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Immigration Practice, 15th Edition

The library has now acquired,Immigration Practice, 15th ed by Robert C. Divine and R. Blake Chisam. This source provides an overview of immigration law and is designed for attorneys involved in immigration practice. The first part is helpful for understanding the basics of representing and interacting with clients. There is also a discussion of the different U.S. departments that are involved in regulating immigration practice as well as the rules of practice for those agencies. Researching the sources of immigration law and obtaining government files are also explored. This practice guide also covers the immigration process and focuses on non-immigrant visas and status, permanent residence, U.S. Citizenship, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and removal proceedings. This source also explores different paths for obtaining permanent residence such as employment, family-based petitions, and asylum. There are informative charts included throughout the book and there are annotati…

Advanced Introduction to International Tax Law

Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, the Irwin I. Cohn Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School has authored, Advanced Introduction to International Tax Law, which provides a summary of international tax law from a global perspective. The book is essentially divided into two parts: an overview of the international tax regime; selected contemporary issues. The first part, begins with a brief introduction and then discusses both territorial and source jurisdiction. Territorial jurisdiction allows a nation to tax an individual or company within its borders and source jurisdiction allows a nation to tax citizens regardless of residence. Inbound taxation (taxation of non-residents on income taxable from sources within that country) and Outbound (taxation of a countries citizens' income from sources outside that country's jurisdiction) is explored in detail for both passive and active income. Tax treaties, source rules, and transfer pricing are also explained. The second part, cove…

2014 Terrorism Report Released

The Department of State has just released the Country Reports on Terrorism 2014, a report reviewing and analyzing international progress against terrorist activities.  It is available online from the state department’s website here; previous years’ reports are available here

The Country Reports on Terrorism reports are mandated by 22 U.S. Code § 2656f.  It has been an annual report since 2004, when it replaced the then-published Patterns of Global Terrorism report.  The new report maintains the non-statistical part of its terrorism review pursuant to the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (P.L. 108–458), which transferred the statistical function to the National Counterterrorism Center.

ECHO Website Adds Air Pollution Data

Back in 2013, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a new version of its Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website. ECHO provides information on environmental regulatory compliance and enforcement for approximately 800,000 facilities across the nation. Since the launch of ECHO 2.0, the site has undergone a number of updates and enhancements, and this month saw the introduction of ECHO Release 2.4.1. The most salient new feature is the addition of air pollution data, compiled from the National Emissions Inventory, Toxic Release Inventory, Greenhouse Gas Reporting Tool, and Acid Rain Program, along with compliance information for individual facilities. To learn more about this and other features recently added to ECHO, see this announcement from EPA Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles.

Are New Law Graduates Ready to Practice?

LexisNexis recently released the results of a survey commissioned to determine what skills and experience are most needed from new associates, and where their employers find them most lacking. Over 300 hiring partners and senior associates who supervise new attorneys were surveyed about both the relative importance of various skills, and to what extent they believed new attorneys to be lacking in those competencies.
In the area of litigation, the survey found associates lacking in advanced legal research skills required for complex legal issues. The attorneys surveyed placed advanced legal research skills alongside drafting pleadings and motions as the skills both “most needed” and “most lacking” in litigation practice.

For those in transactional practice, new associates are reportedly most lacking in basic understanding of fundamental financial and business concepts. The next most cited problem area for new associates in transactional areas was inability to conduct due diligence an…

Cruising from Texas: How U.S., Maritime, Texas, and Panamanian Law May All Govern Your Vacation

While our law school community stays hard at work during the summer months, thoughts still occasionally turn toward vacation. Cruises are among the most popular vacation choices for Houston-area residents as the area boasts cruise ports both in Galveston and Pasadena, eliminating the need for costly air travel. Cruising is a big industry for Texas as well. Six percent of all cruise passengers leave from the Texas ports (605,000) and cruise industry expenditures in Texas exceeded $1.26 billion in 2013 (See, The Contribution of the North American Cruise Industry to the U.S. Economy in 2013, at 57). As travelers both depart and return from the United States it is easy for many to that these ships are generally not subject to U.S. laws. Here are some things to be aware of if you are planning on taking a cruise vacation. 
Open Registries: Despite the vast number of cruise ships sailing closed-loop itineraries from United States ports, these ships are nearly exclusively registered in other c…