Norris McLaughlin Sponsors 2018 Cultural Festivals

Posted on August 2nd, 2018

Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was proud to sponsor the St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church Lebanese Festival, better known as “Mahrajan,” and the 2018 Easton Hispanic Cultural Festival and looks forward to sponsoring the upcoming  41st Annual Lebanese Heritage Days Festival 2018.

The 41st Annual Lebanese Heritage Days Festival 2018 is the largest Lebanese festival in the tri-state area. Hosted by Our Lady of Lebanon Church in Easton, Pennsylvania, the festivities include ethnic Lebanese food and pastries, live music, games, drinks, full bars, and nights of Lebanese dancing. The event, open and free to the public, will be on Saturday, August 4, from 4 to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday, August 5, from 1:00 to 11:00 p.m.

The Easton Hispanic Cultural Festival was held at Scott Park in Easton along Larry Holmes Drive, on Saturday, July 28, from noon to 10:00 p.m. This event was sponsored by the Latino Cultural Committee, the city of Easton, and Easton’s Mayor Salvatore Panto, Jr.

The Maharajan was hosted in June by Saint Sharbel Maronite Church in Somerset, New Jersey. It featured live music, dance performances, homemade Lebanese food and pastries, games, and more to teach Lebanese culture. His Excellency, Bishop Gregory Mansour, of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, said, “The Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn is not only proud of the accomplishments of our member, Raymond Lahoud, but proud of its relationship with Norris McLaughlin, P.A.for its dedication to this Eparchy, the many immigrant communities across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including those of Lebanese descent, and for all the incredible work the Firm has done and continues to do in ensuring justice for all.”

“Many communities, including the Lehigh Valley, expand and succeed because of immigrants and the children of immigrants from all countries.  As the son of Lebanese immigrants, I am proud to support these great festivities and help the Lebanese and Hispanic communities play a vital part in the success of our region,” said Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group.

A resident of Easton, Lahoud focuses his practice primarily on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations.  His practice includes Citizenship, U.S. Non-Immigration Visas, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, U.S. Immigration Visas, EB5 Investor Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, and VAWA applications.  Lahoud also has a long history of political and business management expertise.

Lahoud also works in the field of Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.  His practice focuses specifically on Deportation Defense, at the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Circuit Court levels.  He has defended individuals against deportation across the United States.  In state and federal appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the commencement of the deportation.  He also represents individuals who overstayed their visas or entered the United States without inspection.

Lahoud has received numerous accolades.  He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area.  Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Norris McLaughlin, P.A. is a full-service, mid-sized, regional law firm with 140+ attorneys serving the legal needs of businesses and families in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York areas, uniquely positioned to represent Fortune 500 corporations, middle-market companies, and individuals, since 1953.  Once a humble two-man practice on Main Street in Somerville, New Jersey, Norris McLaughlin, P.A. has become the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey.  The Pennsylvania office has been named “Best of the Valley” for Overall Attorney by Lehigh Valley Magazine, selected as a Morning Call Top Workplace, and among the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania.

Norris McLaughlin, P.A. also enjoys an international reputation for excellence through its membership in Meritas, the largest worldwide affiliation of high-quality law firms.  Through Meritas and the Firm’s multidisciplinary team approach, clients both local and abroad receive the services of counselors, advisors, strategists, and advocates.  These dedicated professionals have one mission – to be the firm of choice for clients seeking the most creative, comprehensive, and effective legal services available.

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