Immigration

  • May 19, 2022

    La. Judge Won't Transfer Challenge To Biden Asylum Rule

    A Louisiana federal judge on Wednesday denied the federal government's bid to transfer a lawsuit brought by a handful of states challenging President Joe Biden's policy vesting asylum officers with greater power over asylum.

  • May 19, 2022

    3rd Circ. Seeks Info In Citizenship Suit Revived By High Court

    Following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upending the Third Circuit's blocking of a Yemeni man's citizenship bid, the circuit court asked the parties to file briefs with more information on the relevant precedent as it reconsiders the deportation case.

  • May 19, 2022

    Fla. Tells 11th Circ. Anti-Sanctuary City Law Isn't Racist

    The state of Florida has told the Eleventh Circuit that a federal district judge was wrong to strike down key portions of a 2019 state law banning "sanctuary" immigration policies as unconstitutionally discriminatory.

  • May 19, 2022

    Senate Approves $40B Ukraine Aid Package

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a $40.1 billion emergency aid package for Ukraine, following a weeklong holdup after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., raised concerns over aspects of the bill.

  • May 19, 2022

    5th Circ. Raps Judge's Credibility Ruling, Revives Asylum Bid

    The Fifth Circuit revived claims that an asylum-seeker feared police brutality in Cameroon, saying that an immigration judge wrongly deemed him untruthful based on government reports that had never been "identified, referenced or discussed" during his court hearing.

  • May 19, 2022

    IT Staffing Co. Settles DOJ Claims Of Bias Against US Citizens

    The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a settlement agreement with an information technology recruiting company that allegedly discriminated against workers it recruited for its business clients by requiring applicants to disclose their immigration status and refusing to consider some applicants because of their U.S. citizenship.

  • May 18, 2022

    Steve Wynn Gambles On Who's A Foreign Agent Under FARA

    Former casino mogul Steve Wynn's decision to fight the Justice Department's civil suit alleging he failed to register as a foreign agent of China over a Trump-era lobbying effort is a sign that the GOP megadonor is betting that a court will find he didn't violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act, experts tell Law360.

  • May 18, 2022

    6th Circ. Asked To Keep Biden ICE Enforcement Curbs Frozen

    A trio of red states urged the Sixth Circuit to uphold a court order blocking the Biden administration's narrowed immigration enforcement priorities, saying Wednesday that the policy defies federal officers' mandate to detain certain immigrants.

  • May 18, 2022

    5 Indicted For Alleged China-Run Spying On Activists

    Four intelligence officers from China's Ministry of State Security and a U.S. academic have been indicted over an alleged espionage scheme that targeted Chinese pro-democracy activists, Taiwanese independence advocates and others in the U.S. considered to be adversaries of China's communist party.

  • May 18, 2022

    ICE, GEO Group Sued Over Suicide Of Man Detained In Calif.

    The daughter of a man who died by suicide in an immigration detention facility is suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, GEO Group Inc., which runs the facility, and the city of McFarland, California, saying they ignored the man's mental illness and tortured him by putting him in solitary confinement, leading to his death.

  • May 18, 2022

    7th Circ. Wary Of Reviving Ill. Counties' Immigration Law Fight

    A Seventh Circuit panel seemed unconvinced Wednesday by two Illinois counties' argument that they should be able to pursue a constitutional challenge to a law Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed last year, which blocks immigration detention contracts with the federal government.

  • May 18, 2022

    Biotech Research Center Escapes Engineer's Paid Leave Suit

    A biotech research institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was able to ditch a former software engineer's lawsuit Tuesday alleging his firing after months on family and medical leave trampled his rights under state and federal laws.

  • May 17, 2022

    DOJ Sues To Force Steve Wynn To Register As China Agent

    The U.S. Department of Justice dusted off the Foreign Agents Registration Act on Tuesday, suing in D.C. federal court to compel Steve Wynn to register as a Chinese agent after it said the business mogul in 2017 lobbied President Donald Trump for a political favor at the behest of Chinese government officials.

  • May 17, 2022

    Orthopedic Center Hit With $111M Verdict For Botched Surgery

    A Minnesota federal jury has found that a St. Cloud orthopedic center's negligent care following a leg surgery directly caused "permanent, disabling and catastrophic" harm to a man's leg, awarding him more than $111 million in damages.

  • May 17, 2022

    Suit Over Fallen Cheese Art Settled With Border Wall Builders

    Two contractors for the federal government's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border have reached a settlement with an artist accusing them of intentionally demolishing his art project crafted from cheese just yards away on private property, the parties told a California federal judge Monday.

  • May 17, 2022

    Panel Says DOJ Can Shield Census Citizenship Question Docs

    The D.C. Circuit ruled on Tuesday the U.S. Department of Justice had properly kept a nonprofit watchdog group from accessing communications between Trump administration officials over how to add a citizenship question to the U.S. census.

  • May 17, 2022

    Meta Hit With Citizenship Bias Proposed Class Action

    Facebook's new parent company was slammed with a putative class action lawsuit in California federal court Tuesday by a job applicant who is a U.S. citizen and accuses Meta Platforms Inc. of not hiring him in favor of certain visa holders it could pay less.

  • May 17, 2022

    5th Circ. Denies 'Unjust' Dismissal Bid In Immigration Suit

    A Fifth Circuit panel chided a Houston immigration attorney for requesting what it called a "manifestly unjust" dismissal of a minor's appeal of an immigration removal order, a decision the attorney contends is based on a misunderstanding.

  • May 17, 2022

    Rubio, Cruz Float Changes To Visa-Free Travel Program

    Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, introduced legislation aimed at strengthening the security of a visa-free travel program, after a British citizen used the program to enter the U.S. and take members of a Texas synagogue hostage.

  • May 17, 2022

    DOL Chief Walsh Backs Immigration Reform To Fill Open Jobs

    U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh urged Congress on Tuesday to work on reforming the U.S. immigration system with an eye toward alleviating labor shortages affecting many sectors of the economy.

  • May 16, 2022

    High Court Raises Stakes Of Immigration Court Decisions

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Monday ruling barring judicial review of immigration courts' factual findings raises the stakes for noncitizens in immigration court proceedings, underscoring their need for adequate access to counsel.

  • May 16, 2022

    3rd Circ. Backs Asylum Seeker's Ineffective Counsel Claim

    The Third Circuit on Monday revived a Haitian man's fight against deportation after his first attorney failed to provide readily available evidence that the man's affiliation with a political group was threatening his life, ruling that the Board of Immigration Appeals erred in rejecting his ineffective assistance of counsel claim.

  • May 16, 2022

    BIA Must Rethink Asylum Bid Of Woman Who Aided Police

    The Ninth Circuit has revived a Honduran woman's bid for asylum, finding that the Board of Immigration Appeals wrongly dismissed her application by insufficiently investigating her claim to be a member of a persecuted social group that helps law enforcement.

  • May 16, 2022

    9th Circ. Says Indian's Activism Plans Warrant Asylum Redo

    A divided Ninth Circuit panel revived an Indian political activist's asylum application, faulting the Board of Immigration of Appeals for failing to consider whether his planned political activities prevent him from safely relocating to any part of India. 

  • May 16, 2022

    Justices Curb Court Review Of Immigration Rulings

    A split U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal courts may not review factual findings made by immigration officers while considering requests for deportation relief. 

Expert Analysis

  • Overcommunicate With Your Summer Associates This Year

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    2022 summer associates have had limited opportunities for professional interactions due to the pandemic, so supervising attorneys should prioritize intentional overcommunication by emphasizing importance of tone and content of emails, sharing feedback immediately, and more, says Julie Schrager at Faegre Drinker.

  • Nev. Case Highlights Settlement Authority Dilemmas For Cos.

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    A Nevada federal court's recent decision in Ceja v. The Vons Companies illustrates the pitfalls of misinterpreting a court order requiring a representative with full settlement authority to be present at negotiations, and is a reminder to consider that courts differ as to what full settlement authority means in practice, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • The Fastest Federal Trial Courts: A Look At Virginia, Florida

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    The Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket and the Northern District of Florida were last year’s fastest civil trial courts in the nation, and interviews with two of their judges reveal they have some of the same practices to keep litigation moving efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Tips For Evaluating Machine Learning For Contracts Review

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    Law firms considering machine learning and natural language processing to aid in contract reviews should keep several best practices in mind when procuring and deploying this nascent technology, starting with identifying their organization's needs and key requirements, says Ned Gannon at eBrevia.

  • How To Efficiently Deploy Your Professional Growth Strategy

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how time-strapped legal professionals can efficiently implement a professional growth framework by focusing on only the most effective actions to build the reputation and relationships key to their ideal practice.

  • A 6-Step Framework For Legal Industry Professional Growth

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how implementing a professional growth framework will help legal professionals gain expertise in a relevant niche to build credibility, focus marketing efforts and build an ideal practice.

  • Why Contempt May Be Apt Punishment For High Court Leaker

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    Contempt of court is an overlooked but potentially effective tool to punish whoever leaked the draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade and protect the integrity of the U.S. Supreme Court, says Michael Zuckerman at Zuckerman Dispute Resolution.

  • Opinion

    Clients' Diversity Mandates For Law Firms Are Necessary

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    Coca-Cola recently scrapped its proposed diversity staffing requirements for outside counsel, and other companies may be reassessing their mandates due to external pressures, but it is important to remember the myriad factors supporting these policies and why they are more important now than ever before, says David Hopkins at Benesch Friedlander.

  • 5 Questions That Can Help Law Firms Win RFPs

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    As the volume of matter-specific requests for proposals continues to increase in the legal market, law firms can take some new steps to fine-tune their RFP response-drafting process and strategy, says Matthew Prinn at RFP Advisory Group.

  • How Law Firms Can Employ More Veterans

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    Hiring attorneys who are veterans is often overlooked in law firm diversity, equity and inclusion plans, even though it generates substantial benefits, but partnering with like-minded organizations and having a robust and active veterans group will go a long way in boosting a firm's ability to recruit and retain veterans, say Daniel Sylvester and Nicholas Hasenfus at Holland & Knight.

  • Associates, Look Beyond Money In Assessing Lateral Offers

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    In the face of high demand for corporate legal work and persistent staffing constraints, many law firms continue to offer sizable signing bonuses to new associates, but lateral candidates should remember that money is just one component of what should be a much broader assessment, says Stephanie Ruiter at Lateral Link.

  • Preventing Impermissible Client Solicitation After ABA Opinion

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    Following the American Bar Association's recent opinion on the limitations on client solicitation, attorneys at Harris Wiltshire examine the principal rules that govern a lawyer's ethical duties with respect to solicitation, explain how those rules vary by jurisdiction, and provide some practical tips for ensuring compliance.

  • Lessons On Avoiding E-Discovery Violations And Sanctions

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    Michael Fox and David Cohen at Reed Smith discuss how counsel can assist their clients in meeting preservation obligations for electronically stored information in light of recent federal rulings on spoliation sanctions motions for possible violations of this duty.

  • A Guide To Web3 Applications In The Cannabis Industry

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    Jonathan Bench at Harris Bricken lays out how cannabis companies can use blockchain technology, such as nonfungible tokens and smart contracts, in licensing, financing and running their operations, and explains how lawyers and businesses in the space must navigate unsettled law and regulatory uncertainty.

  • Collaborative Tech Will Dictate Future Law Firm Success

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    Law firms need to shift their focus from solving the needs of their lawyers with siloed solutions to implementing collaboration technology, thereby enabling more seamless workflows and team experiences amid widespread embrace of hybrid and remote work models, says Kate Jasaitis at HBR Consulting.

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