Immigration

  • July 30, 2021

    House Dems Want More District Judges, Too — 203 Of Them

    A group of House Democrats on Friday unveiled a proposal to create 203 new federal judgeships, introducing legislation a day after a bipartisan pair of senators proposed adding 77 federal district court seats in the coming years.

  • July 30, 2021

    Justice Dept. Sues Texas Over Migrant Transportation Order

    The U.S. Department of Justice sued Texas and Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday to stop the state's new migrant transportation executive order on grounds that it interferes with federal immigration law, and moved for an emergency order to immediately block the policy.

  • July 30, 2021

    Tech Worker Nonprofit Seeks To Back Trump-Era H-1B Limits

    A nonprofit organization that says it speaks for U.S. technology workers, and is represented by a prominent conservative attorney, asked a California federal judge Friday for permission to file a friend-of-the-court brief backing the federal government's defense of a Trump-era rule increasing restrictions for workers on H-1B specialty occupation visas.

  • July 30, 2021

    Haitian Temporary Protected Status Returns Aug. 3, DHS Says

    The Biden administration said Friday that it will open up Temporary Protected Status registration for Haitians next week, cementing the return of Obama-era deportation relief for Haitian nationals in the U.S. after years of litigation.

  • July 30, 2021

    Fla. Real Estate Co. Sues Feds Over Rejected EB-1 Visa

    A Florida real estate developer sued U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services over a rejected extraordinary ability visa for its Swedish CEO, saying the agency unlawfully ignored evidence that the executive played a vital role in fundraising more than $390 million.

  • July 30, 2021

    Senate Confirms Jaddou As 1st Woman To Lead USCIS

    The U.S. Senate voted 47-34 on Friday to confirm Ur Mendoza Jaddou to lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, setting the agency up to receive its first congressionally approved director since 2019 and its first-ever female leader.

  • July 29, 2021

    ​​​​​Garland Tears Into 'Unlawful' Texas Migrant Transport Order

    Attorney General Merrick Garland signaled Thursday that the government is prepared to sue Texas after the state's Gov. Greg Abbott issued an "unlawful" executive order restricting transportation of migrants at the southern border as COVID-19 cases begin to soar.

  • July 29, 2021

    Davis Wright Loses CBP Contempt Effort On Pot Docs

    A Washington federal judge declined to require U.S. Customs and Border Protection to show cause why it should not be held in contempt for allegedly ignoring his order to search for documents related to its marijuana policy, telling Davis Wright Tremaine LLP that he is "comfortable" the agency undertook a "reasonable search."

  • July 29, 2021

    Bipartisan Sens. Propose 77 New Fed. Judgeships Nationwide

    A bipartisan pair of senators on Thursday proposed adding 77 federal district court seats across the country, matching the judiciary's recommendations — except for omitted appellate seats — and splitting the new judgeships between 2025 and 2029 to sidestep partisan concerns.

  • July 29, 2021

    8th Circ. Won't Nix Deportation Under Child Abuse Rule

    The Eighth Circuit refused on Thursday to review a Honduran man's bid for deportation relief reserved for victims of child abuse, saying the government had discretion to decide he didn't deserve exemption because of his criminal history.

  • July 29, 2021

    Biden Immigration Plan Seeks Help From Allies, Private Sector

    The White House on Thursday expanded on President Joe Biden's 21-point plan to reshape federal immigration policy, underscoring that the success of the initiatives will depend on support from partner nations as well as private sector actors.

  • July 28, 2021

    Texas Migrant Youth Shelter Faces More Mistreatment Claims

    Two more whistleblowers came forward on Wednesday accusing a Texas shelter of holding migrant children in abusive and inhumane conditions amid organizational chaos in a complaint lodged with Congress and a government watchdog.

  • July 28, 2021

    Mass. Judge Axes Wage Suit Against Au Pair Agency

    A Massachusetts federal judge dismissed child care consultants' proposed class claims that an au pair agency illegally denied them minimum wage, saying the workers, who had provided "inconsistent" testimony, hadn't shown they were underpaid.

  • July 28, 2021

    Biden Judicial Noms Draw Rare GOP Praise, Unlike DOJ Pick

    President Joe Biden's selections for the Fourth Circuit and district courts in Connecticut and Virginia drew unusual bipartisan accolades at a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, although some Republicans did lambaste a former Boies Schiller partner tapped for a top post at the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • July 28, 2021

    DHS Approves Border Wall Remediation Projects

    U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas approved a group of projects to restore power, address safety risks and otherwise mitigate the environmental damage related to the Trump administration's U.S.-Mexico border wall.

  • July 28, 2021

    Judge O'Malley To Retire, Giving Biden 2nd Fed. Circ. Seat

    Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O'Malley will be retiring in March, according to a federal judiciary posting, giving President Joe Biden a chance to name a second judge to the appeals court.

  • July 27, 2021

    Arnold & Porter Prevails In Atty's Citizenship Bias Complaint

    A U.S. Department of Justice immigration unit largely freed Arnold & Porter from a contract attorney's citizenship discrimination complaint, upholding a $2,000 fine but finding that the firm wasn't aware she opposed a requirement — which has since been dropped — that attorneys on a discovery project be only U.S. citizens.

  • July 27, 2021

    Biden Seeks Fast Asylum Processing In Immigration Blueprint

    The Biden administration intends to speed up asylum processing at the U.S.-Mexico border, including by allowing asylum officers to decide claims for protection, according to a Tuesday blueprint outlining the next steps of President Joe Biden's immigration agenda.

  • July 27, 2021

    2nd Circ. Rejects Hezbollah Agent's Ineffective Counsel Claim

    A split panel of Second Circuit judges rejected a Hezbollah member's attempts to undo his convictions on terrorism charges, though one judge objected to his 40-year prison sentence, which would span most of the man's adult life.

  • July 27, 2021

    Lofgren Floats Startup Visa For Immigrant Entrepreneurs

    Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., introduced legislation that would provide visas to immigrant startup founders and open up a green card pathway for successful, foreign entrepreneurs.

  • July 26, 2021

    Boston Defense Attys Welcome Friendlier DOJ Under Rollins

    Local Boston defense attorneys hailed the Biden administration's selection of Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins as Massachusetts' next U.S. attorney, saying the progressive prosecutor has the potential to curb excessive white collar sentences and bring about "seismic change" to the high-profile office.

  • July 26, 2021

    Split 9th Circ. Denies Deportation Review Of Vague Conviction

    A split Ninth Circuit panel on Monday denied a Mexican woman's petition for review of her deportation, which was previously blocked due to the ambiguous nature of her drug conviction, citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that an unclear conviction alone cannot save an applicant's case.

  • July 26, 2021

    Garland Deals 4th Blow To Trump Policy In Asylum Order

    Attorney General Merrick Garland vacated a fourth ruling from his Trump-era predecessors on Monday, this time restoring immigration judges' discretion not to review stipulated material so they can focus on contested issues. 

  • July 26, 2021

    USCIS Opens Unfilled H-2B Slots To Returning Workers

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has opened unfilled H-2B nonagricultural guest worker visas to employers looking to bring back workers, saying it hadn't yet exhausted the extra visas the U.S. Department of Homeland Security secretary set aside for workers from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

  • July 26, 2021

    China Puts Sanctions on Wilbur Ross, 6 Others In Retaliation

    Beijing sanctioned seven Americans, including former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, in a one-to-one retaliation against Washington, D.C.'s sanctioning of seven Chinese officials in Hong Kong.

Expert Analysis

  • Key I-9 Compliance Steps To Prepare For Office Reopenings

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    Employers should take specific steps before offices reopen to ensure they can timely update employment eligibility verification documents completed remotely amid the pandemic and that their verification protocols can adapt to changing conditions, say Melissa Allchin and Matthew Gorman at Baker McKenzie.

  • Law Firms, Know Who's Responsible For Your Cloud Security

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    Lawyers generally know that files go into the cloud and that the files are then secured and protected, but it's necessary for firms to take a closer look at their cloud supply chain and then come up with a responsibility matrix that helps mitigate any potential risks or weaknesses, says Martin Ward at iManage.

  • Benefits For Law Firms Venturing Into New Services

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    By offering more services, law firms can deepen and strengthen their client relationships and truly become an extension of their clients' teams while generating new revenue streams, and while there are risks associated with expanding into consulting, they may be worth it, says Lou Ramos at Major Lindsey.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Immigration Reform Must Overturn Harmful Precedent

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    U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland's immigration reform should replace precedents that have allowed the federal government to deport, detain and deny protection to people with criminal convictions in a manner never authorized by Congress, says Andrew Wachtenheim at the Immigrant Defense Project.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Exelon GC Talks Diversity Initiatives

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    Executing a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion programming, through recruitment, inclusive legal pipelines and community empowerment via pro bono efforts, can ensure a strong environmental, social and governance proposition, says Gayle Littleton at Exelon.

  • Revamping Law Firm Marketing Lists — With Partner Buy-In

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    Jackson Lewis’ Paige Bowser shares lessons from the firm's recent overhaul of an outdated email marketing database, including tips for getting partners on board, ensuring compliance with privacy laws and augmenting outreach strategies.

  • The Murky World Of Legal Rankings Gets Some Clarity In NJ

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    New Jersey's new, stringent approach to legal rankings will make accolade advertising more transparent, benefiting both attorneys and clients and offering legal marketers a new set of best practices amid evolving standards, say Penny Paul at Lowenstein Sandler and Susan Peters at Greybridge.

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    Embracing ESG: Cigna Counsel Talks Employee Wellness

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    Building employee well-being into corporate environmental, social and governance priorities required our legal team to focus more closely on cross-functional collaboration within the company and increased communication with our board of directors and shareholders, says Julia Brncic at Cigna.

  • Hybrid Work Models Are Key To Gender Parity In Law Firms

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    To curb the historically high rates of attrition among female lawyers, Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks suggest firms must normalize hybrid work schedules, and they recommend best practices to promote engagement among all attorneys, regardless of where they work.

  • How Law Firms Can Market To Growing Hispanic Community

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    Hispanics constitute one of the fastest growing minority populations in the U.S., and with a young median age and broad technology use, forward-looking firms should consider digital marketing strategies to build a loyal client base, say Natalie Fragkouli and Liel Levy at Nanato Media.

  • 3 Keys To Winning Your Next Oral Argument

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    To leverage the unique opportunity oral arguments provide to talk directly to judges and contribute to their decision making, attorneys must mind the three hallmarks of persuasiveness: projecting credibility, exuding likability and gaining the listener's trust, says Daniel Karon at Karon LLC.

  • Keys To Efficient And Accurate Doc Review For E-Discovery

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    Attorneys involved in e-discovery can review information accurately and cost-effectively by understanding the data in a document collection and identifying its key pitfalls, drafting comprehensive review guidelines, and preparing ahead, says John Wertelet at Eckert Seamans.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Raytheon GC Talks Climate Change

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    Now that the climate crisis is seen as an existential threat, the stakes couldn't be higher — or the challenges more daunting — for the general counsel, who must enlist all parts of the company for support while providing both a legal and ethical road map on how to respond, says Frank Jimenez at Raytheon.

  • Mass. Ruling A Cautionary Tale For Attorneys Changing Firms

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    The Massachusetts high court's recent ruling in Governo v. Bergeron, that lawyers could be held liable for unfair competition with a former firm, highlights important considerations for departing attorneys soliciting clients to come with them, say Mariana Korsunsky and Gary Ronan at Goulston & Storrs.

  • Opinion

    Federal Cannabis Descheduling Bill Needs More Clarity

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    Although the time is ripe for comprehensive cannabis reform, a recently reintroduced marijuana descheduling bill contains numerous problematic gaps, including lack of clarity on a regulatory framework and little consideration for the challenges of interstate commerce and importations, say attorneys at Perkins Coie and Leafly.

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