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Monthly Archives from May 2010

Edward L. Birk was appointed to Executive Committee of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA)

Marks Gray shareholder, Edward L. Birk, was appointed to Executive Committee of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA).  Marks Gray has a proud tradition with this association.  Four of the ADTA’s presidents have been Marks Gray shareholders.

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Allison H. Hauser was recently appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Rules Advisory Committee

Allison H. Hauser, a shareholder at Marks Gray, was recently appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Rules Advisory Committee of the Florida Bar for the 2011 term.  Ms. Hauser has served on this committee for 10 years and has held several positions during that time, including member at large, Vice Chair, Chair and various other committee chairmanships.

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Edward L. Birk was quoted in an article in the May 24th edition of the Florida Times-Union

Edward L. Birk was quoted in an article in the May 24th edition of the Florida Times-Union.  The article reported the firing of a Live Oak assistant district attorney after she refused to stop speaking to political groups.  The reporter sought out the opinion of Mr. Birk on the First Amendment and labor law implications of the attorney’s dismissal.

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Update on comprehensive immigration reform

With the nation’s economy still struggling and bank bailout news continuing to make headlines, the Obama administration’s immigration reform plan and bill may not be the next big issue following on the heels of the recent health care reform bill. Even if comprehensive immigration reform takes a “back seat” for a while, individual members of Congress are tackling specific immigration issues and proposing legislation in the process.  For example, Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have laid out a […]

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The Green Card Gets a High-Tech Facelift

On May 11, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the agency had made several high-tech improvements to the Legal Permanent Residence Card, known to most everyone as the ‘Green Card.’ The changes include new security features as well as state-of-the-art advancements in technology to prevent counterfeiting and tampering. Some of the new features include: Color shifting ink in visual designs (for example, an eagle’s head) Embedded RFID technology Laser-engraved fingerprints Tamper […]

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Tips to Navigating the new DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application

In 2009, the Department of State introduced a new Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application, the DS-160, for foreign nationals wishing to come to the United States on a nonimmigrant visa.  The new application replaces several NIV forms (DS-156, 157, 158, 156K, 3032, and parts of the E visa application) and is being phased in throughout the early part of 2010 at Embassy and Consular posts across the globe.     We have had the opportunity to assist […]

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