• June 06, 2024

    Judge Consolidates Suits Targeting Okla. Immigration Law

    A federal judge has combined two lawsuits challenging a new Oklahoma law making it a crime for undocumented immigrants to live in the state, joining separate cases lodged by the Biden administration and a nonprofit immigrant advocacy group.

  • June 06, 2024

    Wash. Labor Dept. Wants To Back AG In ICE Inspections Suit

    The Washington state labor and health departments want to throw their support behind efforts in the Ninth Circuit by the state's governor and attorney general to defend a state law that allows surprise inspections at private immigration detention centers.

  • June 06, 2024

    'Brothel' Manager Violated Bail After $5.7M Sting, Feds Say

    A manager and bookkeeper facing federal charges connected to a COVID-19 grant and tax fraud scheme at a Connecticut strip club violated his bail conditions by showing up at the facility and "hanging out" with a potential witness, federal probation authorities have alleged.

  • June 06, 2024

    Cleaning Co. Must Undergo Assisted Recruitment For H-2B

    A U.S. Department of Labor appeals board affirmed an order requiring a cleaning and restoration company to undergo assisted recruitment until late April 2026 to hire H-2B workers, saying the company, which sought foreign janitors, failed to follow regulatory recruitment requirements.

  • June 06, 2024

    Kurzban Law Firm Launches DC Office In Farragut Square

    Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli & Pratt PA has launched an office in Washington, D.C., and named a Mayer Brown LLP attorney who was assistant secretary of state for consular affairs as its managing partner, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Biden Asylum Halt Contradicts Border Wire Suit, Texas Says

    Texas tore into the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, saying a new executive order that halts asylum claims from immigrants who cross the border illegally directly contradicts the agency's argument before the Fifth Circuit over Texas' use of concertina wire fencing at the border.

  • June 05, 2024

    Exceptions May Help New Border Rules Survive Litigation

    The new border regime that President Joe Biden rolled out this week relies on legal provisions that courts largely barred the Trump administration from using to restrict entry, but exceptions in Biden's policy could offer insulation from adverse rulings this time.

  • June 05, 2024

    Hiring Pattern Dooms Mo. Spa's Quest For Foreign Waitstaff

    A lakeside Missouri resort and spa lost in its quest to hire 15 foreign waitstaff for its tourist season after a U.S. Department of Labor appeals board ruled the resort failed to show its need for the foreign staff was temporary.

  • June 05, 2024

    Federal Judges Facing Scrutiny For Clerk-Hiring Boycotts

    The federal judiciary must take a look at its judges' hiring practices in the wake of some jurists' public refusal to hire students from certain law schools over on-campus political activity over the Israel-Hamas war, a nonprofit government watchdog said Wednesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    7th Circ. Affirms Toss Of Mexican National's Widow Petition

    The Seventh Circuit upheld U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' decision to deny a Mexican woman's bid for a visa as the widow of a U.S. citizen, saying the agency properly faulted her for misrepresenting her continued relationship with her ex-husband.

  • June 04, 2024

    House DHS Budget Bill Takes Aim At Biden Priorities

    The House Appropriations Committee released a $64.8 billion funding bill for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for next fiscal year, with a bevy of priorities and policy riders aimed at countering or undoing Biden administration immigration priorities.

  • June 04, 2024

    JPMorgan Accused Of Retaliating Against Indian H-1B Worker

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. is facing a new lawsuit accusing it of firing an Indian product manager on an H-1B visa after the former employee confronted his supervisor for allegedly discriminating against him based on his race and nationality.

  • June 04, 2024

    Garland Defends DOJ Integrity, Demurs On Justices' Ethics

    Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday defended the Department of Justice's independence, deflecting questions about ethics scandals at the U.S. Supreme Court and rejecting Donald Trump's "conspiracy theory" that federal prosecutors were the real force behind his recent conviction.

  • June 04, 2024

    9th Circ. Rejects Immigrant's Evidence Authenticity Challenge

    A split Ninth Circuit refused to revive a Guyanese man's bid for deportation relief, saying he didn't actually challenge the authenticity of evidence used to support his removability, including an FBI rap sheet he said included an incorrect birthplace.

  • June 04, 2024

    Biden Halts Noncitizens' Entry At Southern Border

    President Joe Biden announced executive measures on Tuesday to temporarily suspend the entry of noncitizens at the Southern border and bar asylum claims from those crossing illegally — measures that the American Civil Liberties Union immediately vowed to challenge in court.

  • June 03, 2024

    Voir Dire With No Judge Present Persists In State Courts

    Data released Friday by the National Center for State Courts revealed that voir dire conducted by lawyers with no judge present in the room persists in 7% of state court trials, but has been virtually eliminated in federal courts.

  • June 03, 2024

    Improper DHS Appointment Voids Asylum Rule, Groups Argue

    Two immigrant advocacy groups suing the federal government over a Trump-era rule that narrowed asylum eligibility have told a D.C. federal judge that the changes must be vacated, arguing that former acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf was improperly appointed, making the changes void.

  • June 03, 2024

    Attys Raise Safety Concerns In Feds' Bid To End Flores Deal

    Attorneys for human rights organizations in the long-running Flores litigation are opposing the Biden administration's bid to partially terminate an agreement in the case mandating safety standards for minors in immigration detention, saying it could weaken existing protections.

  • June 03, 2024

    Amazon, Wondery Want Out Of ICE Doc's Defamation Suit LLC, Wondery LLC and Morbid: A True Crime Podcast LLC asked a Georgia federal judge on Friday to dismiss a former immigration prison doctor's lawsuit alleging he was defamed by the release of a true-crime podcast episode that accused him of performing forced hysterectomies on detainees.

  • June 03, 2024

    Iowa Says State Immigration Law Is Constitutionally Sound

    Iowa has urged a federal judge to shoot down attempts to block a new state immigration law set to take effect July 1 empowering state officials to arrest noncitizens who were previously deported, saying it doesn't usurp federal immigration authority.

  • June 03, 2024

    Jury Trials Dwindle In State Courts; Fall Started Before COVID

    Jury trials have continued to "vanish" from state courts, despite seeing a slight bump following the pandemic shutdowns, with 2021 seeing fewer than half the number of jury trials as 2019 and one-third the number held in 2007, according to a new report from the National Center for State Courts.

  • June 03, 2024

    2nd Circ. Reverses Polish Woman's Removal For Drug Offense

    The Second Circuit revived a Polish immigrant's bid to cancel her deportation from the U.S., saying her drug conviction under New Jersey state law for distributing cocaine didn't qualify as an aggravated felony under a comparable federal law.

  • June 03, 2024

    Justices Won't Review Migrant Harboring Convictions

    The U.S. Supreme Court won't review a Kentucky federal jury's verdict convicting two restaurateurs on four counts of harboring unauthorized immigrants, shutting down those business owners' arguments they were not intentionally hiding the migrants from the government.

  • June 01, 2024

    Blockbuster Summer: 10 Big Issues Justices Still Must Decide

    As the calendar flips over to June, the U.S. Supreme Court still has heaps of cases to decide on issues ranging from trademark registration rules to judicial deference and presidential immunity. Here, Law360 looks at 10 of the most important topics the court has yet to decide.

  • May 31, 2024

    Group Sued Over Immigrants' Benefits Too Late, Panel Holds

    A Michigan state appeals court has nixed a nonprofit's challenge to the court's ruling that working while unauthorized is a crime and that immigrant workers are not entitled to benefits once their unauthorized status is discovered, saying the group brought the lawsuit in an untimely manner.

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Expert Analysis

  • What New DHS Cybersecurity Policy Means For Bid Protests

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    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recently unveiled policy of factoring cybersecurity self-assessments into its overall evaluation of contractors could raise novel bid protest considerations for offerors in both the pre-award and post-award contexts, say Amy Hoang at Seyfarth and Sandeep Kathuria at L3Harris Technologies.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Navigating USCIS' New Minimum EB-5 Investment Period

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    Recent significant modifications to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ EB-5 at-risk requirement are causing uncertainty for several reasons, but investors who consider certain key aspects of prospective projects can mitigate the immigration and investment risks, say Samuel Silverman at EB5AN, Ronald Klasko at Klasko Immigration, and Kate Kalmykov at Greenberg Traurig.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • CFPB, DOJ Signal Focus On Fair Lending To Immigrants

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    New joint guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Department of Justice effectively broadens the scope of protected classes under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to include immigration status, indicating a significant shift in regulatory scrutiny, say Alex McFall and Leslie Sowers at Husch Blackwell.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Cos. Must Adapt To Calif. Immigration Data Privacy Law

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    California’s recently signed A.B. 947 expands the California Consumer Privacy Act and brings the state in line with other comprehensive privacy laws that address immigration status, meaning companies should make any necessary updates to their processes and disclosures, say Kate Lucente and Matt Dhaiti at DLA Piper.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • Consider Immigration Issues When Hiring Int'l Medical Grads

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    As health systems across the U.S. struggle to meet patient demand, recruiting international medical graduates can help alleviate some strain, although sorting through the requisite visa processes may require some extra legwork depending on the qualifications of both the graduate and the employer, say Nora Katz and Vinh Duong at Holland & Knight.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

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