The five skills of highly effective in-house lawyers

I spent some time this week with a group of in-house lawyers facilitating a discussion around the skills and capabilities that corporate counsel need to be a success, particularly if they are just making the transition from private practice. The group itself was very diverse, ranging from a...

Justice Department appeals Alabama immigration ruling

"The Obama administration on Friday asked a federal appeals court to block Alabama's strict new anti-illegal immigration law after a federal judge allowed key portions to take effect." Reuters, Sept. 30, 2011.

The legal market place – carnage or opportunity?

When you look at the legal marketplace, what do you see? With the implementation of the far reaching Legal Services Act finally happening in the UK (albeit with some fairly significant delays in related regulation), it seems the right time to step back and assess the state of the market. Talking...

State Senator files bill to repeal Alabama immigration law

" Alabama Sen. Billy Beasley has filed a bill to repeal Alabama's sweeping immigration law, saying it is causing severe workforce shortages and problems in state courthouses and schools. "The people in the agriculture community are not happy with it because they can't get workers...

Hasta la vista baby – the termination of the legal profession

Later this week I'm running a session for a group of leading technology lawyers which will explore the future of the profession. Why I think this will be particularly interesting topic for this group is that I believe technology will be the single biggest driver of change for the legal sector...

Alabama church leaders seek repeal of immigration law

"Saying he was in their prayers, leaders of the Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist churches in Alabama sent a letter to Gov. Robert Bentley on Monday urging him to support efforts to repeal the state's strict immigration law, known as HB 56. The letter, signed by three bishops who sued...

Miss. Poised to Pass Anti-Immigrant Law

"Another controversial immigration bill is on the horizon in the South, a regional battleground that has seen a number of states pass reforms on illegal immigration. Mississippi's Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted 70-47 Thursday to pass the "Support Our Law Enforcement...

Alabama Immigration Law Fight Moves To South Korea

"South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai, which has large plants in Alabama, hasn't responded publicly to the state's extreme immigration law -- yet. Civil rights and labor organizations hope that will change, particularly after they traveled Friday to Hyundai's headquarters in ...

In Miss. Immigration Fight, Both Sides Quote Scripture

"Some lawmakers say religion represents a common reference point for members with diverse ethnic backgrounds and life experiences, so debate often transforms the state House's podium into a preacher's pulpit. "This is the South," explained Rep. Ed Blackmon, D-Canton. "This...

The 'Googling Juror' Has Emerged As 'Massive Concern' In Courts

By William A. Ruskin In an on-line article titled, " Rely on Instructions to Curb the Socially Networked Juror " (3/19/12), Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm writes that "the 'Googling Juror' has emerged as a massive concern in the courts with plenty of stories on the process being thrown...

William A. Ruskin: The Impact Of Twombly & Iqbal In Products Cases

By William A. Ruskin The Toxic Tort Litigation Blog brings to the attention of defense practitioners weapons to add to their defense arsenal. An article in the Bloomberg BNA Toxics Law Reporter (6/14/02), titled " Making the Most of Twombly/Iqbal in Product Liabililty Cases ", offers a valuable...

Intercontinental Love, Interrupted

"Today, a sad tale of intercontinental love interrupted by Texas law. It involves a couple who’ve seen each other only once since marrying 21 months ago." - Ken Herman, Oct. 11, 2012 .

Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin - U.S.-Russia Adoption Agreement

U.S.-Russia Adoption Agreement The Department of State announced on October 16, 2012, that the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children entered into force on November 1, 2012. This agreement should enhance the safeguards...

American DREAMers: UT Law Clinic Supports DACA

"Less than three months after President Obama’s announcement, the Law School’s Pro Bono Program began a successful partnership with the Immigration Clinic, and held its first weekend clinic for Austin high school-aged DREAMers, to help them prepare their DACA applications. The support...

The Saga of Sergio Garcia

Argument Recap in In re Garcia Before California Supreme Court: Does Federal Law Bar Licensing by the States of Undocumented Immigrants to Practice Law? Immigrant fights to become California lawyer Why is the Obama Administration Arguing that Undocumented Immigrants Should Not Practice Law?

Cyrus Mehta: Can An Undocumented Lawyer Practice Immigration Law?

"All eyes are focused on whether the California Supreme Court will grant an undocumented lawyer a law license in the case of Sergio Garcia . If an undocumented lawyer like Garcia is granted a license, what would happen if he chooses to practice immigration law? In the past, undocumented lawyers...

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Study Charges Orange County Probation With Unlawful ICE Referrals

"A new report from the UC Irvine School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC) blasts the Orange County Probation Department (OCPD) for its collaboration with federal immigration officials. The "Second Chances for All" study released today comes just days after activists shut down the entrance...

Arizona Border Residents Help Migrants Without Breaking the Law

"The worsening situation led some Arivaca residents to band together last year to form People Helping People, a group that provides aid to border crossers in the area. Shortly after, the group unveiled a humanitarian aid office, which now sits on the main drag of this rural town of 600 residents...

New Jersey Gov. Christie Signs Version of Dream Act Into Law

"Last year, Giancarlo Tello had to drop out of Rutgers University in Newark because he couldn’t afford the out-of-state tuition. This happened even though he lived in New Jersey. The problem was that Tello, 23, is from Peru and was undocumented when he came to this country at age 6. In New...

Expert: Immigration a 'Minefield' for Boehner, House Republicans

"With pressure mounting on House Speaker John Boehner to tackle the politically and emotionally charged issue of immigration reform, activists on both sides of the debate are gearing up for a major legislative clash in 2014. ... “It’s a minefield for him,” Stephen Yale-Loehr ,...

Accuracy for Adoptees Act Amends INA Sec. 320 [Post Expanded]

RECOGNITION OF STATE COURT DETERMINATIONS OF NAME AND BIRTH DATE - Section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1431) is amended by adding at the end the following: ‘‘(c) A Certificate of Citizenship or other Federal document issued or requested to be amended under this section...

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Change to INA Definition of Orphan - Sec. 101(b)(1)(f)(i)

Karen S. Law writes: "The definition of “orphan” found in INA 101(b)(1)(f) has been changed in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014. In adoptions from non-Hague Convention partner countries, there is no longer a requirement that both parents travel prior to or during the adoption...

Advocates Prevail in Challenge to Montana Anti-Immigrant Law

"On Friday, Judge Jeffrey Sherlock of the First Judicial District Court struck down the vast majority of Montana’s voter-approved law requiring state agencies to determine an applicant’s citizenship or immigration status before granting a wide variety of state services. The decision...