The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear the federal government’s appeal of a case that found only convicted immigrants who enter immigration custody soon after being released from criminal custody may be detained without bond hearings.
A group of noncitizens petitioned a Massachusetts state court on Thursday to prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from performing civil immigration arrests at courthouses, arguing that such arrests impede the administration of justice.
The Board of Immigration Appeals has determined that immigration judges do not have to only look to the section of the Controlled Substances Act that is most like the law under which an individual is convicted when determining whether a state offense is a felony that makes someone deportable.
A Fifth Circuit ruling upholding the constitutionality of most of a Texas state law aimed at barring so-called sanctuary cities is different enough from other litigation percolating through federal courts that it’s an unlikely candidate for U.S. Supreme Court review, experts say.
The Board of Alien and Labor Certification Appeals on Thursday affirmed a certifying officer’s denial of permanent labor certification for a maid in Pacific Palisades, California, finding that the employer's recruitment report was deficient.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday affirmed six jury convictions against a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection official for his participation in a scheme to pay bribes to government employees to obtain green cards and other benefits for immigrants, saying questions about his past were fair game.
In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Durgesh Sharma, chief information officer at Littler Mendelson PC.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association released a report on Wednesday detailing the Trump administration’s mission to expand its immigration enforcement powers and quash the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in immigration cases.
In a ruling it acknowledged as “perhaps counterintuitive,” the Board of Immigration Appeals held Thursday that a conviction for attempted voluntary manslaughter under California state law exposes an immigrant to deportation while a conviction for voluntary manslaughter does not, as that statute is too broad to fit the federal definition of a crime of violence.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will require petitioners for immigration benefits to provide a valid signature on official documents and will no longer accept power of attorney signatures, according to an agency policy memorandum.
The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday revived the asylum bid of a Chinese national, finding the U.S. government had not met its burden to prove that he could reasonably relocate within China to avoid further persecution because of his practice of Christianity.
Several asylum seekers filed a putative class action against the federal government in D.C. federal court Thursday, alleging the Trump administration is categorically denying parole requests at detention facilities in California, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico and Pennsylvania, in violation of the U.S. Constitution and federal laws and policies.
A nonprofit group of lawyers who represent immigrants hit President Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with a lawsuit in New York federal court Thursday challenging the decision to end temporary protected status for Haitians, saying the move was motivated by racial animus.
The state of California on Tuesday asked a federal court to reconsider denying the state's bid to temporarily bar the Trump administration from potentially penalizing California for its so-called “sanctuary” policies towards immigrants unauthorized to be in the U.S.
A D.C. federal judge repeatedly pressed U.S. Department of Justice lawyers on Wednesday to explain the legal analysis undergirding the revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
A Board of Immigration Appeals decision in favor of a woman seeking asylum that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had referred to himself to review last week was made public on Tuesday after former immigration judges and advocates called for more transparency.
The court-appointed receiver for the failed Jay Peak EB-5 project asked a Florida federal judge Tuesday to approve a $1.5 million settlement agreement with contractor PeakCM LLC, which represents a discount from the company's initial $2.75 million in claims.
A Texas-based swimming pool contractor failed to justify why it needed exactly 10 H-2B visas so it could hire foreign-born employees on a temporary basis, an administrative law judge with the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals determined on Tuesday.
The city of Philadelphia can continue its fight against the Trump administration’s efforts to cut off federal public safety funding for so-called sanctuary cities after a Pennsylvania federal judge declined Attorney General Jeff Sessions' bid to toss the city's suit, saying that it sufficiently claims the new rules are arbitrary.
A coalition of 19 state attorneys general urged congressional leaders Tuesday to pass legislation allowing immigrants with temporary protected status from El Salvador and Haiti to remain in the United States, saying that conditions in those countries remain "too dangerous" for them to return.
There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.
Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.
It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Upcoming congressional action for the duration of March appears likely to resolve the budget and appropriations impasse of the last several months, after U.S. House and Senate leaders and the White House were able to reach an agreement last month on topline spending numbers for fiscal year 2018, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.
Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.
In Jennings v. Rodriguez the U.S. Supreme Court recently allowed the constitutional claims of Alejandro Rodriguez and those similarly situated to go forward on remand. However, the court’s clarification of the “constitutional avoidance doctrine” will have ramifications for years to come, says Geoffrey Hoffman of the University of Houston.
As it becomes harder to obtain other common visas, the EB-1A extraordinary ability immigrant category has become more and more attractive. However, it is also one of the most difficult to obtain, and may become even more so after implementation of “extreme vetting” policies by the Trump administration designed to tighten immigration requirements, says Matthew Kolodziej of Jia Law Group.
Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.
Because several aspects of the E-2, or treaty investor, visa fit neatly with President Donald Trump's “Buy American, Hire American” policy, it is an excellent time for foreign nationals who may meet certain eligibility requirements to consider advancing a case in this visa category, says Matthew Minor of Hammond Law Group LLC.
Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.