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ICE Arrests at Courthouses: a New York Courthouse Study

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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2018 – Expanded immigration enforcement at courthouses, set in motion by the Trump administration, has had a chilling effect on noncitizens seeking access to justice, according to a report published by The Fund for Modern Courts.

The report, published December 5, 2017, details the impact of arrests carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in state courthouses in New York. ICE has begun targeting state courthouses as locations for enforcement actions, leading to an increase in the arrest rate and a significant impact on noncitizens seeking justice, the report says.

“While to ICE arresting a person ordered removed when that person himself or herself is seeking justice at a courthouse on an unrelated matters appears to have a certain ironic twist, there is a larger societal value at stake,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney with the law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “What if a foreign national ordered removed who was a witness to a crime against a citizen does not appear in court out of fear, or who as a victim of a crime will not file a police report out of fear? How are the rest of us all safer if wrongdoers can get away with their crimes? Courthouses are sensitive locations and ICE should not arrest persons ordered removed at courthouses absent urgent circumstances.”

According to estimates by New York’s Office of Court Administration, ICE has arrested about 50 people in New York courthouses, with most of those arrests taking place in New York City. The Immigrant Defense Project reported 101 incidents throughout New York State as of October 30, 2017, including 90 arrests and 11 attempted arrests. The Fund for Modern Courts noted that while the number of arrests is relatively small, the arrests are having a documented impact on immigrant communities where there have been reports of witnesses refusing to appear in court to testify and victims unwilling to report crimes.

The Fund for Modern Courts asserts that courthouses should be safe places for all people. The organization recommends that the federal government designate courthouses as “sensitive locations” where arrests are generally not to take place.

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McGlinchey Stafford Names William L. Grimsley and Kimberly Held Israel Members of the Firm

/EIN News/ — JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — McGlinchey Stafford is pleased to announce William “Will” L. Grimsley and Kimberly “Kim” Held Israel have been named Members of the firm. Grimsley joined McGlinchey Stafford’s Jacksonville, Florida office in 2011, and Israel joined in 2015.

“Will and Kim are outstanding members of our Commercial Litigation and Consumer Financial Services Litigation teams. They represent the talent, depth, and momentum of these practice groups and the firm throughout the nation,” said Rudy Aguilar, Managing Member of McGlinchey Stafford. “Will and Kim have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to excellence in representing the firm’s clients. We are proud to have Will and Kim as Members of our firm.”

“It is an honor to be named a Member of the firm and to be a part of the growth and success of our Jacksonville team and Consumer Financial Services Litigation practice group,” said Grimsley. “I look forward to continuing to work with my talented colleagues here and throughout the nation, and continuing to grow and build my practice in the years to come.”

“McGlinchey Stafford has provided me with a wonderful environment to grow my practice, and I have enjoyed working with the firm’s Jacksonville team and other attorneys in the firm’s 13 offices. I am proud and honored to be named a Member of the firm, and I am optimistic about our momentum as we enter the new year,” said Israel. 

Grimsley’s practice primarily focuses on the representation of clients in the financial services industry in commercial and consumer financial services litigation, real estate, bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the Florida Coastal School of Law in 2010 and his B.A. in Biological Sciences from Clemson University in 1998.

Israel maintains a focus on business litigation, representing businesses in matters tangential to day-to-day business operations, and in bankruptcy matters. She is a 1994 graduate of the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. Israel received her B.A. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1991.

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McGlinchey Stafford Names Magdalen Blessey Bickford and Robert Savoie Members of the Firm

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — McGlinchey Stafford is pleased to announce Magdalen Blessey Bickford and Robert Savoie have been named Members of the firm. Bickford joined McGlinchey Stafford’s New Orleans, Louisiana office in 2016, and Savoie joined in 2010.

/EIN News/ — “Mag and Robert are representative of the talent, depth, and momentum of McGlinchey Stafford’s national Labor and Employment practice group and Consumer Financial Services Compliance practice group,” said Rudy Aguilar, Managing Member of McGlinchey Stafford. “These two attorneys bring a client-first perspective and exceptional solution-focused mindset to client needs every day. Mag and Robert demonstrate a remarkable commitment to client and community service. We are proud to have Mag and Robert as Members of our firm.”

“From the time I joined McGlinchey Stafford in 2016, I have enjoyed working with this outstanding group of attorneys to grow and expand our Labor and Employment team’s scope. I am proud and honored to be named a Member of the firm, and I am looking forward to working with such remarkable colleagues in the years to come,” said Bickford. 

“It is an honor to be named a Member of the firm and to be a part of the growth and success of our Consumer Financial Services Compliance practice group,” said Savoie. “I look forward to continuing to work with my talented colleagues here and throughout the nation, and continuing to grow and build my practice in the years to come.”

Bickford represents management and employers in labor and employment matters, including litigation, and provides general labor and employment law advice. She received her J.D. from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 1986 and her B.A., cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans in 1983. 

Savoie focuses his practice on the representation of financial institutions with respect to banking and consumer financial services regulatory compliance. He received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2010 and his B.B.A. in Managerial Finance and Banking Finance, cum laude, from the University of Mississippi in 2007.

ABOUT MCGLINCHEY STAFFORD
McGlinchey Stafford is a full-service law firm providing innovative legal counsel to business clients nationwide. Guiding clients wherever business and law intersect, McGlinchey Stafford’s 180 attorneys are based in 13 offices in Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Washington, DC. To learn more about McGlinchey Stafford, visit www.mcglinchey.com.

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McGlinchey Stafford Names Terry G. Freeman a Member of the Firm

/EIN News/ — DALLAS, Jan. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — McGlinchey Stafford is pleased to announce Terry G. Freeman has been named a Member of the firm. Freeman joined McGlinchey Stafford’s Dallas, Texas office in 2011.

“Terry is a core member of our Corporate Law and Banking Counsel teams, and he has provided client-focused service for many years. We are proud to have Terry as a Member of our firm,” said Rudy Aguilar, Managing Member of McGlinchey Stafford.

Freeman represents banks and other financial services clients in connection with commercial and corporate lending and related activities. He has more than 34 years of experience structuring and documenting commercial and corporate finance transactions, and providing support and guidance to clients through the life cycle of those transactions. During his 20-plus years of providing legal counsel to financial institutions, Freeman has worked extensively on matters consisting of asset-based financing, healthcare lending, credit enhancement, and other general commercial and corporate loans. Additionally, he has provided legal representation to lenders in connection with new loans, workouts, bankruptcy and debtor-in-possession financing, and exit financing from bankruptcy.

“I am proud to be named a new Member of McGlinchey Stafford, and I look forward to continuing to work with my talented colleagues throughout the firm’s 13 offices to help clients address the legal side of the business and transactional challenges they face,” said Freeman.

Freeman received his LL.M. from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in 1994, his J.D. from the South Texas College of Law in 1993, and his B.B.A. in Management and Finance from Baylor University in 1982.

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McGlinchey Stafford is a full-service law firm providing innovative legal counsel to business clients nationwide. Guiding clients wherever business and law intersect, McGlinchey Stafford’s 180 attorneys are based in 13 offices in Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Washington, DC. To learn more about McGlinchey Stafford, visit www.mcglinchey.com.

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McGlinchey Stafford Names Christopher P. Couch a Member of the Firm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — McGlinchey Stafford is pleased to announce Christopher P. Couch has been named a Member of the firm. Couch joined McGlinchey Stafford’s Birmingham, Alabama office in 2016.

/EIN News/ — “Chris demonstrates exceptional knowledge and client service in banking and corporate law, especially with regard to emerging issues in an ever-changing regulatory environment. His knowledge and background have allowed us to better serve clients nationwide,” said Rudy Aguilar, Managing Member of McGlinchey Stafford. “Chris is a valued member of our Birmingham team, and we are proud to have Chris as a Member of our firm.”

Couch’s practice includes advising banks and other financial institutions in regulatory and operational matters, compliance, and commercial lending transactions, and privately held companies in corporate, capital markets, and commercial transactions. His practice also includes counseling regional and community banks with respect to deposit operations, payment systems, treasury management products, consumer regulatory regimes, and new services offerings, including electronic and mobile banking. In addition, Couch regularly works with regulated and unregulated companies in vendor and technology transactions (including issues of data privacy and cybersecurity), mergers, and acquisitions.

“It has been wonderful to work with the talented attorneys and staff of McGlinchey Stafford’s Birmingham office to form a strong Alabama presence and offer new services to the firm’s existing clients in the state,” said Couch. “I am very pleased to be named a Member of a firm that is so dedicated to contributing to the growth and success of the Birmingham business community.”

A 2002 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, Couch received his M.B.A., with honors, from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management in 2015.

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Contact: Katherine McCoy Rivera, Communications & Public Relations Manager | (504) 596-2829 | Email: kmrivera@mcglinchey.com

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McGlinchey Stafford Names Brian S. McGrath a Member of the Firm

/EIN News/ — NEW YORK, Jan. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — McGlinchey Stafford is pleased to announce Brian S. McGrath has been named a Member of the firm. McGrath joined McGlinchey Stafford’s New York City, New York office in 2015.

“Brian is sought after by our clients due to his ability to help resolve complex litigation in the most efficient, client goal-oriented manner. He is an outstanding resource for our clients with operations in the nation’s financial center,” said Rudy Aguilar, Managing Member of McGlinchey Stafford. “We are pleased to have Brian as a leader in our New York City office and on our Commercial Litigation team. It is my pleasure to congratulate Brian on becoming a Member of our firm.”

McGrath has almost two decades of commercial litigation experience including handling landmark patent litigation, complex antitrust matters, and labor disputes. Most recently, he has focused on representing financial institutions, including mortgage loan servicers, in a variety of litigation matters involving mortgage servicing, lender liability, consumer protection statutes, the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). McGrath’s practice requires him to routinely appear in state and federal courts, including conducting hearings and trials and engaging in complex motion practice. McGrath also has a substantial appellate practice, and he previously served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Kings County.

McGrath said, “I am proud to be named a new Member of McGlinchey Stafford. I look forward to continuing to build my practice and work with clients alongside the firm’s talented attorneys and staff in New York City as well as nationwide.”

He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from The State University of New York, University at Buffalo Law School in 2000, and his B.A. from The State University of New York at Geneseo in 1996.

ABOUT MCGLINCHEY STAFFORD
McGlinchey Stafford is a full-service law firm providing innovative legal counsel to business clients nationwide. Guiding clients wherever business and law intersect, McGlinchey Stafford’s 180 attorneys are based in 13 offices in Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Washington, DC. To learn more about McGlinchey Stafford, visit www.mcglinchey.com.

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South Carolina Drivers Injured in Winter Car Accidents Should Know Their Rights

Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2018 – South Carolina recently saw historic snowfall following a rare winter storm on January 3 that blanketed the coastal region with more than 5 inches of snow.

It marked the third-largest snowfall ever recorded in the Charleston area. The icy conditions have made the roads hazardous for much of Charleston and coastal parts of the state, which are unaccustomed to such harsh winter weather.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation and other state agencies urged people to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel due to the storm. Ice accumulation is likely to remain a serious problem for drivers in the coming days as the snow melts on roads and bridges.

“The risk of car accidents increases when roads are covered with ice and snow,” commented attorney David Pearlman of the Steinberg Law Firm. “Some drivers tend to overestimate their ability to drive in such hazardous conditions. Driving behaviors like texting while behind the wheel or speeding become even more dangerous in winter weather. It is best to exercise extreme caution when traveling on icy roads to avoid crashes.”

Aggressive, reckless or distracted driving becomes even more dangerous in such severe winter weather conditions. Drivers have an enhanced responsibility for keeping others safe when the roads are slick due to ice and melting snow. They should take extra care to use their turn signals, observe road signage, leave ample room between vehicles, follow speed limits and be more vigilant than usual. Motorists who fail to drive cautiously can cause car accidents that can lead to serious injuries, or even death.

The City of North Charleston reported that a 17-year-old man was charged for driving too fast for the snowy conditions following a fatal car accident that killed a pedestrian. Law enforcement also responded to dozens of minor wrecks and spin outs, while Mount Pleasant police dealt with at least 60 crashes in the storm’s aftermath.

Individuals who have been injured in a car accident should seek immediate medical attention, even if there is no apparent injury or the impact was minor. It is also important to keep records of all accident-related information including medical expenses, police reports and contact details of witnesses.

Additionally, be sure not to speak to insurance companies before consulting an experienced car accident lawyer. For those that have been injured in a winter car accident, set up a free consultation with the Steinberg Law Firm to discuss legal rights and options.

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Florida Motions to Make Texting While Driving a Primary Offense

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2018 – Currently, Florida law views texting while driving as a secondary offense, meaning that drivers cannot be pulled over for texting, but they can be ticketed if they have committed another driving offense. In the past, lawmakers have shot down any proposed legislature attempting to make texting and driving a primary offense.

On October 24, a bipartisan association of lawmakers decided to reach out to the Florida House and Senate to classify texting while driving as a primary offense. This would mean that a driver could be pulled over for just texting.

After the declarations of several people who experienced the death of a family member due to a texting driver, the Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee voted 7–1 to approve a primary-offense bill, SB 90.

There still remains some hesitancy in approving a primary offense for texting and driving. Senator Jeff Clemens, a Democrat from Lake Worth, has examined statistics in states with primary offense for texting and driving and claims that there is not much difference once the primary offense is instated.

Clemens says, “My main concern here is not giving people false hope that this is going to solve the problem. If we really want to do something to solve the problem, we should just not have people be able to use their phones while driving.”

Keith Perry, a Republican from Gainesville, is usually against such changes in regulations. However, knowing that his daughters of 17 and 20 are out on the roads, he recognizes the seriousness of the issue and has sponsored bill SB 90. He calls this a “public safety issue” and believes that the bill is intending to redirect driving behavior.

In the House, Democratic Representatives Emily Slosberg of Boca Raton and Richard Stark of Weston proposed HB 121. Perry’s proposed bill and HB 121 do not match up, but the sponsors said they would work together to advance the bills as they move through the legislature.

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