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  Monday, September 17, 2012

New York Immigration Judge Participates
in Naturalization Ceremony

NEW YORK -- Immigration Judge Noel Brennan 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 Sept. 14, 2012. The New York District Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, hosted the ceremony.

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Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed Judge Brennan in August 2003. Judge Brennan received a bachelor of arts degree in 1969 from Marywood College, a master of arts degree in 1972 from George Washington University, and a juris doctorate in 1985 from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was an adjunct professor of law from 1992 to 2003. From July 2000 to August 2003, Judge Brennan served on the Board of Immigration Appeals in Falls Church, Va. From 1993 to 2000, she served as a political appointee in the Clinton Administration under Attorney General Janet Reno as Deputy Assistant Attorney General. From 1987 to 1993, Judge Brennan served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia. From 1977 to 2002, she was a member of the District of Columbia Bar Board of Governors and a founding member of the Edward Bennet Williams Inn of Court in Washington, D.C. Judge Brennan currently serves on the Adjunct Faculty at Fordham Law School. She is a fellow of the American Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Council of New York City. Judge Brennan is a member of the District of Columbia and New York State Bars.

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