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Yearly Archives from 2015

Giselle Carson Publishes "Plenary Power Under Review" in North Florida ACC Newsletter

Over 100 years ago, in the Chinese Exclusion Case, the SCOTUS set in motion a long line of cases that established the doctrine of consular non-reviewability. Under this doctrine, decisions regarding the admission of foreign nationals to the U.S. rest exclusively within the powers of the Legislative and Executive branches, with the Judicial branch lacking any authority to review such determinations. In February 2015, after the Justices’ winter break, the first case heard was on […]

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Attorney Heath L. Vickers is Appointed to Chair the Florida Defense Lawyers Association’s Premises Liability Committee

Marks Gray, P.A. is proud to announce Attorney Heath L. Vickers has been appointed to Chair the Florida Defense Lawyers Association’s (“FDLA”) Premises Liability Committee. Committee chairs are appointed by the President of the FDLA for two-year terms. Mr. Vickers has been a member of FDLA since 2010. Mr. Vickers joins many other Marks Gray attorneys who have held leadership positions with the organization including five Presidents of the FDLA: James Rinaman (1972), Robert Gobelman […]

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May Immigration Update

Shareholder Giselle Carson publishes the May Immigration Update. Beginning May 26, 2015, USCIS will begin accepting Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, on behalf of certain H-4 spouses. This will allow spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent residence status to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).  Spouses eligible to apply for an EAD card include spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are the beneficiary of an approved I-140 petition or have […]

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Marks Gray, P.A. Launches New Sunshine Law Training Practice Area

Marks Gray, P.A today announced the firm’s newly created Sunshine Law Training Practice Area. Marks Gray Shareholder Edward L. Birk will head the new area of practice. Marks Gray is launching the new Sunshine Law Training Practice Area in response to Section 112.3142, Florida Statutes, which requires constitutional offices to complete four (4) hours of ethics training each year covering state ethics code, and Florida public record and meeting laws. Florida has one of the […]

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Attorney Jill F. Bechtold Appointed to Board of Jacksonville Children's Commission

Marks Gray, P.A. is pleased to announce Attorney Jill F. Bechtold has been appointed by the Office of the Mayor as a Board Member of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission (JCC) to represent School Board District 7. The JCC was established in 1994 as an investment in our community’s children for a vibrant, safe and prosperous future. The JCC is governed by an eleven (11) member board who are appointed by the Mayor. Members serve four […]

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Lead Immigration Attorney Giselle Carson Publishes Article in Bar Leader

Marks Gray Shareholder and lead Immigration Attorney, Giselle Carson’s article, “Blissful tips for bar leaders from the 2015 BLI” appears in the American Bar Association’s May/June 2015 Issue of Bar Leader. Giselle attended this year’s ABA Bar Leadership Institute and shares useful tips and ideas on how to make the legal profession and its associations, not only survive, but flourish. Giselle is president-elect of the Jacksonville Bar Association. Click here to read the article.

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