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  • Jun 07, 2019Norris McLaughlin Sponsors the 34th Annual Lebanese Festival

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and Raymond G. Lahoud, Member of the firm and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, are proud to sponsor the St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church Lebanese Festival, better known as “Mahrajan,” in Somerset. The event will be held Friday, June 7, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., Saturday, June 8, noon – 11:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 9, noon – 10:00 p.m., at St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church, 526 Easton Avenue, on the corner of Franklin Boulevard. Admission and parking are free of charge.

    The festival is an outdoor gathering for authentic Middle Eastern food, music, dance, and culture. Traditional Lebanese foods such as falafel, shawarma (gyro), hushish kabob, spinach pies, tabouhli, stuffed grape leaves, and more will be featured. Vegetarian and vegan options will also be available. In addition, guests will be able to enjoy a large assortment of Middle Eastern pastries including baklawa, mamool, nammoora, and ghraybeh.  Festivities will also include live music, games, raffles, prizes, and nights of Lebanese dancing. Featured performers include Eddie Osama on Friday; Ayad Atallah on Saturday; and Jad Rahme on Sunday, who will be performing traditional and popular Lebanese songs. For more information, please visit: https://saintsharbelnj.org/.

    “As the son of Lebanese immigrants, I am proud to support these great festivities and help the Lebanese communities play a vital part in the success of our region,” said 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.  His 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 B.A., English, summa cum laude from Lehigh University in 2006, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009.

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  • Jun 04, 2019Ray Lahoud to Present Immigration Law Basics

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will present “EOIR (Removal and Deportation) and Immigration Courts” on Thursday, June 27, 1:10 – 1:40 p.m., at the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) Seminar, “2019 U.S. Immigration Law: Basics & Beyond” hosted by  New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Immigration Law Section, Labor & Employment Law Section, and International Law and Organizations Special Committee.

    The seminar will run 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. It is designed for those who want an immigration update or refresher and for those who wish to have a basic understanding of immigration practice and procedure. This program will present the basics of immigration practice, including how to obtain Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas and how to handle employment and family-based immigration matters; and provide an update on the Trump Administration’s immigration initiatives and its efforts to shift the immigration structure from a family-based to a merit-based system.

    Registration costs are $235 for non-NJSBA members, $188 for NJSBA members, and $176 for NJSBA Section members. New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and ethics CLE credits are available. For more information and to register, click here.

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

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

    Janice V. Arellano and William C. Menard, Associates 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.

    Arellano concentrates her practice in general litigation with an emphasis in tort claims defense, employment and civil rights, both in State, and Federal court. She represents colleges and universities, businesses, hospitals and medical providers in a wide range of matters.  Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Janice was an associate at a New Jersey-based insurance defense firm, gaining experience in employment law, personal injury defense, school board and special education matters. Before law school, Janice was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Public Policy Fellow in Washington, D.C., and taught for three years in West Philadelphia charter schools as a part of Teach for America. Janice currently serves in leadership roles for non-profit boards and professional committees. She is also active in efforts to increase diversity and inclusion with Hispanic/Latino and Asian Pacific American organizations.  She earned her J.D. in 2014 from Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law, where she was a Law and Public Policy Scholar and obtained a Certificate in Trial Advocacy and Litigation. She completed her M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Philosophy, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College.

    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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  • Apr 05, 2019Ray Lahoud to be Interviewed for Montclair State University’s Live Broadcast

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, will be interviewed during Montclair State University’s “Focus: Immigration” live broadcast Wednesday, April 10, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., regarding the many issues immigrants face.

    The broadcast will include a “Reporters’ Roundtable,” where Lahoud, reporters, the President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and a moderator will discuss immigration hot topics including the US-Mexico border, migrant caravans, deportation, detention centers, and ICE. Lahoud will also be interviewed about citizenship through employment. For more information and to watch the broadcast live, please click here.

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

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  • Apr 04, 2019Raymond Lahoud to Present I-9 Compliance Seminar for Employers

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, will present “Are You I-9 Compliant?” for all human resource professionals, business owners, compliance officers, management, and administrators at organizations and companies in every industry of every size. The seminar which will address how to complete the I-9 process correctly, prepare for random immigration inspections, and be proactively avoid devastating employer immigration compliance penalties is set for Wednesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the firm’s Allentown Office.

    The Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Instructional Seminar is free of charge and open to the public. HRCI and SHRM credits are available. For more information and to register, click here or RSVP by email to Katlyn Huff, Marketing Coordinator, at.

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

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  • Mar 06, 2019Raymond Lahoud to Present on Immigration Law and the Real Estate Industry

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, will present “The Intersection of Immigration and Real Estate” for members of Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS®, Thursday, March 7, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., in White Plains, New York.

    Lahoud will cover the intersections of immigration with residential and commercial real estate transactions, including those involving documented and undocumented immigrants, temporary foreign employees, and international students; foreign corporations seeking to open a location in the United States or considering a complete relocation of company and employees; and residential and commercial property developers seeking alternative, low-cost project financing.

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

     

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  • Feb 27, 2019Raymond Lahoud to Present at New York Immigration and Asylum Law Conference

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will present at the 2019 New York Asylum and Immigration Law Conference to be held at New York Law School from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8.  Intended for new and experienced attorneys, as well as professors, featured topics include an intro to asylum law, ethics in immigration law, constructing the narrative, best practices before the asylum office, new developments, and detention issues.  As the events fall on International Women’s Day, the conference will offer a presentation on gender violence and a poetry reading by Professor Marjorie Agosín, Human Rights Activist.  Each of the three tracks will offer up to 8.5 hours of CLE, including options for 1.5 hours of ethics and 1.5 hours of diversity, inclusion, and elimination training.  The event is hosted by the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section and New York Law School’s Asylum Clinic.

    Lahoud will co-present the “Introduction to Asylum Law,” 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., speaking on the U.S. asylum process, entities involved, standards and burdens of proof, and basic case law.  The presenters will also compare asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention Against Torture.  For more information or to register, click here.

    Lahoud focuses 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 corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.  His 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 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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  • Feb 20, 2019Raymond Lahoud to Present Immigration Law for Lehigh County Paralegal Association

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, will present “A Confusing Immigration System: Facts, Myths, & Effects on Your Practice, What You Need to Know,” at noon on Friday, February 26, at the Bar Association of Lehigh County in Allentown.  Lahoud will provide an overview of the American Immigration system (without the political spin), its impact on the everyday lives of many Americans, and its increasing importance in other legal practices. This presentation has been approved by the Keystone Alliance of Paralegal Associations for one substantive Paralegal CLE credit.  For more information or to attend, please contact Karen Mesch by Friday, February 22, at (610) 433-6204 ext. 12, or via email at .

    Lahoud focuses 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 corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.  His 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 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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