News 08 Jan. 2021
Curtis Adds Africa Insider and Corporate Partner Kalidou Gadio in the U.S.
News 18 Nov. 2020
Libya Obtains Historic Victory in Setting Aside of EUR452 Million Arbitral Award
News 15 Dec. 2020
Kazakhstan Secures US$1.9 Billion in Settlement of Arbitral Dispute
News 26 Feb. 2020
Curtis Secures Comprehensive Victory for the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Committee of Roads
Event 05 Jan. 2021
Partner Robert Honeywell participates in Fundación Fide panel on U.S. and Spanish Insolvency Systems
News 20 Dec. 2020
Curtis Counsel Fuad Zarbiyev Nominated for Membership in International Law Commission
Event 19 Jan. 2021
Partner Gabriela Alvarez Avila Participates in Instituto Peruano de Arbitraje’s Third International Women in Arbitration Conference
News 17 Dec. 2020
Partner Antonio Prida and Associate Irene Cuellar Publish Article on Mexico Potentially Incorporating The UNCITRAL Model Law and The Singapore Convention into National Legislation
Client Alert 13 Jan. 2021
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Upholds Qatar’s Sovereign Immunity in Cyberespionage Case
Event 09 Jan. 2021
Partner Charles Howland Serves as Judge for the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition
Client Alert 30 Dec. 2020
U.S. Insight: Update on Virtual Notarization (Executive Order 202.7) During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic (Updated: December 30, 2020)
U.S. Insight: Update on Virtual Witnessing (New York Executive Order 202.14) During The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic (Updated: December 30, 2020)
Pro Bono 17 Sep. 2019
Curtis successfully defended an individual in deportation proceedings before the Baltimore Immigration Court, arguing that our pro bono client was eligible for cancellation of removal under Section 240A(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Immigration Court held that Curtis’ client was deserving of relief from deportation due to his long-standing residence in the United States, family ties, and positive equities such as his consistent work history.
Prior to his hearing, Curtis’ client had been in immigration detention for nearly four months after serving a 45-day imposed sentence for a misdemeanor conviction of possession of a handgun. Curtis argued that the client’s purchase and carrying of the handgun was a disproportionate but understandable response to violent threats he received at his place of work, which were eerily similar to those that led to his father’s senseless murder four years earlier. This theory of the case was confirmed by a psychiatric evaluation, which found that Curtis’ client suffered from elevated clinical levels of post-traumatic stress. The psychiatric evaluation was used as evidence before the Immigration Court.
The Department of Homeland Security waived appeal of the decision of the Immigration Court, resulting in the client’s immediate release from confinement in the court where he had been transported for his hearing. Curtis’ client walked out of the court with his attorneys and his sister as a free, lawful permanent resident of the United States. He plans to live with his family and to continue his education in mechanical engineering.
The Curtis team was led by associates Gina Colarusso, Kimberly Reynolds, and Marija Ozolins, with the assistance of partners Claudia Frutos-Peterson and Daniel Porter, all of the Washington, D.C. office; and partner Turner Smith of the New York office.
Dr. Claudia Frutos-Peterson
Turner P. Smith
Marija S. Ozolins
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