Office of the Chief Immigration Judge

The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (OCIJ) is led by the chief immigration judge, who establishes operating policies and oversees policy implementation for the immigration courts. OCIJ provides overall program direction and establishes priorities for approximately 250 immigration judges located in 57 immigration courts throughout the Nation.

Biographical Information

MaryBeth Keller | Michael C. McGoings | Edward F. Kelly | Print Maggard
Rico J. Bartolomei | Mary Cheng | Jill H. Dufresne
Irene C. Feldman | Stephen S. Griswold
Amy C. Hoogasian | H. Kevin Mart | Sheila McNulty
Deepali Nadkarni | Rodin Rooyani
Christopher A. Santoro | Elisa M. Sukkar | Clarence M. Wagner Jr.
Jack H. Weil

 

MaryBeth Keller
Chief Immigration Judge

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch appointed MaryBeth Keller as the chief immigration judge in September 2016. Immediately prior to her current position, and beginning in February 2008, Judge Keller served EOIR as the assistant chief immigration judge (ACIJ) for issues of judge conduct and professionalism. She also supervised courts and served as the agency representative and chief negotiator dealing with the National Association of Immigration Judges employee union. Judge Keller received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 from the Catholic University of America and a Juris Doctor in 1987 from the University of Virginia School of Law. From July 2004 to February 2008, Judge Keller served as general counsel at EOIR. During that time, from July 2006 to February 2008, she served as acting ACIJ for Conduct and Professionalism, and from October 2004 to April 2006, she served as acting chief administrative hearing officer. From 1988 to 2004, Judge Keller served as a senior manager and as an attorney at the Board of Immigration Appeals, EOIR. From 1987 to 1988, she served as a judicial law clerk in the 5th Judicial District of Iowa, in Des Moines, Iowa. Judge Keller is a member of the Iowa State Bar.

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Michael C. McGoings
Principal Deputy Chief Immigration Judge

Michael C. McGoings was appointed acting chief immigration Judge in March 2016. He was appointed principal deputy chief immigration judge in March 2013. He was appointed deputy chief immigration judge in October 2009. Judge McGoings 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 Doctor 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 chief immigration judge (acting). 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, both at the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). From 1987 to 1990, he served as an assistant general counsel for the former INS. Judge McGoings is a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania Bars.

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Edward F. Kelly
Deputy Chief Immigration Judge

Edward F. Kelly was appointed as deputy chief immigration judge in March 2013. Judge Kelly received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 and a Juris Doctor in 1987, both from the University of Notre Dame. From May 2015 to January 2016, he served as assistant director (acting) for the Office of Administration, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). From March 2011 to March 2013, Judge Kelly served as an assistant chief immigration judge. From November 2009 to March 2011, Judge Kelly served as senior counsel and chief of staff for the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge (OCIJ), EOIR. From 2007 to 2009, he was counsel for operations for OCIJ. From 1998 to 2007, Judge Kelly was a senior legal advisor for the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), EOIR. From 1995 to 1998, he served as a supervisory attorney and team leader for the BIA. From 1989 to 1993, and again from 1994 to 1995, Judge Kelly was an attorney advisor for the BIA. From 1987 to 1989, he served as an assistant counsel, Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and International Law, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. From 1982 to 1984, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Gabon, Africa. Judge Kelly is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

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Print Maggard
Deputy Chief Immigration Judge

Print Maggard was appointed as a deputy chief immigration judge in November 2015. Judge Maggard received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 from Western Kentucky University, a Masters of Public Administration in 1987 from Golden Gate University, a Juris Doctor in 1990 from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and a Master of Laws degree in environmental law in 1999 from the George Washington University. From July 2015 to March 2016, Judge Maggard served as chief immigration judge (acting), and from January 2012 to July 2015, as an assistant chief immigration judge. From May 2009 to December 2011, Judge Maggard served as an immigration judge at the San Francisco Immigration Court. From July 2006 to April 2009, he served as an assistant chief counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, in San Francisco. From July 1985 to July 2006, he served in the U.S. Air Force in various capacities including: military judge; regional counsel; deputy regional counsel; deputy chief circuit defense counsel; area defense counsel; chief, military justice; and a member of the adjunct faculty at the Air Force Judge Advocate’s School. Judge Maggard is a member of the State Bar of California.

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Rico J. Bartolomei
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Rico J. Bartolomei was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in San Diego, in April 2012, and previously from October 2006 to January 2009. Judge Bartolomei received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983 from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor in 1986 from Georgetown University Law Center. From January 2009 to April 2012, and from September 1994 to October 2006, Judge Bartolomei served as an immigration judge at the San Diego Immigration Court. From 1991 to 1994, he served as a staff attorney for the Board of Immigration Appeals, Executive Office for Immigration Review. From 1987 to 1991, he worked as an attorney with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Judge Bartolomei is a member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts Bars.

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Mary Cheng
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Mary Cheng was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in New York, in November 2015. Judge Cheng received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993 from New York University and a Juris Doctor in 1997 from New York Law School. From April 2009 to November 2015, she served as an immigration judge at the New York City Immigration Court. From March 2003 to April 2009, Judge Cheng served as an assistant chief counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, in New York. From June 2002 to March 2003, she worked as an assistant district counsel for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), in New York. From August 2000 to May 2002, Judge Cheng was in private practice in New York. During this time, from June 2001 to June 2002, Judge Cheng served as an administrative law judge for the New York City Department of Finance. From September 1998 to July 2000, she worked as an assistant district counsel for the former INS in New York. From September 1997 to September 1998, Judge Cheng worked as a judicial law clerk at the New York City Immigration Court, entering on duty through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Judge Cheng is a member of the New York State Bar.

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Jill H. Dufresne
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Jill H. Dufresne was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge (ACIJ) in August 2010. From November 2009 to August 2010, she served as an acting ACIJ. Judge Dufresne received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975 from American University and a Juris Doctor in 1978 from the University of Virginia. From 1998 to 2009, Judge Dufresne served as an immigration judge at the Baltimore Immigration Court. From 1990 to 1998 she served as an ACIJ, and during that time, from October 1993 to May 1994, she served as chief immigration judge (acting). From 1978 to 1990, Judge Dufresne served in the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, in various capacities, including as an associate general counsel, assistant district counsel, and trial attorney. Judge Dufresne is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

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Irene C. Feldman
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Irene C. Feldman was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Tucson, in November 2015. Judge Feldman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983 from Mount Holyoke College, a Juris Doctor degree in 1988 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a Master of Science degree in 1995 from Boston University, Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. From 2008 to 2015, Judge Feldman served as an immigration judge at the Eloy Immigration Court. From 2001 to 2008, Judge Feldman served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Puerto Rico and in Arizona. From 1996 to 2001, Judge Feldman worked as an assistant district counsel, Office of the District Counsel, for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, in New Jersey and New York. From 1989 to 1994, Judge Feldman served as an assistant prosecutor in the Office of the County Prosecutor, Bergen County, N.J. Judge Feldman is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the New Jersey State Bar.

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Stephen S. Griswold
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Stephen S. Griswold was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge (ACIJ), based in San Francisco, in March 2016, and is currently responsible for guidance and publications. From August 2015 to March 2016, he served as an ACIJ (acting). Judge Griswold received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 from Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctor in 1985 from the George Washington University National Law Center. From March 2010 to July 2015, and from January 2005 to October 2006, Judge Griswold served as an immigration judge at the San Francisco Immigration Court. From October 2006 to February 2010, Judge Griswold served as an ACIJ, based in San Francisco. From 1996 to 2004, he worked as a senior legal advisor and senior panel attorney on the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Executive Office for Immigration Review. From 1989 to 1996, Judge Griswold was a staff attorney at the BIA. From 1986 to 1989, he was in private practice in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Judge Griswold is a member of the Maryland State Bar.

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Amy C. Hoogasian
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Amy C. Hoogasian was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in San Francisco, in November 2015. In addition to her responsibility of supervising several field courts, she is currently responsible for vulnerable populations (acting). Judge Hoogasian received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Juris Doctor in 1994 from John Marshall Law School. From October 2010 to November 2015, Judge Hoogasian served as an immigration judge at the San Francisco Immigration Court. From 2009 to 2010, she served as chief legal counsel at SAGIN LLC. From 2005 through 2009, Judge Hoogasian served as senior corporation counsel at ULINE Inc. From 1999 to 2005, she served as an assistant chief counsel for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, in Chicago. From 1995 to 1999, Judge Hoogasian served as attorney to the chairman at the Illinois Pollution Control Board. In 1995, she served as an assistant state’s attorney at the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, in Waukegan, Ill. Judge Hoogasian is a member of the Illinois State Bar.

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H. Kevin Mart
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

H. Kevin Mart was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Atlanta, in November 2015. Judge Mart received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976 from the University of Dayton and a Juris Doctor in 1982 from Georgetown University Law Center. From October 2010 to November 2015, Judge Mart served as an immigration judge at the Miami Immigration Court. From 1995 to October 2010 Judge Mart worked in private practice in Miami and Orlando, Fla., specializing in immigration law. From 1992 to 1995, Judge Mart worked in private practice specializing in litigation in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Virgin Islands, and in 1991 served as an assistant attorney general for the U.S. Virgin Islands. From 1982 to 1990, Judge Mart worked in private practice at Brown & Wood; and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, in New York. Judge Mart is a member of the State Bar of California, New York State Bar, Ohio State Bar, and the U.S. Virgin Islands Bar.

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Sheila McNulty
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Sheila McNulty was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Chicago, in November 2015. Judge McNulty received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 from Miami University of Ohio and a Juris Doctor in 1991 from New England School of Law. From November of 2010 until November of 2015 she served as an immigration judge at the Chicago Immigration Court. From 2000 to 2010, Judge McNulty served as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, in Chicago. From 1991 to 2000, she served as a trial attorney for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, entering on duty through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. From 1985 until 1991, Judge McNulty worked as a community activist and organizer in Cambridge, Mass. Judge McNulty is a member of the Illinois Bar.

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Deepali Nadkarni
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Deepali Nadkarni was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge in March 2011. Judge Nadkarni received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 from Mercer University and a Juris Doctor in 1994 from Emory University School of Law. From October 1995 to March 2011, Judge Nadkarni served as an attorney advisor, supervisory attorney-examiner, and senior panel attorney for the Board of Immigration Appeals, Executive Office for Immigration Review. From 1994 to 1995, she served as a judicial law clerk entering on duty through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Judge Nadkarni is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

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Rodin Rooyani
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Rodin Rooyani was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Los Angeles, in January 2016. Judge Rooyani received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995 from George Mason University and a Juris Doctor in 1998 from the University of Maryland School of Law. From April 2009 to January 2016, she served as an immigration judge at the Los Angeles Immigration Court. From November 2004 to April 2009, Judge Rooyani served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the National Security Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. From 1998 to 2004, she served as a trial attorney with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service and as an assistant chief counsel with the Department of Homeland Security entering on duty through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Judge Rooyani is a member of the Maryland and California Bars.

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Christopher A. Santoro
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Christopher A. Santoro was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge in March 2012, and is currently responsible for issues relating to intergovernmental and external affairs. From July 2015 through January 2016, he served as deputy chief immigration judge (acting). Judge Santoro received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor in 1994 from the Boston University School of Law. In 2013, Judge Santoro was appointed the chief trial judge for the Air Force Reserve following assignments as a military trial judge and deputy chief judge from 2005 to 2013. He is also an associate judge on the U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals. From 2009 to 2011, he served as special advisor for Enforcement and Removal Operations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). From 2005 to 2009, Judge Santoro served for the Office of Inspection, Transportation Security Administration, DHS, in leadership roles including counsel, deputy director, and senior advisor. From 2001 to 2005, Judge Santoro was a trial attorney in the Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice. He entered active duty with the U.S. Air Force in 1995 and served as a senior regional prosecutor and appellate attorney until 2001. From 1988 to 1995, Judge Santoro served as a patrol officer for the Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Police Department. Judge Santoro is a member of the Colorado, District of Columbia, and New Hampshire Bars.

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Elisa M. Sukkar
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Elisa M. Sukkar was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Miami, in April 2008. Judge Sukkar received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 from Florida International University and a Juris Doctor in 1987 from Nova Law School. From March 1995 to April 2008, Judge Sukkar served as an immigration judge at the Miami Immigration Court. From 1987 to 1995, she was in private practice in Miami, specializing in immigration law. Judge Sukkar is a member of the Florida Bar.

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Clarence M. Wagner Jr.
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Clarence M. Wagner Jr. was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Houston, in November 2015. Judge Wagner received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993 from Hampton University, a Juris Doctor in 1997 from Southern University Law Center, and a Master of Law degree in 1999 from Georgetown University Law Center. From October 2010 to November 2015, Judge Wagner served as an immigration judge at the Honolulu Immigration Court. From 2003 to October 2010, he served for the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, in various capacities, including as chief counsel, deputy chief counsel, and assistant chief counsel. From 2002 to 2003, Judge Wagner served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Louisiana Department of Justice, in Baton Rouge. From February 2002 to June 2002, he served as senior attorney for the Legal Affairs Division, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. From 1998 to 2001, Judge Wagner served as an officer in the U.S. Army, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, in Honolulu, as a labor and employment attorney from 1998 to 2000, and as an environmental law attorney from 2000 to 2001. From 1998 to 2000, he was appointed as a special assistant U.S. attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Hawaii. Judge Wagner is a member of the Louisiana State Bar and the State Bar of Texas.

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Jack H. Weil
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Jack H. Weil was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge (ACIJ), in December 2009, and is currently responsible for immigration judge training and professional development. From April to December 2009, he served as an acting ACIJ for that portfolio. Judge Weil received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 and a Juris Doctor in 1988, both from the University of Maryland. From 1994 to 2009, Judge Weil served as an immigration judge at the El Centro Immigration Court. From 1990 to 1994, he worked as associate counsel to the director, Executive Office for Immigration Review. From 1988 to 1990, Judge Weil was a judicial law clerk at the San Diego Immigration Court. In 2001, he joined the faculty of the National Judicial College where he teaches “Bias and Ethics for Administrative Law Judges“ and serves as faculty assistant in the course on distance training of judges. He is co-author of “Deskbook on Evidence for Administrative Law Judges” published by the National Judicial College in 2006. Judge Weil is a member of the Maryland State Bar.

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Updated October 21, 2016