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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2018 – On January 25, 2018, the White House issued its framework on immigration reform with provisions to build a massive border wall, provide legal status for DACA beneficiaries, and also make major changes to U.S. family based immigration eligibility and eliminate the diversity lottery program.
The outline focuses on deterring illegal immigration through the creation of a $25 billion trust fund for a southern border wall and other border improvements, and increased spending on the enforcement side, including funding additional DHS personnel, ICE attorneys and immigration judges.
Sandwiched between the border wall and enforcement only provisions, is providing a path to legal permanent resident status for DACA recipients, provided certain good moral character, education and other requirements are met.
“Offering the carrot of DACA legalization in an otherwise border wall enforcement legislative scheme which also slashes family based immigration eligibility takes a clean DACA fix and mires it in controversial legal immigration policy considerations which complicate the path to the needed 60 senate votes for passage,” said Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “Under current law, family members abroad can qualify to re-unite with U.S. citizens under several visa classifications, with some from certain countries willing to wait more than 20 years to do so. That is hardly chain migration.”
Comprehensive immigration reform is long overdue and would be ripe for debate in Congress with the goal of 60 or more votes in the Senate and a majority in the House needed for passage. Whether this framework once in the form of a bill can clear both houses remains to be seen.
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The New Zealand Law Society is unable to confirm whether or not a complaint has been made related to the allegations of sexual misconduct towards students in a summer law clerk programme at Russell McVeagh.
Law Society President Kathryn Beck says while the Law Society will investigate all complaints received, the governing legislation does not allow disclosure of any information about complaints or investigations.
“If a complaint is not received, speaking generally, if sufficient evidence or information is received about the conduct of a lawyer which indicates they may have engaged in misconduct or unsatisfactory conduct, that is a matter which can be referred to a standards committee to decide whether to commence an investigation of its own motion.
“However, the provisions of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 mean we are unable to comment on specific matters or cases.”
Ms Beck says any form of sexual harassment is totally unacceptable in legal workplaces and there is no doubt that it is covered by the legislation.
“The purposes of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 are to maintain public confidence in the provision of legal services, to protect consumers of legal services and to recognise the status of the legal profession.
“While the Act focuses on the work lawyers or law firms carry out, it also makes it clear that it covers conduct which is unconnected with the provision of regulated services but which would justify a finding that the lawyer is not a fit and proper person or is otherwise unsuited to engage in practice as a lawyer.”
The New Zealand Law Society has released a Practice Briefing, Working Remotely, which outlines some of the ethical and practical considerations relevant to working remotely as a lawyer.
The guidance applies to both lawyers in private practice and in-house lawyers.
Working flexibly is increasingly common across all industries, with MBIE estimating that about 50% of workers have some flexibility in their work arrangements.
The Practice Briefing suggests that employers and employees should have a clear agreement on the policy for working from home and remotely.
Considerations which lawyers working from home need to address include being prepared for visits by a variety of people related to the lawyer’s practice. A suitable address for service also needs to be considered.
Client confidentiality and privacy, security issues and how clients will be met or accommodated are important matters, along with ensuring the personal safety of lawyers.
The Practice Briefing says lawyers who conduct a law practice from home must be ever-mindful of their paramount duty to the court and the administration of justice. Lawyers in practice on own account must also ensure that all employees are supervised.