• December 01, 2023

    Split 5th Circ. Says Texas Must Move Rio Grande Barrier

    A split Fifth Circuit panel on Friday upheld a lower court's order requiring Texas to move a floating barrier in the Rio Grande intended to prevent migrant crossings from Mexico, saying the barrier obstructs navigability and poses a risk to human life.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justices Call O'Connor 'American Hero,' 'Perfect Trailblazer'

    Following news of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's death at the age of 93, current and former high court justices paid public homage to her trailblazing career, devotion to the rule of law and illuminating charisma.

  • December 01, 2023

    DOJ Wins 10th Conviction In Marriage Fraud Scheme

    A Boston jury has convicted a Los Angeles man of participating in a conspiracy to fabricate fraudulent marriages between U.S. citizens and foreign nationals for immigration purposes, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • December 01, 2023

    9th Circ. Won't Kill 'Chicken-And-Egg' Green Card Process

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Friday that the federal government has wide latitude to consider the availability of employment-based visas before approving green card applications, rejecting an argument from Indian nationals that doing so conflicts with U.S. immigration law.

  • December 01, 2023

    Texas Tries Again To Stop Border Razor Wire Cutting By Feds

    Texas has launched a new bid to block federal agents from removing razor wire on the U.S.-Mexico border as the state appeals a Texas federal judge's order denying a preliminary injunction on disturbing the fencing while a lawsuit against the Biden administration plays out.

  • December 01, 2023

    Former Clerks Say Justice O'Connor Still Worth Emulating

    BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.

  • December 01, 2023

    Naturalized Citizen Lied About Torture In Bosnia War, Feds Say

    A naturalized U.S. citizen from what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina has been charged with "repeatedly" lying to immigration officials about past human rights abuses, including participation in the torture of Serb prisoners during the Bosnian War.

  • December 01, 2023

    Mexican Family Victimized By Cartel Loses Asylum Bid

    The Board of Immigration Appeals backed an immigration judge's decision to deny asylum to a Mexican family that lost a relative to cartel violence, ruling Friday that the cartel was targeting the family's land and not the family members themselves.

  • December 01, 2023

    New Evidence Merits New Green Card Bid, Judge Rules

    A U.S. man's denied green card petition for his Colombian wife should not be reconsidered in light of new evidence of her divorce from a previous husband, a Florida federal judge decided, saying the evidence belongs in a new petition.

  • December 01, 2023

    Special Visas Needed To Address Health Labor Shortages

    In the first of a three-part series focused on labor shortages, Law360 examines the immigration solutions that could help alleviate the strain on the healthcare sector.

  • December 01, 2023

    4 Decisions For Which Justice O'Connor Will Be Remembered

    Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justice O'Connor Shattered Barriers, Built Bridges

    A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.

  • December 01, 2023

    Sandra Day O'Connor, First Woman On Supreme Court, Dies

    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.

  • November 30, 2023

    Smithfield's Lack Of Documentation Dooms H-2B Requests

    Smithfield Fresh Meats Corp. was denied temporary foreign workers for dozens of various positions related to meatpacking at three facilities because it provided insufficient documentation to support its claimed short-term needs, an appeals judge ruled in four separate decisions.

  • November 30, 2023

    House Passes Bill Barring Migrants' Housing On Federal Land

    The House voted Thursday largely along party lines to pass a Republican bill barring the government from using federal funds to provide temporary housing to asylum-seekers and other immigrants in national parks and on other federal land.

  • November 30, 2023

    Talent Manager Sues Lewis Brisbois For Costing Her Millions

    An entertainment industry attorney and talent manager filed a $10 million malpractice suit against Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and one of its former attorneys, alleging the attorney's failure to perform caused her to surrender her rights to millions in compensation through a settlement agreement on later-dismissed ethics charges.

  • November 30, 2023

    Vague Staffing Chart Sinks H-2B Bid For Tesla Refinery

    A Texas contractor has lost its bid for 170 temporary H-2B workers because the project management software it used to determine the manpower it would need for a project at a Tesla Inc. plant provided information that was too general, an appeals board ruled.

  • November 30, 2023

    DOL Board Says Labor Shortage Can't Justify H-2B Caregivers

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has denied an in-home care company's application for three caregivers under the H-2B temporary foreign worker program, rejecting its argument that a labor shortage justified the request.

  • November 30, 2023

    Judge Won't Ban Feds From Removing Texas' Wire Fence

    A Texas federal judge refused to bar the Biden administration from taking down the razor wire installed by state police at the border, saying the state couldn't obtain such an order against the federal government based on state trespass claims.

  • November 29, 2023

    Dem Sens. Resist Tying Asylum Changes To Israel, Ukraine Aid

    Eleven Senate Democrats responded Wednesday to reports of new restrictions on the U.S. asylum system being considered in bipartisan negotiations over an aid package for Ukraine and Israel with a joint statement opposing any such policy changes.

  • November 29, 2023

    Past Contract Work Dooms Fabricator's New H-2B Worker Bid

    A Texas metal fabricator's recent $5.7 million contract has undermined its efforts to temporarily hire dozens of foreign welders and pipefitters to fulfill a $5 million contract, according to a Tuesday decision from the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • November 29, 2023

    9th Circ. OKs Mexican Man's Removal For Idaho Drug Crime

    The Ninth Circuit in a published opinion Wednesday denied a Mexican man's petition fighting his deportation, rejecting the man's argument that a drug trafficking conviction he received in Idaho did not warrant his removal.

  • November 29, 2023

    Appeals Board Says No H-2B Workers For Permanent Need

    A construction firm's separate bids for temporary foreign workers for a natural gas project in Texas were properly denied because the company didn't show that it wouldn't need the same labor for future contracts, an appeals board ruled.

  • November 29, 2023

    Justices Cast Doubt On Future Of SEC's In-House Courts

    The conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed poised to declare the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's in-house courts unconstitutional, but some expressed concern about whether such a ruling could have spillover effects on the government's ability to prosecute violations of immigration, customs and workplace safety laws.

  • November 28, 2023

    6th Circ. Backs Restaurateurs' Migrant Harboring Conviction

    A Sixth Circuit panel majority on Tuesday affirmed a Kentucky federal jury's verdict convicting two restaurateurs of harboring immigrants who were living in the country without legal permission, rejecting the duo's arguments that the government did not prove they intentionally hid the migrants but splitting on whether prosecutors have to prove as much in the first place.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

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