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  • January 15, 2019

    MLB Deal To Open Door For Cuban Players Is No Home Run

    A new deal between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation has the potential to open the floodgates for Cuban-born baseball players to play professionally in the U.S. without having to defect, but the regulatory changes that made the deal possible could be primed for a reversal.

  • January 15, 2019

    Citizenship Question Ruling Offers Model For Peer Courts

    A New York federal judge laid out exhaustive arguments for why U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross violated the Administrative Procedure Act by including a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census Tuesday, offering a road map for other pending legal challenges and anticipating issues in a likely appeal, attorneys said.

  • January 15, 2019

    Google, Amazon Urged To Keep Face ID Tech From Feds

    Dozens of advocacy groups joined together Tuesday to push Microsoft, Google and Amazon to refrain from selling face surveillance technology to the federal government, arguing that such a move would undermine public trust in their businesses and hand the government sweeping new power to target immigrants and minorities.

  • January 15, 2019

    Barr Pledges Independence In Oversight Of Mueller Probe

    President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general pledged at his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday that he would allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to keep running independently.

  • January 15, 2019

    Shutdown Causes 43K Canceled Immigration Court Hearings

    Nearly 43,000 immigration court hearings have been canceled since the federal government shut down in late December, according to new data from Syracuse University, wreaking havoc on the already overstuffed immigration courts and opening up individuals with valid immigration claims to yearslong delays.

  • January 15, 2019

    No Shutdown Pause In Child Refugee Detention Policy Fight

    A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to proceed with two proposed class actions claiming child refugees are being subjected to unreasonable custody delays, finding “good and sufficient reason” to order civil litigation technically sidelined by the partial government shutdown to stay on track.

  • January 15, 2019

    USCIS Breached Asylum Seeker's Confidentiality: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit has revived asylum claims made by a Kenyan citizen who claimed she escaped genital mutilation, holding that by uncovering through a third-party source that a piece of her evidence was forged, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services violated her confidentiality and may have put her at further risk.

  • January 15, 2019

    Citizenship Question Blocked From 2020 Census

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday struck down the Trump administration's inclusion of a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census, finding that U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had violated the Administrative Procedure Act in ignoring how it would harm response rates for Hispanic and noncitizen households.

  • January 14, 2019

    House Ousts Rep. King From Committees Over Race Remarks

    Congressional leaders on Monday condemned Rep. Steve King and stripped him of his seats on the U.S. House of Representatives' Judiciary and Agriculture committees after critics accused the Iowa Republican of making racist comments in an interview with The New York Times.

  • January 14, 2019

    Jones Walker Snags Fowler Rodriguez Team In Merger

    Jones Walker LLP has absorbed the founding partner of fellow New Orleans-anchored international dispute firm Fowler Rodriguez, along with a group of attorneys versed in working with domestic and international maritime, energy and insurance clients on issues including infrastructure deals, immigration, tax matters, mergers and acquisitions, and international arbitration.

  • January 14, 2019

    Feds Issue Guidance On Domestic Violence Asylum Claims

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Executive Office of Immigration Review have issued new guidance clarifying that there is no categorical bar on asylum claims involving applicants fleeing domestic violence and gang violence, in compliance with a recent D.C. federal court order.

  • January 14, 2019

    'National Emergency' Would Be Rife With Legal Challenges

    President Donald Trump would face a tangle of property, contract and environmental obstacles if he followed through on his proposal to circumvent Congress and authorize the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border by declaring a national emergency, experts say.

  • January 14, 2019

    House Intelligence Wants Details About Wall Justification

    The House Intelligence Committee hasn’t received any recent information from the Trump administration corroborating its “inflammatory claims” about the need for a wall on the Mexican border, the chairman said, asking the White House and the Intelligence Community to turn over the purported evidence behind the demand.

  • January 14, 2019

    DHS Sending H-1B Reforms To OMB For Final Review

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services signaled that it will swiftly move forward with its plans to reform the H-1B skilled worker visa lottery, sending the proposal to the Office of Management and Budget for review on Friday.

  • January 14, 2019

    Feds Ask 9th Circ. To Delay Flores Appeal During Shutdown

    The Trump administration asked the Ninth Circuit to postpone its appeal of a federal judge’s refusal to loosen standards of care for children detained in immigration custody, saying that regulatory processes that have been halted due to the partial government shutdown might affect the case.

  • January 14, 2019

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Border Wall Funds, Sanctuary Laws

    Republicans in the 116th Congress have introduced legislation seeking to curb immigration, including bills to fund a southwestern border wall, to restrict when migrants may petition for asylum and to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions. Here, Law360 takes a look at their proposals.

  • January 14, 2019

    ICE Sued For Docs On Detained Immigrant Transfer Policies

    Human Rights Watch has urged a California federal judge to force U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to turn over records relating to transfer policies for arrested and detained immigrants, saying the agency has failed to properly respond to its request for the records despite previously providing similar information to the group.

  • January 11, 2019

    The Firms That Dominated In 2018

    Law360's top four Firms of the Year notched a combined 32 Practice Group of the Year awards after successfully securing wins in bet-the-company matters and closing high-profile, big-ticket deals for clients throughout 2018.

  • January 11, 2019

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 11, 2019

    'Path To Citizenship' In Sight For H-1B Holders, Trump Says

    Changes to a visa program for foreign workers with advanced U.S. educational degrees may soon include a "potential path to citizenship," President Donald Trump tweeted Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Opinion

    Eyeballs Are Better Than Border Walls

    Stephen Pazan

    My rough calculations suggest “extreme vetting” of U.S. visa applicants could be as good as building a wall, and the human and economic costs would be much less, says Stephen Pazan, special counsel at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea and LoTurco LLP and a former consular officer with the U.S. Department of State.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

    Peter Jarvis

    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Navigating DHS' Uncertain H-1B Overhaul

    Matthew Kolodziej

    Although the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recently proposed changes to the H-1B visa lottery are intended to make the process quicker and easier, they appear unlikely to be finalized before the next H-1B cap application period begins, says Matthew Kolodziej of Jia Law Group.

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.

  • Asylum Case Exemplifies Executive Branch Overreach

    Steven Gordon

    Although there are shortcomings in some portions of the Ninth Circuit’s recent opinion in East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Trump, they do not affect its central conclusion that the administration's new asylum policy is legally flawed, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

    Sadie Baron

    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 Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    High Court Should Not Become Political Pawn Over DACA

    Andrew Pincus

    The U.S. Department of Justice's requests for the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court decisions on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program fall far outside the usual certiorari petition paradigm and should be denied, says Andrew Pincus of Mayer Brown LLP.