Jeff Sessions Further Burdens Domestic Violence Asylum Seekers in Matter of A-B-

Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressly overruled a critical precedential decision regarding domestic violence asylum claims in his June 11, 2018 decision, Matter of A-B-. The loss of a favorable precedential decision will certainly present challenges, but the Matter of A-B- decision does not categorically deny all domestic or gang violence related asylum claims. A History…

The International Entrepreneur (IE) Rule: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

By Angelika Romero and Timothy Sheble-Hall Last month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will be removing a controversial rule in business immigration law: the International Entrepreneur (IE) Rule. See DHS Proposes to Remove the International Entrepreneur Rule, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (last updated May 25, 2018). The IE Rule was promulgated…

The Securitization of Student Loans: How Investors Are Making Money Off Your Loans

The securitization of student loans began in the early 1990s, after the passing of Rule 3(a)(7) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, which exempted sellers of asset-backed securities from registering as investment companies. 17 CFR § 270.3a-7. This rule essentially removed the regulatory constraints and costly registration requirements that previously existed for sellers of…

PAWS II – Massachusetts Bites Back Against Animal Cruelty

In 2014, Massachusetts passed a comprehensive animal cruelty reform law known as An Act Protecting Animal Safety and Welfare (“PAWS”). 293 M.G.L. §§ 1-5 (2014). This law was inspired by heinous, sustained acts of abuse enacted against a dog, which came to be known as “Puppy Doe.” Nik DeCosta-Klipa, Everything You Need to Know About…

Physical Evidence of Certain Opioids Banned from Massachusetts Trial Courts

The Ban The concern and devastating consequences of the Northeast's opioid epidemic has taken an unexpected turn impacting trial courts and prosecutions. Effective January 8, 2018, substances containing any amount of fentanyl or carfentanil are banned from Massachusetts trial courthouses. Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula Carey iterated the Trial Court's new policy in…