they vote in a union.

  • August 16, 2018

    Study Finds Family Detention Restricts Access To Counsel

    Immigrant families held in family detention centers are less likely to both obtain a lawyer and to receive an in-person immigration hearing, the American Immigration Council has found in its report released Thursday examining government data from more than a decade of immigration court proceedings.

  • August 16, 2018

    DHS Memo Justifies Ending DACA, Trump Tells 2nd Circ.

    The Trump administration urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to toss challenges by immigrants and an advocacy group to its decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, arguing that a recent Department of Homeland Security memorandum shows the decision was well thought out and not rash.

  • August 16, 2018

    A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • August 16, 2018

    Duane Morris Nabs Epstein Becker Immigration Pro In NY

    Duane Morris LLP has said it hired a former Epstein Becker Green member who’s experienced in representing technology, finance and retail companies in a range of immigration matters.

  • August 15, 2018

    Lawmakers Back Immigrant Bond Hearings At High Court

    Stakeholders from lawmakers to former immigration officials weighed in Monday in a case at the U.S. Supreme Court concerning immigrants’ right to bond hearings in detention, arguing in amicus briefs that such a right was plainly laid out in the relevant law.

  • August 15, 2018

    BALCA Says NY Church Can Sponsor Immigrant Despite Typo

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has vacated the denial of a New York church’s application to sponsor an immigrant for permanent employment over an error in the application form, finding that the church did not violate labor rules because it corrected the mistake during the audit process.

  • August 15, 2018

    9th Circ. Revives Suit Against ICE Atty Who Forged Docs

    The Ninth Circuit has revived a lawsuit by a permanent resident against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney convicted of forging a document in his removal proceedings that could have resulted in the resident being deported.

  • August 15, 2018

    DOJ Says 7th Circ. Must Scrap Opinion In Sanctuary City Row

    The Trump administration asked the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to vacate its opinion upholding a preliminary injunction won by the city of Chicago against new conditions the federal government attached to a public safety grant, saying the court's expected dismissal of the government's appeal means the opinion should be tossed.

  • August 15, 2018

    ICE Arrests 45 Unauthorized Immigrants In Houston Operation

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 45 unauthorized immigrants in the Houston area, following a five-day enforcement operation that ended last week, according to the agency.

  • August 15, 2018

    Cambodian Immigrants Win Class Cert. In Due Process Fight

    A California federal judge has ruled that 1,900 Cambodian nationals facing removal orders may move forward as a class with their claims that the U.S. government's policy of re-detaining them without notice or explanation violates their due process rights.

Expert Analysis

  • Congressional Forecast: June

    Layth Elhassani

    In advance of their weeklong July 4 recess, members of Congress are pursuing a busy legislative schedule, focused on the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and other appropriations bills, reform of export controls, immigration and border security, and the farm bill authorization, says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • New Calif. 'National Origin' Rules Stray From Federal Policy

    Thea Rogers

    The recent approval of new amendments to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by the state's Office of Administrative Law broadens and bolsters the protections the state affords to noncitizens. But it also directly clashes with President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration, says Thea Rogers of Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • How Immigration Issues Can Sour M&A Deals

    Christine Fuqua Gay

    Because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify program is frequently overlooked and misunderstood, immigration compliance issues have become more common in mergers and acquisitions and a basis of post-closing claims, such as those alleged in Post Holdings v. NPE Seller Rep, currently pending in the Delaware Chancery Court, say Christine Fuqua Gay and Ashley Hamilton of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.