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  • Apr 30, 2020The Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, L Visa Employers and Workers, and America’s Global Workforce

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, and William C. Menard, an Associate of the firm, will present the free, virtual town hall, “The Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, L Visa Employers and Workers, and America’s Global Workforce.”

    About the COVID-19 Immigrant Workforce Town Hall

    The purpose of this virtual town hall session is to answer many of the questions that companies, hospitals, and schools have about the effects of COVID-19 on compliance and processing regarding their immigrant workforce. Ray and William will address how the pandemic has impacted several areas, including:

    • I-9 compliance
    • The issuance of visas for managers, professionals, and students outside of the United States
    • Timing and procedures for visa sponsorship inside the United States
    • How to assist employers, hospital staff, and school administrators minimize the impact of this current pandemic on their day-to-day operations

    When: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    1:00 – 2:00 p.m

    Registration: Eventbrite

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While Ray’s immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters. Ray has served nearly every industry. His employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance.  Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts—seeking review of employer immigration compliance and other immigrant and non-immigrant visa issues.

    Ray has been awarded the “Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award” each year since 2012, selected as “Lead Counsel,” received the Martindale-Hubbell “Platinum Client Champion Award,” and named a Super Lawyers Rising Star as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney” in the New York Metro Area. EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Ray one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community.

    About William Menard

    William practices exclusively in immigration law and deportation defense. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law, appearing on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

    William has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and the Board of Immigration Appeals and conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has completed and advised on a host of permanent residence visas, temporary visas, applications for asylum, applications for cancellation of removal from the United States for both permanent and nonpermanent residents, and much more. William represents clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, as well as petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security.

    In addition, William is active in his community on immigration matters, helping to write a town ordinance protecting immigrants from discrimination. He has also advised education professionals on how to help ensure that immigrant students feel safe in school.

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  • Apr 29, 2019William Menard to Present “Best Practices Serving Immigrant Families Impacted by Special Education and Immigration Laws”

    William C. Menard, Associate at law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Best Practices in Serving Immigrant Students and Families Impacted By Special Education and Immigration Laws,” from noon – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.  The presentation, sponsored by Teach for America, will be part of New Jersey’s First Annual Homecoming event, a two-day celebration of community service, alumni induction, and workshops.

    The two-part presentation will include an overview of laws impacting immigrant families navigating the education system, such as Plyler v. Doe, and review the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); and English Language Acquisition legislation. Menard will also discuss his work in removal defense, family-based immigration, and corporate immigration. Additional topics will include how children and schools in New Jersey are affected by immigration laws and executive policies, local and state sanctuary city orders, deportation proceedings in mixed-status households, workplace immigration raids, and deportation proceedings in mixed-status households. The event, to run from 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, will feature workshops led by teachers, public and charter school administrators, school district leaders, and community organizations; a networking breakfast and happy hour, an alumni induction luncheon, and more. Registration is free to the public, but educators and community organizations in the Newark/Paterson area are especially encouraged to attend. For more information and to register, please click here.

    Menard is a leading immigration law and deportation defense attorney. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law, and has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Menard has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and the Board of Immigration Appeals, and has conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also represented clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, and presenting petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security. He has also represented clients from countries in six continents, including Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

    Menard earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2012 and his B.A. in Government at Claremont McKenna College in 2009.  In law school, Menard was selected to join the prestigious Moot Court Honor Society, earning the Joseph T. Tinnelly Best Brief Award for his year and being twice chosen to argue in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the largest and most respected moot court competition in the world.

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  • Mar 22, 2018William Menard to Moderate the Somerset County Business Partnership Immigration Forum

    William C. Menard, an Associate of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will moderate the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) Business Builders Breakfast, “Employers & Immigration Forum,” on Tuesday, April 17, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m., at the firm’s Bridgewater office.  Other panelists will include Alejandra Price, Senior Contract Specialist & Legal Analyst at Brother International, and Audris Francis, Director of Talent Acquisition at Sanofi.  The forum will focus on how to attract top talent from around the world and comply with the increasingly strict enforcement of immigration laws.  Networking and breakfast will also be offered.  For more information or to register, visit the SCBP website.

    Menard is a leading immigration law and deportation defense attorney.  He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law and has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  He has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and the Board of Immigration Appeals and has conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Menard has completed and advised on permanent residence visas and a wide range of temporary visas.  This has included Permanent Labor Certifications in the first, second, and third Employment-Based Categories for business managers, executives, other professionals, as well EB-5 processing projects for foreign investors.  He has also worked extensively on L visas for international corporations and their executives and managers, including “Blanket L” Visas for large global companies.

    Menard also represents clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, as well as petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security.  He has also represented clients from six continents, including Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

    Menard earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2012 and his B.A. in Government at Claremont McKenna College in 2009.  In law school, Menard was selected to join the prestigious Moot Court Honor Society, earning the Joseph T. Tinnelly Best Brief Award for his year and being twice chosen to argue in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the largest and most respected moot court competition in the world.

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  • Mar 06, 2018William Menard Discusses Immigration Detention on PRI’s “The World”

    William C. Menard, an Associate of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., spoke about immigration detention with Monica Campbell on “The World,” a collaboration between Public Radio International (PRI) and the BBC, and what effect this procedure has on immigrants’ rights.  Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that certain noncitizens who are detained in prison during immigration proceedings do not, under the Immigration and Nationality Act, have a statutory right to a bond hearing.  In other words, many immigrants now do not have a right to prove they should be released from prison as they fight their deportation case.  The interview can be heard on PRI.org’s story, “Why a recent Supreme Court decision on bonds is a ‘red flag’ for immigrants in detention.”

    Menard is a leading immigration law and deportation defense attorney.  He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law and has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  He has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and the Board of Immigration Appeals and has conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Menard has completed and advised on permanent residence visas and a wide range of temporary visas.  He represents clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, as well as petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security.  He has also represented clients from six continents, including Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

    Menard is also active in his community on immigration matters, helping to write a town ordinance protecting immigrants from discrimination, and has advised education professionals on how to help ensure that immigrant students feel safe in school.

    In law school, Menard was selected to join his school’s prestigious Moot Court Honor Society.  As a part of Moot Court, he earned the Joseph T. Tinnelly Best Brief Award for his year, and was twice chosen to argue in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the largest and most respected moot court competition in the world.  As an undergraduate, Menard worked for the Claremont Courier, a Los Angeles-area newspaper, where he covered numerous topics, including U.S. Congressional campaigns, immigration in Southern California, healthcare and abortion rights, and more.  He also interned for a New York labor and employment law firm and worked as a public relations representative for the Harlem Children’s Society, promoting a New York-based organization that helped bright children from underprivileged backgrounds and communities pursue college degrees and careers in math and science.

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  • Apr 05, 2017Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Welcomes New Immigration Attorneys

    The Bridgewater, New Jersey, based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Raymond G. Lahoud as a Member and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, and William C. Menard as an Associate in the Immigration Law Practice Group.  They, along with their team, join Norris McLaughlin, P.A. from Baurkot & Baurkot, a leading immigration law and deportation defense law firm.

    Lahoud primarily focuses his practice on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.  He works in the field of Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers, but his practice focuses greatly on Deportation Defense at the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Circuit Court levels.  Lahoud has defended individuals against deportation across the United States.  Often, his Deportation practice takes him into state and federal appellate courts, where he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the commencement of the deportation.  On the other hand, he has represented individuals who overstayed their visas or entered the United States without inspection.  Lahoud also has a long history of political and business management expertise.

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades for his pro bono efforts, as well as his achievements in the area of immigration law.  He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area.

    Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he served as the Editor of The Lehigh Review, earned Deans List, was named a President’s Scholar, was inducted into Phi Beta Delta, and received, among other awards, the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

    In law school, Lahoud earned Deans List, several CALI awards in many different legal courses, and a position on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.  He was actively involved in several programs and other organizations such as the Barristers’ Counsel, ABA Law Student Division, ACLU at GULC, Catholic Student Association, and the Innocence Project, as well as worked for the Honorable Joanne Seybert, Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

    Menard is a leading immigration law and deportation defense attorney.  He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law and has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  He has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and Board of Immigration Appeals and conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Menard  has completed and advised on a host of permanent residence visas, as well as a wide range of temporary visas,  represents clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including and obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, as well as petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security.  He has represented clients from six continents spanning the entire globe, including: Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

    Menard is also active in his community on immigration matters, helping to write a town ordinance protecting immigrants from discrimination, and has also advised education professionals on how to help ensure that immigrant students feel safe in school.

    Prior to that, in law school, Menard was selected to join his school’s prestigious Moot Court Honor Society.  As a part of Moot Court, he earned the Joseph T. Tinnelly Best Brief Award for his year, and was twice chosen to argue in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the largest and most respected moot court competition in the world.  While an undergraduate student, Menard worked for the Claremont Courier, a Los Angeles-area newspaper, where he covered numerous areas as a journalist, including U.S. Congressional campaigns, immigration in Southern California, healthcare and abortion rights, and more.  He also interned for a New York labor and employment law firm and worked as a public relations representative for the Harlem Children’s Society, promoting a New York-based organization that helped bright children from underprivileged backgrounds and communities pursue college degrees and careers in math and science.

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