Immigration

  • July 26, 2017

    Rising Star: Michael Best's Kelly Fortier

    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s Kelly Fortier regularly shepherds highly skilled workers into the U.S. and recently obtained more than 30 visa approvals for employees of a European company moving across the Atlantic, earning her a spot among immigration attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 25, 2017

    Oregon Jail Sued For Holding Immigrant Detainees

    The Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility and Wasco County have been hit with a complaint in state court filed by four Oregon residents alleging the jail is violating an Oregon state law that prohibits local officials from aiding federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws.

  • July 25, 2017

    High Court Asked To Undo Deportation For Illegal Voting

    A Peruvian citizen who was ordered removed from the U.S. for voting in the 2006 federal election urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review her case, which hinges on whether she reasonably relied on an Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles employee’s purposefully ambiguous statement regarding voter registration.

  • July 25, 2017

    White House Backs 'Minibus' 2018 Defense Spending Bill

    The White House on Monday gave its backing to a $790 billion "minibus" bill that would fund defense, energy, congressional and veterans affairs programs for 2018, as well as provide border wall funding, even as it called out lawmakers on issues such as blocking the use of funding for a new round of base realignment and closure, or BRAC.

  • July 25, 2017

    Dem Sen. Wants To Know If CBP Turns Away Asylum Seekers

    The Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking Democrat on Monday joined the ranks of liberal lawmakers concerned about reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are turning away asylum seekers at the border who should be entitled to an interview and determination of their status.  

  • July 25, 2017

    Justices Asked If Dropped Drug Charges Can Block Visa

    A visa applicant who was denied admission to the U.S. because of drug possession charges that were later dropped has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Seventh Circuit decision that the past indictment alone was enough to keep him out permanently.

  • July 25, 2017

    Rising Star: Mayer Brown's Grace Shie

    Mayer Brown LLP’s Grace Shie manages global mobility programs for big-ticket businesses, including a top U.S. aerospace company, and previously helmed a major law firm’s immigration practice in Hong Kong, earning her a spot as one of three immigration practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 24, 2017

    Deportation Of 1,000+ Iraqi Nationals Halted By Mich. Judge

    A Michigan federal judge on Monday put a stop to the federal government’s impending deportation of more than a thousand Iraqi immigrants, giving the recently detained people a chance to reopen their administrative cases on the grounds that Iraq has become too hostile for their return.

  • July 24, 2017

    How To Prep Immigration Clients For Social Media Screening

    The Trump administration’s new questionnaire for visa applicants increases the emphasis on social media screening, a development that attorneys say may land some immigrants in hot water. Here, immigration attorneys share tips for the careful use of social media that won’t trip up potential entrants to the United States.

  • July 24, 2017

    ‘Bad Actors’ Can’t Escape EB-5 Investors' $50M Hotel Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Monday tossed several defendants’ bids to dismiss a securities fraud suit brought by a group of foreign nationals seeking EB-5 visas via a botched hotel deal in Palm Beach, ruling that the facts alleged about the “bad actors” in the deal are sufficient for the case to move forward.

  • July 24, 2017

    Ga. City Says Utility Policies Don’t Target Minorities

    A Georgia city asked a federal judge Friday to dismiss a lawsuit claiming its utility policies illegally discriminate against African-Americans and immigrants, saying the policies have legitimate, nondiscriminatory purposes and the federal anti-bias law cited by the plaintiffs does not apply in these circumstances.

  • July 24, 2017

    USCIS Restarts Expedited Processing For Some H-1B Visas

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Monday that it will immediately restart “premium processing” for cap-exempt H-1B visa petitions for high-skilled workers, marking the next stage in the resumption of expedited service after it was suspended in April.

  • July 24, 2017

    Driver Of Rig Charged With Smuggling After 10 Die In Texas

    The driver of a tractor trailer who told authorities he didn't know his rig was loaded down with as many as 200 immigrants — 10 of whom perished in the sweltering heat — was charged Monday in Texas federal court with unlawfully transporting undocumented immigrants and could face life in prison or the death penalty.

  • July 24, 2017

    Court Officers Can’t Honor ICE Detainers, Mass. Justices Rule

    In a decision hailed by immigrant rights advocates, the Massachusetts high court ruled Monday that court officers in the state can’t hold people in custody solely on so-called detainers from federal immigration authorities.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Although women have made some strides toward gender parity in the lower ranks of law firms, breaking into the equity tier remains elusive. These 20 firms, however, are leaders in advancing equality at the top, earning them the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    While the legal industry continues to struggle with gender parity, this year’s Glass Ceiling Report shows that some firms are ahead of the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its third annual ranking of the best law firms for female attorneys, based on their representation of women at the nonpartner and partner levels.

  • July 21, 2017

    The 2017 Law360 Glass Ceiling Report

    U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level, and Law360’s latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that recent progress has been — at best — only incremental.

  • July 21, 2017

    How 4 Firms Are Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity

    A handful of law firms of various sizes and types are outpacing their peers on including women in their ranks. Here’s why four of them are positioned toward the front of the pack.

  • July 21, 2017

    Could An NFL Diversity Rule Be A BigLaw Game-Changer?

    In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.

  • July 21, 2017

    BigLaw Bias Suits New Wild Card In Fight For Gender Equity

    As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.

Expert Analysis

  • 'Enhanced Vetting' Applies To All Immigration Benefits

    Delisa Bressler

    On the same day President Donald Trump issued his executive order implementing a revised version of his travel ban, he also issued a so-called “enhanced vetting” memorandum. The timing of this memo ensured it would be largely overshadowed by the ongoing challenges to the travel ban, but in practical terms it is the vetting memo that is having a broader impact, say Delisa Bressler and Stephanie Paver of Foster LLP.

  • Opinion

    H-2B Visas And The Making Of An 'Ultra Vires' Regulation

    Daniel Kowalski

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Labor recently published a temporary rule issuing an additional 15,000 H-2B visas. However, for many H-2B-dependent employers, this was too little, too late, says Daniel Kowalski of Ware Immigration.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • The Supreme Court And The Future Of The Travel Ban

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    President Donald Trump claimed the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to leave part of his travel ban in place was a victory for the administration, and some analysts have agreed. It is hard, however, to see the court’s opinion as anything but a government defeat, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • 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?