July 2019 Archives



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On Wednesday this week, the Department of Homeland Security formally published new regulations overhauling the Employment Creation Visa, more commonly known as EB-5. Under the EB-5 program, if a foreign national invests in the United States, and thereby creates ten jobs for U.S. workers, the foreign national can receive a green card. The newly announced regulations significantly restrict the program.

To discuss these late-breaking changes, we are publishing our first bonus episode! In this breaking news roundtable, EB-5 experts Stephen Yale-Loehr and Kristal Ozmun join David in discussing the EB-5 program changes, and how they may result in fewer jobs for U.S. workers being created by the program.

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Children's Immigration Law Academy - Pro Bono--ABA

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Welcome to Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation! Thousands of children must face immigration judges each year without appointed counsel.  With representation, asylum seekers have a five times greater chance of winning their case.  Below you will find pro bono opportunities nationwide to support children . Funded by the Vera Institute of Justice, Pro Bono Matters for Children Facing Deportation allows lawyers to search and share available pro bono cases for unaccompanied children (UC) detained by the federal government or released to live with family members while in deportation proceedings.


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Active-duty troops are barred from performing law enforcement functions inside the U.S. by the Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law enacted in 1878 that prohibits the government from using military forces to act as a police force within U.S. borders.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., who chairs the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Readiness, says having active duty troops monitor migrants is "teetering on the edge of the posse comitatus law."

"It's not the role of the U.S. military to be a prison guard," he said. "This is certainly mission creep" and could put U.S. military service members "in a precarious legal situation."

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Amy Wax Controversy Drags Penn Law Into Free-Speech Dilemma | Law.com

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Penn Law Dean Ted Ruger found himself in a familiar spot last week--caught between outraged students demanding sanctions against Amy Wax for what they view as her racist public comments and free-speech advocates who believe that the controversial professor has a right to air her views, however offensive.

Ruger had been in a similar position at least twice in the past two years when Wax published op-eds and gave interviews that were widely perceived as denigrating immigrants and black students at the law school.

The dean has taken a middle-of-the-road approach with Wax, and in the latest incident issued a statement condemning her comments as racist. He also said that they do not reflect the law school's position, but did not take formal action against her. Penn Law said Wax will be taking a previously planned sabbatical during the upcoming school year, however.

The recent controversy stems from Wax's statements that U.S. would be "better off with more whites and fewer nonwhites," during a panel at a national conference for conservatives.

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Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

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The goals of the Center for Retirement Research are to promote research on retirement issues, to transmit new findings to the policy community and the public, to help train new scholars, and to broaden access to valuable data sources.





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In one of the documents released Thursday, an FBI agent said it appears then-candidate Trump was involved in discussions over the hush money payment to former porn star Stephanie Clifford.


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Panels Focus on Merit in Selection of Magistrate Judges

Magistrate judges play a critical role in the federal Judiciary, fulfilling a broad range of responsibilities and easing heavy caseloads in district courts. A new video by the U.S. courts explains the merit selection process for these judges.

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Law Practice Tips | Jim Calloway | Law Firm Management Insights

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Jim Calloway:


Yes, Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips is Back!! (Almost) After my blog's launch in January, 2005, I regularly posted law practice tips, my observations on law practice technology and management, links to interesting articles and more. I had over thirteen years of regular postings. But in the summer of 2018, I found myself in a triage situation. Both of my staff resigned for unrelated reasons within a few weeks of each other and I had just taken on primary responsibility for one of the most important projects of my career, organizing and managing the 2018 Oklahoma Access to Justice Summit. So something had to give and blogging had to be it. I continued sharing information through my Twitter account, @JimCalloway. I resolved to get back to blogging within a year and am just meeting that goal.

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The "old" blog address https://jimcalloway.typepad.com/ will be closed in early 2020.

Please visit the new blog address https://www.lawpracticetipsblog.com/ to subscribe to receive the posts via email or RSS feed. (The feed logo is at the top right hand side of the blog.)

"Unlocking the Mysteries of Google Scholar." --MyCase

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Today's free giveaway is a guide from MyCase: "Unlocking the Mysteries of Google Scholar." 


Google Scholar is an easy-to-use platform that grants users access to a broad spectrum of federal and state case law without breaking the bank.

In this guide, you'll learn to:

  • Create targeted keyword/phrase searches to improve your research
  • Speed up your searches with advanced filters and a hidden search feature
  • Research parties, judges, attorneys, expert witnesses, and more

You will need to fill out a form to download the free guide.


AILA - Featured Issue: 2019 Large-Scale Enforcement Actions and Raids

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AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION


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This page includes a variety of resources to assist in responding to large-scale enforcement actions and raids. Please visit the Immigration Justice Campaign's Raids Response website if you are interested in volunteering.

Raids Resources--Please share widely in your communities prior to the raids starting

AILA Raid Resources Quick Sheet 

  • AILA Raid Resources Quick Sheet - print and share this document with clients and advocates to share key resources including local raids resource hotlines and contact information for select cities.

Know Your Rights Resources

EOIR Case Status Information

  • To check information related to you or your client's immigration court case, call the EOIR electronic phone system at 1-800-898-7180, enter the A number and listen to see whether a removal order has been issued in the relevant case.

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The NY ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience)

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The NY ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) program is a tax-advantaged savings plan administered by the Office of the New York State Comptroller and is designed to help individuals with disabilities maintain their health, independence and quality of life without risking their Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and other means-based benefits. If you know someone who is living with a disability or is caring for a loved one with a disability, please encourage them to visit the NY ABLE website or call 1-855-5NY-ABLE to learn more about opening an account.

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...Documents released last Sunday revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials employed facial recognition technology to scan motorists' photos to identify undocumented immigrants. The F.B.I. also spent more than a decade using such systems to compare driver's license and visa photos against the faces of suspected criminals, according to a Government Accountability Office report last month. On Wednesday, a congressional hearing tackled the government's use of the technology...

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By Dan M. Clark and Jason Grant 


Lawyers representing four immigration legal service organizations on Thursday launched a federal lawsuit in the Southern District of New York aimed at thwarting the Trump administration's reported plan to deport thousands of undocumented immigrants as part of a series of nationwide raids expected in the coming weeks.

The lawsuit, filed preemptively by the American Civil Liberties Union, New York Civil Liberties Union and law firm Munger, Tolles, & Olson, argued the due process rights of those immigrants require that they be offered an immigration hearing prior to deportation. The legal action appeared to come in response to news reports that broke Thursday saying that nationwide ICE raids of undocumented families--backed by President Trump and reportedly first thought to be happening in June--would begin this Sunday.


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"Your Judge Is Your Destiny" | Topic

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Agnelis L. Reese has presided over more than 200 hearings during the past five years as an immigration judge. Unique among her peers, she has rejected every single case.

Epstein Indictment 2019 07 08

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United States of America vs Jeffrey Epstein SDNY  19 CRIM 490


All Documents in the Doe v. Trump Lawsuits -- The Memory Hole 2

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On Nov 4, 2016, "Jane Doe" told her lawyers to withdraw her lawsuit. ... 

>>> A woman whose identity is being protected has filed a civil lawsuit against Donald Trump and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein (a convicted sex offender) accusing them of raping her in 1994...


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