FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced an important staffing update within the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (OCIJ). Effective March 10, 2013, Deputy Chief Immigration Judge (DCIJ) Michael C. McGoings will become a member of the Senior Executive Service, continuing to directly supervise the assistant chief immigration judges and the 58 field courts.
“I am so pleased to welcome Judge McGoings into the Senior Executive Service, a corps of government leaders who share a wealth of experience and a true commitment to public service,” said Chief Immigration Judge Brian M. O’Leary. “His well-honed executive skills and broad perspective of government will continue to benefit OCIJ.”
Biographical information follows:
Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Judge McGoings as Deputy Chief Immigration Judge in October 2009. He received a bachelor of arts degree in 1965 from Morgan State University, a master of science degree in 1967 from the University of Illinois, and a juris doctorate in 1973 from The Catholic University of America. From March 1995 to October 2009, Judge McGoings served as an Assistant Chief Immigration Judge. During this time, from February to July 2009, he served as acting Chief Immigration Judge. From 1994 to 1995, Judge McGoings was an associate general counsel serving as Chief of the Enforcement Legal Program and from 1991 to 1994, he was an associate general counsel for the Employer Sanctions and Civil Document Fraud Legal Program at the former Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS). From 1987 to 1990, he worked as assistant general counsel for the former INS. Judge McGoings is a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania bars.
- EOIR -
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is an agency within the Department of Justice. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals interpret and adjudicate immigration cases according to United States immigration laws. EOIR’s immigration judges conduct administrative court proceedings in immigration courts located throughout the nation. They determine whether foreign-born individuals—whom the Department of Homeland Security charges with violating immigration law—should be ordered removed from the United States or should be granted relief from removal and be permitted to remain in this country. The Board of Immigration Appeals primarily reviews appeals of decisions by immigration judges. EOIR’s Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer adjudicates immigration-related employment cases. EOIR is committed to ensuring fairness in all of the cases it adjudicates.