Section Newsletter Articles on Immigration Law

Contingency planning for the undocumented By Elizabeth McGuan International and Immigration Law, October 2013 It is estimated that there are over 5,100 children of undocumented parents in foster care in 22 states. As attorneys, while we may not be able to prevent the detention, with careful preparation, we can minimize the collateral damage to our clients, and most significantly, protect their parental rights.
Newsflash—Immigration legislation & caselaw update webinar Young Lawyers Division, October 2013 Mark your calendar now for this insightful program to be held on November 5, 2013!
Temporary protected status should be a welcome rule of law By Patrick M. Kinnally International and Immigration Law, October 2013 The author shares his views on our nation's immigration policies.
Unauthorized practice of immigration law and comprehensive immigration reform By Y. Judd Azulay International and Immigration Law, October 2013 Author Judd Azulay argues there is a need for strict controls over unauthorized practice of law in immigration cases to protect public interests and the competency and the efficiency of the legal system.
Newsflash—Immigration legislation & caselaw update webinar Agricultural Law, September 2013 Mark your calendar now for this insightful program to be held on November 5, 2013!
Recent cases International and Immigration Law, September 2013 Recent cases of interest to international and immigration law practitioners.
Non-citizen defendants charged with state drug crimes: Some new, refreshing jurisprudence By Patrick M. Kinnally International and Immigration Law, July 2013 Two recent decisions from the Supreme Court provide further definition to the area of State law drug possession and trafficking crimes and whether they constitute aggravated felonies which would make a non-citizen defendant deportable.
Right to counsel for immigrants: Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder By Cindy G. Buys International and Immigration Law, July 2013 Experienced immigration practitioners know that while noncitizens enjoy a statutory right to counsel in immigration-related proceedings, there is no right to government-appointed counsel if the noncitizen cannot afford an attorney.
Applying for naturalization and removal hearings: Can you get a remedy? By Patrick M. Kinnally International and Immigration Law, April 2013 The Seventh Circuit in Klene v. Napolitano has leveled the playing field. There is no legal reason to give priority to removal proceedings over naturalization proceedings.
Broadening the statutory grounds for asylum through the application of the Mixed-Motives Doctrine By Eric Choi International and Immigration Law, April 2013 The decision in Mustafa v. Holder may assist asylum seekers by broadening the scope of applicants who may be considered for relief from removal through the statutorily protected grounds of asylum under the INA.
Recent cases International and Immigration Law, April 2013 Recent cases of interest to international & immigration law practitioners.
Legislation on driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants presents administrative challenges to the Secretary of State’s Office By Marc Christopher Loro Human Rights, March 2013 This article reviews Public Act 97-1157's provisions, explains the challenges, and offers some thoughts on how those challenges could be met.
H-1B quota for 2014 By Tejas Shah International and Immigration Law, February 2013 A basic overview of the H-1B quota The 2014 fiscal year H-1B visa quota filing date is fast approaching. The quota opens on April 1, 2013 and it is anticipated that there will be a higher volume of applications this year than in the past three years.
Recent cases International and Immigration Law, February 2013 Recent cases of interest to International and Immigration Law practitioners.
Adjustment of status, false claims to United States citizenship and voting in elections By Patrick M. Kinnally International and Immigration Law, November 2012 The Adjustment of Status form can be a trap for the unwary practitioner.
Does your client’s business employ immigrants? By Scott D. Pollock International and Immigration Law, November 2012 The author provides the outline from his presentation at this year's CLE program, "What if Your Client is Foreign-Born?"
Immigration and refugee law issues Tibetan asylees have faced in the United States By Bayarjargal Sereenen International and Immigration Law, November 2012 The author examined 43 U.S. circuit court cases to learn more about the immigration issues Tibetan refugees face when they come to this country. 
Immigration update: Can civil union partners in Illinois apply for immigration benefits? By Shannon M. Shepherd Human Rights, November 2012 Are federal immigration benefits are available for our clients in same-sex relationships living in Illinois?
Seventh Circuit speaks on time limits for filing motions to reopen in Sarmiento v. Holder By Shannon M. Shepherd International and Immigration Law, November 2012 In Sarmiento v. Holder, the Court analyzed the finality of immigration court and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decisions in the context of subsequent motions to reopen and reconsider.
I-9 Compliance: Information for employers By Scott D. Pollock International and Immigration Law, September 2012 Common questions and answers for employers dealing with Form I-9.
Recent cases International and Immigration Law, September 2012 Recent cases of interest to immigrational and immigration law attorneys.
Tax and estate planning issues for non-citizens By Michael R. Pieczonka and David A. Berek International and Immigration Law, September 2012 The second installment of material culled from the May 3, 2012 CLE presentation, "What if Your Client is Foreign-Born? Good Lawyering in the Global Legal Environment."
Tax & estate planning issues for non-citizens By Michael R. Pieczonka and David A. Berek International and Immigration Law, August 2012 The first installment of material culled from the May 3, 2012 CLE presentation, "What if Your Client is Foreign-Born? Good Lawyering in the Global Legal Environment."
Asylum and withholding of removal: The necessity for appointed counsel By Craig R. Miller International and Immigration Law, July 2012 When an indigent, deportable alien speaking little or no English is not appointed an attorney, the outcome of a removal proceeding is fundamentally unfair.
“The newlywed game”—Marriage fraud in immigration: Ethical guidance By Jesse Hodierne International and Immigration Law, May 2012 A discussion of marriage-based immigration, the federal laws curtailing and prohibiting marriage fraud, and recommended actions for attorneys who know or suspect their clients are committing marriage fraud in an attempt to circumvent the immigration laws of the United States.
Representing undocumented immigrants in civil cases—False documents, lying and aliases: Don’t ignore them By Patrick M. Kinnally International and Immigration Law, May 2012 Four recent cases highlight the issue of the use of deception by using phony documents or assuming an identity. Two are criminal cases, two are civil. Read these opinions.
H-1B quota for 2013 By Tejas Shah International and Immigration Law, April 2012 While it is anybody’s guess how quickly the quota will fill up this year, it is reasonably certain that it will fill up sooner than in past years.
Lawful permanent resident aliens: Is there a right to return? By Patrick M. Kinnally International and Immigration Law, March 2012 The decision in Vartelas v. Holder should be of substantial significance to lawful permanent resident aliens who long ago may have committed crimes which made them excludable or deportable from the United States.
Recent cases International and Immigration Law, March 2012 Recent cases of interest to international & immigration attorneys.
The ARDC can now investigate and prosecute the unauthorized practice of law—Good news for immigrants By Scott D. Pollock International and Immigration Law, January 2012 Last month the Illinois Supreme Court amended its rules, thereby enhancing the ARDC's authority and benefiting immigrants to the U.S. and their family members, who have a particularly critical need for competent legal advice and representation.