ANNOUNCING: Three-Part Seminar: "Federal Court Litigation Against USCIS and Other Federal Agencies."


Lataif, LLC has been invited to conduct a three-part seminar series on Federal Court Litigation in Immigration cases starting in the fall and continuing until February of next year. Hosted by the Boston Bar Association, each presentation will be accompanied by a Power Point presentation and the floor will be open throughout for questions and answers.




  • Why, How and When businesses and individuals can sue when immigration benefits are wrongfully denied or unreasonably delayed
  • What types of immigration decisions can prompt a federal lawsuit including erroneous petition denials, and illegal and improper CIS policies
  • What claims can/should be brought: Declaratory Judgment, Injunctive Relief, Mandamus, APA violations, Constitutional violations: Due Process, Equal Protection, De Novo review
  • Drafting considerations – including venue, exhaustion issues, complaint drafting issues and practice pointers
  • Anticipating the defenses – ie: CIS has unlimited and unreviewable discretion, and federal courts have no jurisdiction.


Save the Dates!

Attendance is FREE for Boston Bar Association members and non-members. Seminars from 3:00-5:00PM at the Boston Bar Association at 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA. Dates as follows:


SEMINAR PART ONE: “Suing in Federal Court for Immigration Denials and Delays: When Your Client Has No Choice but to Sue the Bureaucrats." Tuesday, October 18, 2011


SEMINAR PART TWO: “Pretrial Discovery.” Tuesday, November 15, 2011 (**POSTPONED EVENT -  NEW DATE TBA**)


SEMINAR PART THREE: “Mock Litigation.” Tuesday, February 21, 2012


The program will be included in a WestEd Legal Center live, online broadcast. Please visit here to register for the online broadcast. Online listening fee of $55 applies.


The event will be moderated by Ellen Kief of Law Office of Ellen S. Kief and handouts with exhibits and citations will be provided.




Lawrence P. Lataif, J.D., LLM – Larry has been practicing federal immigration law exclusively since he joined Jones Day in 1986 to organize and head its firm-wide immigration practice. Larry also headed the firm-wide immigration practice of McDermott, Will & Emery and has headed his own boutique immigration firm for over 15 years. Larry conceived of the Religious Worker law and headed the legal team that brought about its passage in 1990. Most recently, Larry’s extensive publications have continued in the Palm Beach Post and Miami Daily Business Review. In 2004, Larry was honored for his legal accomplishments as a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Larry has extensive federal court litigation experience, including federal immigration lawsuits against USCIS, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting declaratory judgments, APA review, mandamus, Constitutional and injunctive relief.


Danielle E. Huntley, JD – Danielle works with Larry on a broad range of immigration matters, including federal litigation. Danielle graduated cum laude from Boston College as a Scholar of the College in Philosophy. At Boston College Law School she was a quarter-finalist in the Grimes Moot Court Competition where she was recognized as a top ten oralist and brief writer. She was a member of the National Religious Freedom Moot Court Team and Co-Chaired the Grimes Moot Court competition the following year. In her third year, Danielle was chosen to spend an intensive full-year working in the Administrative Law Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.