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  Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New York Immigration Judge Participates
in Naturalization Ceremony

NEW YORK -- Immigration Judge Douglas Schoppert from the Executive Office for Immigration Review, New York Immigration Court, delivered the keynote speech and administered the oath of allegiance to approximately 150 candidates during a naturalization ceremony at 26 Federal Plaza, New York, on May 11, 2012. The New York District Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, hosted the ceremony.

Biographical Information

Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Judge Schoppert in May 1997. Judge Schoppert received a bachelor of arts degree in 1978 from Georgetown University and a juris doctorate in 1982 from William and Mary. From 1995 to 1997, he was in private practice in Falls Church, Va. From August to December 1994, he served as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. From 1993 to 1994, Judge Schoppert worked as a supervisor/attorney with Catholic Charities/Hogar Hispano in Arlington, Va. From 1988 to 1992, he served as a supervisory attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. Judge Schoppert is a member of the Virginia State and Illinois State Bars.

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