higher education

  • Nov 08, 2019Nick Pellitta to Speak on College Sexual Harassment and Assault Cases

    Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will join a panel of attorneys discussing “College Disciplinary Hearings Involving Sexual Harassment and Assault – What Is the Latest?” on Wednesday, November 13, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. The program is being presented in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Individual Rights Section and the NJSBA Higher Education Special Committee.

    About the Presentation

    “Colleges and universities are committed to protecting their campus communities from sexual violence. Recently proposed rules governing how campuses deal with sexual misconduct allegations may impact the way schools respond to these allegations,” said Pellitta. He will speak on what campus disciplinary proceedings look like and the variations at different schools; the Title IX statute, Department of Education guidance, and proposed federal regulations; and considerations when representing a higher education institution. Discussions will also include due process considerations and related issues.

    The program is approved for 3 NJ CLE credits and 3 NY CLE professional practice credits with 2.5 PA CLE substantive credits pending. For more information and to register, visit the NJSBA website.

    About Nick Pellitta

    A resident of Flemington, Pellitta has substantial experience in a variety of legal areas in both federal and state courts. He has represented colleges and universities for more than 30 years in areas such as tort claim defense, campus security, alcohol policies, police litigation, civil rights, and student discipline.

    Pellitta is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). He is a current board member and former chair of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and former chair of the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation Board.

    Pellitta earned his J.D. from New York Law School and his B.A. from Rutgers University.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    With a total of more than 40 years of experience, the Norris McLaughlin higher education attorneys have represented colleges and universities in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania with a broad range of legal needs. Services offered include advice and counsel/transactional, bankruptcy, cannabis, construction, criminal, environmental, health care, immigration, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and land use, student discipline, and taxation.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full-service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with offices located in Bridgewater, Montclair, and Short Hills, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, Pennsburg, and Easton, PA. For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit

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  • Sep 18, 2019Ray Lahoud to Speak at Lehigh Valley Schools

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm, Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will speak at Moravian Academy and Muhlenberg College on Friday, September 20.

    About the Presentations

    First, Lahoud will speak on imperialism and immigration to the “Latinos in the Lehigh Valley” class at Moravian Academy, 11:00 a.m. – noon. He will discuss his experience working with the immigration process, student and work visas, and the residency/citizenship process, as well as his personal journey as a child of Lebanese immigrants. The purpose of the class is to give the students information to help dispel any erroneous stereotypes and misconceptions they may have about the immigration process and those who are part of it.

    Lahoud will then present “Borders, Nationalisms, Identities: The Ethics of Global Citizenship” program for the Muhlenberg College Center for Ethics. This panel discussion, open to the public, will take place 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in Miller Forum of Moyer Hall. Theresa Cardinal Brown from the Bipartisan Policy Institute will also participate in the discussion, to be moderated by Ross Dardani, Assistant Professor of Political Science.

    “In a time when immigration is at the forefront of the American political debate, it is important that education facilities open their campuses to discussions on today’s immigration system, not only to answer the concerns raised by students and faculty about current immigration enforcement measures but also to provide an intellectual forum to discuss today’s immigration laws and the future of America’s immigration policies,” said Lahoud.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on 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. His 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.

    Lahoud’s experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.

    Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A., English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    With more than 30 years of experience, Norris McLaughlin’s higher education attorneys have represented colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York with a broad range of legal needs. The firm also provides a full-service immigration practice whose trained professionals have extensive experience in the field of immigration law.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with main offices located in Bridgewater, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, PA. For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit

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  • May 15, 2018Raymond Lahoud Interviewed by New Jersey Business Magazine

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, was recently interviewed by New Jersey Business, a publication of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association.  The resulting article, “Immigration Law Issues: Strict enforcement of immigration law is impacting New Jersey employers,” discusses how New Jersey businesses are affected by current issues in immigration law, affected businesses within New Jersey, such as the importance of the I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification  Form; the H-1B Work Visa; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); Temporary Protected Status (TPS); discrimination in the workplace; and the impact on higher education.

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations.  He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, has received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked 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 Lahoud 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.

    Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review.  He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

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