The U.S. Department of Homeland Security can exclude certain immigration policies from review over environmental harm after a California federal judge ruled that the exemption doesn't lead to higher immigration numbers, let alone population-driven ecological degradation.
A doctor testified Tuesday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's transfer of detainees out of three Florida facilities could be a medically responsible step to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but the government has already said it is not following all of the precautions he said would be needed.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement does not routinely test detained immigrants for COVID-19 before transferring them to detention centers or even deporting them to other countries, an agency official confirmed to a Senate panel on Tuesday.
A Florida judge on Tuesday blasted attorneys involved in a suit by Chinese nationals claiming a White House-connected real estate developer defrauded them in a $99.5 million EB-5 visa scheme, telling them to comply with court orders and work together or risk facing sanctions.
A D.C. federal judge asked an immigrants' advocacy group on Tuesday why it urgently needs records on how authorities dealt with coronavirus outbreaks in detention centers, but said he will consider making the government act faster on the request.
The Trump administration moved to toss a class action challenge to a proclamation targeting uninsured green card seekers, telling an Oregon federal judge that the visa applicants don't have upcoming consular interviews and it was unlikely the policy would imminently affect them.
Justice Clarence Thomas warned that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday expanding immigrants' access to the courts will usher in a "sea change in immigration law," but attorneys say that fears of an expansive reach are likely overblown.
Young immigrants who won a temporary court order barring a federal policy mandating family reunification in their path to permanent residency countered the government's bid to thwart their lawsuit as moot, arguing the agency could revive the rule.
The U.S. Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review announced on Twitter late Sunday and early Monday that it would be closing immigration courts in 15 cities due to what it called "civil unrest" related to the anti-racism protests sweeping the country.
Foreigners with criminal convictions who fear they will be tortured if they are deported can challenge denials of their requests to stay in the U.S. in federal courts, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday.
A Maryland federal judge on Friday ordered the Baltimore immigration court to hold new bond hearings for detained immigrants whose detention was not properly justified at previous hearings, citing, among other things, the COVID-19 outbreak as a potential hazard to some detainees.
Twitter, Reddit and an e-commerce trade group backed two documentary film organizations' challenge to a U.S. Department of State requirement for overseas visa applicants to turn over their social media handles, saying it would limit anonymous free speech.
The federal government looked to the future in May, injecting $1.2 billion into AstraZeneca's candidate COVID-19 vaccine and infusing billions into the U.S.'s space-bound ambitions. Other megadeals include remediation of a nuclear site and Google's partnership with the Pentagon.
President Donald Trump issued an order Friday banning Chinese citizens with ties to the country's military from entering the U.S. on student visas to attend graduate programs, citing concerns that these students could steal American technology.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is rebooting premium processing for certain visa petitions in phases throughout June without raising fees after suspending the service in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Friday announcement.
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official blamed an "unintentional internal disconnect" after the department sent out conflicting guidance on how migrants stuck in Mexico can pick up their rescheduled U.S. immigration court dates, causing confusion at the border.
The Eighth Circuit shut down an El Salvadoran man's efforts to stay in the U.S., finding that the threats he faced from a gang there aren't the type of threats that merit protection from the government and that there is a lack of evidence showing the government in his country enables persecution.
A split Sixth Circuit ruled that a two-year sentence was too long for a Mexican citizen who illegally reentered the U.S. twice after being deported, finding that he had less of a criminal history than other immigrants who faced a similar penalty.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agreed to reopen more than 200 H-1B temporary worker visa denials after dropping policies that led to their rejection, but those policies could make a comeback through a formal rulemaking process.
Two Senate Republicans have proposed legislation that would bar Chinese citizens from securing student visas to study math, science and technology fields at graduate and postgraduate levels, citing U.S. national security concerns.
A Washington federal judge rejected the Trump administration's bid to overturn a King County executive order banning deportation flights from a Seattle airport, saying more information is needed before making a decision on the order's legality.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent its plans to hike immigration application fees and charge for asylum requests to the White House on Wednesday, paving the way for the higher fees to soon take effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Immigrants challenging the conditions in three Florida detention facilities told a federal judge Wednesday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has provided insufficient information to show that it is complying with its rules or a court order requiring steps to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Republican lawmakers have urged President Donald Trump to shield H-2B nonimmigrant visas from any upcoming immigration restrictions as part of his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying temporary guest workers are essential to companies that depend on seasonal labor.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin reopening its offices and resume citizenship ceremonies in early June, more than two months after the agency canceled in-person services as a protective measure during the coronavirus pandemic.
The legal industry is uniquely positioned, and indeed obligated, to respond to the racial disparities made clear by the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but lawyers must be willing to be uncomfortable, says Tiffani Lee at Holland & Knight.
The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.
One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.
Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.
While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.
History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming opinion in Liu v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may call into question when Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements should be subject to disgorgement, say Matthew Rutter and Neal Hochberg at Charles River Associates.
Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.
Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.
Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.
When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.
If the Transnational Repression Accountability and Prevention Act is enacted into law, it could lead to increased controls and transparency in the Interpol notice and diffusion processes, and would likely scale back some of the U.S. immigration policies that appear to acquiesce to Interpol, say attorneys at Kobre & Kim.
For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.
There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law firms will face in bringing employees back to offices, say attorneys Daniel Gerber, Barbara O'Connell and Richard Tucker.
To help prepare my students to navigate local practice, I wrote a set of rules for the classroom that mimics those they might encounter from a local judge or court, says Michael Zuckerman at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.