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  Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Baltimore Immigration Judge Participates
in Naturalization Ceremony

BALTIMORE -- Immigration Judge Lisa Dornell from the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Baltimore Immigration Court, delivered the keynote speech and administered the oath of allegiance to approximately 75 candidates during a naturalization ceremony at the George H. Fallon Federal Building in Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 14, 2011.  The Baltimore District Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, hosted the ceremony. 

Biographical Information

Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Judge Dornell in April 1995.  Judge Dornell received a bachelor of arts degree in 1983 from the University of Vermont and a juris doctorate in 1986 from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.  From 1990 to 1995, Judge Dornell served as senior litigation counsel, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division, Department of Justice.  From 1986 to 1990, she served as a trial attorney for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), New York district office, and as an assistant general counsel, INS Headquarters, Washington, D.C.  Judge Dornell lectures on immigration topics and court procedure at several local law schools.  She is a member of the District of Columbia and State of Texas Bars.

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