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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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  • 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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  • Jan 09, 2019Ray Lahoud to Present on Family Immigration

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, will present “Seeking Family Immigration Benefits in Immigration Court” at the NJICLE Seminar, “Family Immigration Visas/Immigration Law Practice in 2019 & Beyond,” on Wednesday, January 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12:35 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

    The seminar will focus on the impact of Trump’s new administration and their desire to change the current immigration system, which focuses on family ties, into a system that focuses on merit. In 2018, the U.S issued fewer Family Visas and extended waiting periods for the application process. With more changes approaching, lawyers should prepare to manage the concerns and expectations of clients who are trying to bring a family member into the country. For more information and to register, 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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  • Sep 04, 2018Norris McLaughlin to Present I-9 Compliance Seminars for Employers

    Raymond G. Lahoud, Esq., a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, is pleased to present a two-part seminar series for all human resource professionals, business owners, compliance officers, administrators, and management at organizations and companies in every industry of every size on how to complete the I-9 process correctly, prepare for random immigration inspections, and be proactive in avoiding devastating employer immigration compliance penalties.

    The seminars are free of charge and open to the public.  HRCI and SHRM credits are available.  Lahoud will present “How to Handle Form I-9 When Hiring and After” on Friday, October 19, and “Best Practices for ICE Audits When It Comes to Form I-9” on Tuesday, November 13.  Both sessions will be held 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Norris McLaughlin’s office in Bridgewater, New Jersey.  SHRM and HRCI credits are available. For more information and to register, click here or RSVP by email to Jacqueline Ehrenkranz, Marketing Coordinator, at jehrenkranz@norris-law.com.

    “Daily, employers are caught off guard when Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents come knocking at Human Resources’ door, seeking to conduct random Form I-9 audits.  We want you to be prepared, proactive, and represented.  I am relieved that so many employers see the value in this seminar, as the topic is timely and emergent,” said Lahoud.

    A resident of Easton, Pennsylvania, Lahoud focuses his practice primarily on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations.  His practice includes Citizenship, U.S. Non-Immigration Visas, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, U.S. Immigration Visas, EB5 Investor Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant 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, and VAWA applications.  Lahoud also has a long history of political and business management expertise.

    Lahoud also works in the field of Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.  His practice focuses specifically on Deportation Defense at the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Circuit Court levels.  He has defended individuals against deportation across the United States.  In state and federal appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to deportation proceedings.  He also represents individuals who overstayed their visas or entered the United States without inspection.

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades.  He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, 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 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full-service, mid-sized, regional law firm with 130+ attorneys serving the legal needs of businesses and families in the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania areas, uniquely positioned to represent Fortune 500 corporations, middle-market companies, and individuals, since 1953.  Once a humble two-man practice on Main Street in Somerville, New Jersey, Norris McLaughlin has become the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey.  The Pennsylvania office has been named “Best of the Valley” for Overall Attorney by Lehigh Valley Magazine, selected as a Morning Call Top Workplace, and among the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania.

    Norris McLaughlin also enjoys an international reputation for excellence through its membership in Meritas, the largest worldwide affiliation of high-quality law firms.  Through Meritas and the Firm’s multidisciplinary team approach, clients both local and abroad receive the services of counselors, advisors, strategists, and advocates.  These dedicated professionals have one mission – to be the firm of choice for clients seeking the most creative, comprehensive, and effective legal services available.

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  • Jan 12, 2018Chair of NMM Immigration Law Practice Raymond Lahoud Speaks on Asylum

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, will speak on the topic of asylum on two separate occasions.

    On Tuesday, January 30, Lahoud, along with other immigration lawyers who practice in New Jersey, will present “Understanding Asylum and Refugee Law.”  Hosted by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Immigration Law Section, the program will be held at the Best Western Robert Treat Hotel in Newark from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Moderated by the Hon. Dorothy Harbeck, US Immigration Judge, participants will address how asylum, refugee status, and persecution are defined; the process of credible and reasonable fear interviews; evolving case law and legal strategies regarding particular social groups; presenting a case before the Immigration Court; the asylum “clock;” utilizing protection under Article 3 of the Convention Against Torture (CAT) in difficult cases; and bars to status.  Up to 4.5 New Jersey and New York credits and 3.5 Pennsylvania credits are available.

    On Friday, February 23, Lahoud will present at the 2018 New York Asylum and Immigration Conference to be held at New York Law School from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM.  Intended for new and experienced attorneys, as well as professors, featured topics include an intro to asylum law, ethics in immigration law, the future of immigration, Unicef and UNHCR Statelessness and child migrants, diversity and inclusion, best practices before the Asylum Office, how to prove persecution on account of a protected ground, direct and cross examination, and motions to reopen and reconsider.  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 and inclusion training.  The event is hosted by the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section, Federal Bar Association SDNY Chapter, Federal Bar Association International Law Section, New York Law School Safe Passage Project Clinic, and New York Law School Asylum Clinic.

    A resident of Pennsylvania, Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations.  Lahoud has received numerous accolades.  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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  • Jan 09, 2018Raymond Lahoud Named Top 5 Rising Stars Nationally by EB5 Investors

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, has been named one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally by EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals.  Lahoud will be listed among the most influential and leading EB-5 industry professionals in the “Top 25 Attorney” edition of EB5 Investors Magazine.

    Lahoud has significant EB-5 related experience in every aspect of the program, including regional center formations and management, and representation of investors from across the world, including the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Central and South America, Australia, and Europe, in all aspects of direct and regional center investments.  He has traveled to Middle Eastern, European, and Asian countries to present educational sessions for possible investors, and provided leadership and counsel to economic development organizations, municipalities, developers, quasi-government entities, planning commissions, and more, to implement and market the EB-5 program as an alternative means of funding for public and private projects.  When a client – whether proposing a possible EB-5 project or wanting to create a regional center or an investor from any country—seeks EB-5 related work, Lahoud directs the process from commencement to conclusion.

    A resident of Pennsylvania, Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations.  Lahoud has received numerous accolades.  He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, 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.  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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