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 | Print Maggard
Mary Cheng | Rico J. Bartolomei | Jill H. Dufresne
Irene C. Feldman | Stephen S. Griswold
Amy C. Hoogasian | H. Kevin Mart | Clay Martin | Sheila McNulty
Deepali Nadkarni | Rodin Rooyani | Christopher A. Santoro
Elisa M. Sukkar | Jack H. Weil | Daniel H. Weiss

 

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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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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Mary Cheng
Deputy Chief Immigration Judge

Mary Cheng was appointed as a deputy chief immigration judge in March 2017. 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 November 2015 to March 2017, she served as an assistant chief immigration judge based in New York. From April 2009 to March 2015, Judge Cheng 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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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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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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Clay Martin
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Clay Martin was appointed an assistant chief immigration judge in August 2017. Judge Martin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 from Hendrix College and a Juris Doctor in 1987 from St. Mary’s University School of Law. From 2016 to 2017, he served as an immigration judge in Pearsall, Texas. From 2008 to 2016, he served as a senior attorney with the Office of the Chief Counsel, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in San Antonio. From 2002 to 2008, he served as an assistant chief for ICE, DHS, also in San Antonio. From 1995 to 2002, he served as a chief deputy prosecuting attorney for the West Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, State of Arkansas. From 1992 to 1995, he served as an assistant district attorney for the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, in San Antonio. From 1987 to 1991, he was a civil ligation attorney at various private law firms in Texas. Judge Martin is a member of the Arkansas and Texas State Bars.

 

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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 serving as acting chief of staff for the Executive Office for Immigration Review. From July 2015 through January 2016, he served as deputy chief immigration judge (acting). Prior to becoming chief of staff, Judge Santoro oversaw operations in 11 immigration courts, new immigration judge training, and intergovernmental and external affairs. 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 May 2017, Judge Santoro retired as the chief trial judge for the U.S. Air Force Reserve after nearly 30 years of active and reserve duty, including more than 10 years as a military trial judge and deputy chief judge, four years as an associate judge on the U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, and assignments as senior regional prosecutor and appellate counsel. 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 in leadership roles in the Office of Inspection, Transportation Security Administration, DHS, including deputy director, senior advisor, and counsel. From 2001 to 2005, Judge Santoro was a trial attorney in the Criminal Section, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice. 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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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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Daniel H. Weiss
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Daniel H. Weiss was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge in August 2017. Judge Weiss earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor in 1990 from the University of Maryland School of Law. From 2016 to 2017, Judge Weiss served as an immigration judge in Dallas. From 2010 to 2015, he served as a senior attorney in the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, Civil Rights Division (CRT), Department of Justice (DOJ). From 2005 to 2010, he served as a trial attorney, then deputy chief, in the Special Litigation Section, CRT, DOJ. From 1992 to 2000, he served as an assistant public defender for both the Appellate Division and Trial Division, Office of the Public Defender, State of Maryland. From 1991 to 1992, he served as an attorney for the Fidelity and Deposit Companies of Maryland, in Baltimore. From 1990 to 1991, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ellen. L. Hollander, Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Judge Weiss is a member of the Maryland State Bar.

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Updated August 21, 2017