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 460 immigration judges located in 67 immigration courts and two adjudications centers throughout the Nation.

Biographical Information

Tracy Short
Mary Cheng | Sheila McNulty
Rico J. Bartolomei | Brandon M. Bolling | Jefferson B. Brown | David Cheng | Grady A. Crooks
Daniel J. Daugherty | Eric L. Dillow | John R. Doolittle II | Irene C. Feldman
Colleen M. Glaser-Allen | William E. Hanrahan | Renae M. Hansell | Jonathan W. Hitesman
Theresa Holmes-Simmons | Amy C. Hoogasian |  David M. Jones | Matthew W. Kaufman
Daniel P. Kinnicutt | Charles P. Koutras | Joy Lampley-Fortson | Scott D. Laurent | Lisa Luis
 H. Kevin Mart | Karen E. Mayberry | James F. McCarthy III | Jeffrey S. Miller
Daren K. Margolin | Alfredia Owens | Anne Kristina Perry  
Rodin Rooyani | Jose A. Sanchez | Theresa M. Scala | Christopher R. Seppanen  
Vance H. Spath | Elisa M. Sukkar | Khalilah M. Taylor | Daniel H. Weiss | Ryan R. Wood

Tracy Short
Chief Immigration Judge

Attorney General William Barr appointed Tracy Short as the Chief Immigration Judge in June 2020. Chief Judge Short received a Bachelor of Arts in 1990 from Texas Christian University and a Juris Doctor in 1995 from the Louisiana State University Law Center. Chief Judge Short began his legal career in 1995 as a judicial law clerk for Judge James M. Dozier, Jr., of the Third Judicial District Court of Louisiana. From 1997 to 1998, he served as a public defender, representing indigent criminal defendants in Louisiana state courts, while also practicing civil law. From 1998 to 1999, Chief Judge Short was an assistant attorney general for the Louisiana Department of Justice where he represented the State of Louisiana in civil litigation. From 1999 to 2000, he also served as a judicial law clerk for Justice Chet D. Traylor of the Louisiana Supreme Court. From 2000 to 2001, Chief Judge Short was a judicial law clerk for Judge Robert B. Maloney of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. From 2001 to 2003, Chief Judge Short litigated removal cases on behalf of the Department of Justice as trial attorney with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in Dallas. From 2003 to 2005, Chief Judge Short served as Assistant Chief Counsel in the Dallas office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA). In 2005, he was appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) in the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Northern District of Texas, where he handled complex civil litigation involving ICE. In 2007, Chief Judge Short was appointed as a SAUSA in the USAO for the Eastern District of Texas, where he litigated criminal cases. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the Acting Deputy Chief Counsel and Senior Attorney in OPLA’s Dallas office. As a Senior Attorney, he litigated significant and complex immigration cases and served as the lead attorney for matters involving customs law and criminal investigations. From 2009 to 2015, he served as Deputy Chief Counsel in OPLA’s Atlanta office, where he managed litigation operations and client services in a multi-state field office. From 2015 to 2017, Chief Judge Short served as Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. From January 2017 to June 2020, he served as the ICE Principal Legal Advisor and, later, as a Senior Advisor to the ICE Acting Director. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas.

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Mary Cheng
Principal Deputy Chief Immigration Judge (Acting)

Mary Cheng was appointed as principal deputy chief immigration judge (acting) in August 2020. Judge Cheng received a Bachelor of Arts in 1993 from New York University and a Juris Doctor in 1997 from New York Law School. From March 2017 to August 2020, she served as a deputy chief immigration judge. From November 2015 to March 2017, she served as an assistant chief immigration judge, in New York. From April 2009 to March 2015, she served as an immigration judge at the New York City Immigration Court. From March 2003 to April 2009, she 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, she was in private practice, in New York. From June 2001 to June 2002, she 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, she 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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Sheila McNulty
Deputy Chief Immigration Judge (Acting)

Sheila McNulty was appointed as a deputy chief immigration judge (acting) in January 2020. Judge McNulty received a Bachelor of Arts in 1984 from Miami University of Ohio and a Juris Doctor in 1991 from New England School of Law. From November 2010 to 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, Massachuettes. Judge McNulty is a member of the Illinois 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 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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Brandon M. Bolling
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Attorney General William P. Barr appointed Brandon M. Bolling as an assistant chief immigration judge in June 2020. Judge Bolling earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1995 from Michigan State University, a Juris Doctor in 1999 from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and a Master of Science in 2018 from the National War College. From 2017 to 2020, he served as senior trial counsel and director of litigation services at a not for profit law firm, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. From 2012 to 2017, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, in Detroit. From 2011 to 2012, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, in Tucson. From 1996 to present, he has served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, including two overseas deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. As a Marine, he has served as a trial and appellate prosecutor, defense counsel, evidence instructor, military judge, operational planner, and in several supervisory litigation positions. Judge Bolling is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

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Jefferson B. Brown
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Attorney General William P. Barr appointed Jefferson B. Brown as an Assistant Chief Immigration Judge in October 2020. Judge Brown earned a Bachelor of Science in 1990 from Florida State University, a Juris Doctor in 1993 from Vanderbilt Law School, and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science in 2006 from Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. In 2020, he retired as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force. From 1994 to 2020, he served as a chief circuit trial judge, deputy circuit trial judge, appellate judge, trial judge, staff judge advocate, deputy staff judge advocate, appellate defense counsel, trial defense counsel, and prosecutor in the following locations: Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas; Joint Base Andrews, Maryland; Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Georgia; Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, England; Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea; Incirlik Air Base, Turkey; Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq; Luke Air Force Base, Glendale, Arizona; Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia; Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi; and Reese Air Force Base, Lubbock, Texas. Judge Brown is a member of the Alabama State Bar.

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David Cheng
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

David Cheng was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Newark, in April 2020. Judge Cheng earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1992 from the State University of New York at Albany and a Juris Doctor in 1997 from St. John’s University School of Law. From 2017 to 2020, he served as an immigration judge at the Newark Immigration Court. From 2007 to 2017, he served as a senior attorney, Office of Chief Counsel (OCC), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in Newark, New Jersey. From 2002 to 2007, he served as an assistant chief counsel, OCC, ICE, DHS, in Newark. From 2000 to 2002, he served as an administrative law judge for the New York City Department of Finance. From 1997 to 2000, he was a general partner at Cheng and Cheng, PC, in New York, New York. Judge Cheng is a member of the New York State Bar.

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Grady A. Crooks
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Grady A. Crooks was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in LaSalle, in August 2019. Judge Crooks earned a Bachelor of Science in 1996 from North Dakota State University, a Master of Arts in 1999 from The George Washington University, and a Juris Doctor in 2004 from the Rutgers University School of Law. From October 2018 to August 2019, he served as an immigration judge at the LaSalle Immigration Court. In 2017, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana in Shreveport, Louisiana. From 2005 to 2016, he was an attorney for the U.S. Air Force in the following locations: Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana; Guantánamo Bay, Cuba; Hurlburt Field, Florida; International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan; Baghdad, Iraq; Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida; and Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Judge Crooks is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

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Daniel J. Daugherty
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Daniel J. Daughtery was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Las Vegas, in November 2017. Judge Daugherty received a Bachelor of Science in 1984 from Defiance College, a Juris Doctor in 1987 from the University of Toledo, and a Masters in National Security in 2006 from the U.S. Navy War College. From 2015 to 2017, he served as an immigration judge at the Las Vegas Immigration Court. In 2015, he honorably retired as the Chief Judge for the Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary, after serving more than 25 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. From 2011 to 2014, he served as the Chief Trial Judge for the Department of the Navy. From 2008 to 2011, and 2002 to 2005, he served as a military judge. From 1994 to 1997, he served as the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Delaware County, Ohio. From 1989 to 1994, he served intermittently as a defense attorney and prosecutor. Judge Daugherty received the William K. Suter award for Distinguished Judicial Service from the Judge Advocates Foundation, and he also earned the Legion of Merit. Judge Daugherty is a member of the Ohio State Bar.

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Eric L. Dillow
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Eric L. Dillow was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Harlingen, in March 2019. Judge Dillow earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1986 from the University of Illinois, a Juris Doctor in 1990 from the University of Nebraska College of Law, and a Master of Urban Planning in 1992 from the University of Illinois. From 2012 to 2018, he served as a veteran advocate and veteran’s treatment court mentor trainer for the Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court, Omaha, Nebraska, and the Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Court, Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2012, he retired as a colonel and judge advocate from the U.S. Air Force. From 1990 to 2012, he served as a judge advocate for the U.S. Air Force in the following locations: Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota; Travis Air Force Base, California; Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska; Ahmad al-Jaber Air Base, Kuwait; HQ, AIRSOUTH, Naples, Italy; Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington; Yokota Air Base, Japan; Task Force 134, Baghdad, Iraq; Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.; Kabul, Afghanistan; and Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. Judge Dillow is a member of the Nebraska State Bar.

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John R. Doolittle II
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

John R. Doolittle II was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Houston, in October 2018. Judge Doolittle earned a Bachelor of Science in 1989 from the University of Tampa, a Juris Doctor in 1994 from the Washburn University School of Law, and a Master of Science in 2014 from the U.S. Army War College. He retired as a colonel and judge advocate from the U.S. Army. From 2004 to 2017, he was judge advocate for the U.S. Army in the following locations: Fort Knox, Kentucky; Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida; Parwan, Afghanistan; Fort Gillem, Georgia; and Fort McPherson, Georgia. From 2000 to 2004, he was a trial attorney/assistant chief counsel with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, in Atlanta. From 1998 to 2000, he was a trial attorney/assistant district counsel with the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, Department of Justice, in Harlingen, Texas. From 1994 to 1998, he was an active duty judge advocate with the U.S. Army at Fort Benning and Fort McPherson, Georgia. Judge Doolittle is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

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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 in 1983 from Mount Holyoke College, a Juris Doctor in 1988 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a Master of Science 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 Arizona and in Puerto Rico . 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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Colleen M. Glaser-Allen
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Attorney General William P. Barr appointed Colleen M. Glaser-Allen as an Assistant Chief Immigration Judge in October 2020. Judge Glaser-Allen earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1992 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Juris Doctor in 1995 from the University of Illinois College of Law at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Laws in 2007 from the George Washington University Law School. From 2018 to 2020, she served as the chief trial judge of the Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary. From 2016 to 2018, she served at the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, including from 2017 to 2018 as the chief appellate judge. From 1995 to 2020, she served as an active duty judge advocate in the U.S. Navy in the following locations: Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia; Naval Station Rota, Spain; Naval Station Bremerton, Washington; USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70); the Law and Order Task Force, Rusafa, Iraq; Naval Station Yokosuka, Japan; and Washington Navy Yard, District of Columbia. Judge Glaser-Allen is a member of the Illinois State Bar.

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William E. Hanrahan
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

William E. Hanrahan was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in San Francisco, in March 2020. Judge Hanrahan earned a Bachelor of Science in 1982 from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Juris Doctor in 1988 from Hamline University School of Law. From 2018 to 2020, he served as chief judge of the Fifth Judicial District of Wisconsin. From 2016 to 2018, he served as a Wisconsin deputy chief judge, and from 2007 to 2016, he served as a circuit court judge. From 1998 to 2007, he served as an assistant attorney general for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. From 1988 to 1998, he served as an assistant district attorney, in Milwaukee County. Judge Hanrahan is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin.

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Renae M. Hansell
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Renae M. Hansell was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Memphis, in April 2020. Judge Hansell earned a Bachelor of Science in 2000 from Armstrong Atlantic State University and a Juris Doctor in 2003 from Georgia State University College of Law. From 2018 to 2020, she served as an immigration judge at the Memphis Immigration Court. From 2003 to 2018, she served as a law clerk, senior attorney, assistant chief counsel, and deputy chief counsel with the Office of the Chief Counsel, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, in Atlanta and Memphis, Tennessee. Judge Hansell is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

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Jonathan W. Hitesman
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Attorney General William P. Barr appointed Jonathan W. Hitesman as an assistant chief immigration judge in June 2020. Judge Hitesman earned a Bachelor of Science in 1990 from Norwich University, a Juris Doctor in 1997 from the University of Hawaii, and a Master of Laws in 2004 from the Georgetown University Law Center. From 1990 to 2020, he served on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, first as an infantry officer and later as a judge advocate. In 2020, he retired as a senior appellate military judge with the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals. Judge Hitesman is a member of the Hawaii State Bar and the Minnesota State Bar.

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Theresa Holmes-Simmons
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Theresa Holmes-Simmons was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Charlotte, in August 2019. Judge Holmes-Simmons received a Bachelor of Arts in 1985 from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and a Juris Doctorate in 1988 from Rutgers University School of Law. From October 2008 to August 2019, she served as an immigration judge at the Charlotte Immigration Court. From 1998 to October 2008, Judge Holmes-Simmons served as an immigration judge at the New York City Immigration Court. From 1996 to 1998, she served as an assistant district counsel for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), in New York. From 1994 to 1996, Judge Holmes-Simmons worked as a special prosecutor and assistant attorney general, New York State Attorney General’s Office. From 1988 to 1994, she served as an assistant district attorney with the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Judge Holmes-Simons is a member of the New Jersey State and New York Bars.

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Amy C. Hoogasian
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Amy C. Hoogasian was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, overseeing immigration courts in Florence and Phoenix, in November 2015. Judge Hoogasian received a Bachelor of Arts 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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David M. Jones
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

David M. Jones was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Baltimore, in March 2019. Judge Jones received a Bachelor of Arts in 1988 and a Juris Doctor in 1992 both from Brigham Young University. He also received a Masters of Law in Military Law (criminal) in 2003 from The Judge Advocate General’s School of the U.S. Army. Prior to his appointment, Judge Jones served 26 years on active duty as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he spent almost his entire career litigating and adjudicating criminal cases. Upon his retirement, Judge Jones was serving as an appellate judge on the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals. Prior to that, he served 11 years as a criminal trial judge, and an additional 11 years in a variety of prosecution and defense billets. Judge Jones is a member of the Utah State Bar.

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Matthew W. Kaufman
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Matthew W. Kaufman was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Denver, in February 2019. Judge Kaufman received a Bachelor of Arts in 1998 from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctor in 2002 from Arizona State University College of Law. From September 2006 to May 2015, Judge Kaufman served as assistant chief counsel, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in Tucson, Ariz. From 2004 to 2006, he served as an attorney, Customs and Border Protection, DHS, in Tucson, Ariz. From 2003 to 2004, Judge Kaufman served as assistant attorney general for the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, in Yakima, Washington. From 2002 to 2003, he worked as an attorney for Cetrus Consulting Group, in Seattle. Judge Kaufman is a member of the State Bars of Arizona and California, and the Washington State Bar.

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Daniel P. Kinnicutt
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Daniel P. Kinnicutt was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Conroe, in April 2020. Judge Kinnicutt earned a Bachelor of Science in 1989 from Pepperdine University and a Juris Doctor in 1994 from Seattle University School of Law. From 2018 to 2020, he served as an immigration judge at the Louisville Immigration Court. From 2005 to 2018, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, Department of Justice (DOJ), in Louisville, Kentucky. From 2003 to 2005, he served as the chief assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, DOJ, in Del Rio, Texas. In 2003, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, DOJ, in Tucson, Arizona. From 1999 to 2003, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, DOJ, in Del Rio. From 1994 to 1999, he served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, in Tacoma, Washington. Judge Kinnicutt is a member of the Washington State Bar.

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Charles P. Koutras
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Attorney General William P. Barr appointed Charles P. Koutras as an Assistant Chief Immigration Judge in October 2020. Judge Koutras earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1994 from Southwestern University and a Juris Doctor and a Master of Arts in 1997 from St. Mary’s University. From 2006 to 2020, he served as an attorney for U.S. Army South at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. From 1997 to present, he has served in active duty and reserve capacities as a judge advocate in the U.S. Navy in the following locations: Navy Region Southwest, San Diego, California; Navy Reserve Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia; U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Naval Station Bremerton, Washington; Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida; U.S. Southern Command, Miami; Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy; Naval Support Activity La Maddalena, Italy; and Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. From 2002 to 2004, he served as an assistant city attorney for the city of San Antonio. Judge Koutras is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

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Joy Lampley-Fortson
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Joy Lampley-Fortson was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in New Orleans in March 2019. Judge Lampley-Fortson earned a Bachelor of Science in 1992 from the University of Florida and a Juris Doctor in 1996 from the University of Florida College of Law. From 2017 to 2019, she served as the executive director of the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity by appointment of the governor. From 2007 to 2017, she served as a trial attorney/assistant chief counsel with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, in Atlanta. From 2001 to 2007, she served as an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, Department of Justice. From 1997 to 2001, she served as an assistant solicitor with the Office of the City Solicitor in Atlanta. Judge Lampley-Fortson is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

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Scott D. Laurent
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Scott D. Laurent was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Los Angeles, in November 2017. Judge Laurent received a Bachelor of Arts in 1986 and a Juris Doctor in 1989 from the University of Missouri. From 2012 to 2017, Judge Laurent served as an immigration judge at the Los Angeles Immigration Court. Before moving to the Los Angeles court, he served as an immigration judge in Lancaster, California, from 2008 to 2012. Prior to his appointment as an immigration judge, Judge Laurent served as a senior attorney for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) representing the agency in matters involving national security, fugitive cases and other criminal immigration matters. Judge Laurent has also served as an assistant chief counsel for DHS and the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in Chicago and Los Angeles. Judge Laurent began his legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Edith L Messina of the 16th Judicial Circuit Court in Jackson County, Missouri, from 1989 to 1991. Judge Laurent is a member of the Missouri Bar.

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Lisa Luis
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Lisa Luis was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Houston, in March 2019. Judge Luis received a Bachelor of Science in 1990 from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctor in 1994 from the University of Houston Law Center. From 2010 to 2019, she served as an immigration judge at the House Service Processing Center. From 2008 to October 2010, she served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice. From 2003 to 2008, Judge Luis worked for the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of the Chief Counsel, Houston, Texas, in various capacities, including assistant chief counsel, acting deputy chief counsel and senior attorney. From 1995 to 2003, she was an assistant district counsel for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, Office of the District Counsel, in Houston. During that time she was appointed as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the DOJ, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas, from 1999 to 2001. From 1994 to 1995, she served in the Attorney General’s Honors Program, DOJ, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Houston Immigration Court, as a judicial law clerk. Judge Luis is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

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Daren K. Margolin
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Attorney General William P. Barr appointed Daren K. Margolin as an assistant chief immigration judge in June 2020. Judge Margolin earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1986 from the University of California, Irvine, a Juris Doctor in 1990 from New York Law School, and a Masters of Political Science/National Security Studies in 2010 from the Israeli National Defense College and Haifa University. From 1989 to 2016, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a defense attorney, prosecutor, appellate prosecutor, and military trial judge. He also served as the staff judge advocate (general counsel) for various Marine commands, including the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, 3d Marine Logistics Group, 1st Marine Division, and I Marine Expeditionary Force. From August 2017 to June 2020, he served as an assistant chief counsel, Office of Chief Counsel, Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, in Adelanto, California. Judge Margolin is a member of the Hawaii State Bar, New Jersey State Bar, and New York 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 Louisville, in November 2015. Judge Mart received a Bachelor of Arts 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, Florida, specializing in immigration law. From 1992 to 1995, Judge Mart worked in private practice specializing in litigation in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the U.S. 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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Karen E. Mayberry
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Karen E. Mayberry was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Arlington, in March 2020. Judge Mayberry earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1983 from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctor in 1986 from the Kansas University School of Law. From 1986 to 1987, she served as a tax attorney in Wichita, Kansas. From 1987 to 1989, she served as an assistant appellate defender in Topeka, Kansas. From 1990 to 2020, she served as judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force in the following locations: Charleston Air Force Base, Charleston, South Carolina; Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia (twice); The Pentagon, District of Columbia (twice); Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas; HQ Stabilization Forces, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Ramstein Air Base, Germany; Incirlik Air Base, Turkey; Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Newport News, Virginia; Office of the Chief Defense Counsel, Office of Military Commissions, Rosslyn, Virginia; and finally as a judge and chief judge of the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Judge Mayberry is a member of the Kansas State Bar and the State Bar of Texas.

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James F. McCarthy III

Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Attorney General William Barr appointed James F. McCarthy III to begin supervisory immigration court duties and hearing cases in June 2019. He will oversee the Cleveland Immigration Court. Judge McCarthy earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1974 from Xavier University and a Juris Doctor in 1977 from the Ohio State University College of Law. From 1977 to 1981, he was an active duty judge advocate with the United State Navy at Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and Naval Legal Service Office, Norfolk, Virginia. From 1981 to 1983, he was with the law firm of Smith & Schnacke. From 1983 to 1995, he was an assistant city solicitor and chief trial counsel for the city of Cincinnati. During that same time, he was a judge advocate for the United State Navy in the following locations: Washington Navy Yard, Naval Legal Service Office; Norfolk, Virginia, Naval Legal Service Office; Newport, Rhode Island, Office of the Judge Advocate; Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida; Naval Air Station, Oceana, Virginia. From 1995 until 2019, he was a shareholder in the law firm of Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild. Judge McCarthy is a member of the Ohio Bar.

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Jeffrey S. Miller
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Jeffrey S. Miller was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Los Angeles, in April 2020. Judge Miller earned a Bachelor of Science in 1996 from Berry College and a Juris Doctor in 2006 from Florida Coastal School of Law. From 2018 to 2020, he served as an immigration judge at the Los Angeles Immigration Court. From 2010 to 2018, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas. From 2008 to 2010, as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Judge Advocate General Corps, he served as a special assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa, Florida. From 2006 to 2008, he served as an assistant state attorney in Jacksonville, Florida. From 2005 to present, he has served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Judge Miller is a member of the Florida State Bar.

 

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Alfredia Owens
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Alfredia Owens was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Atlanta, in March 2020. Judge Owens earned a Bachelor of Science in 1989 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Juris Doctor in 1994 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. From 2007 to 2020, she served as chief counsel, Office of Chief Counsel (OCC), Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in Atlanta, for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. From 2006 to 2007, she served as deputy chief counsel, OCC, OPLA, ICE, DHS. From 2002 to 2005, she served as an assistant chief counsel, OCC, OPLA, ICE, DHS. From 1996 to 2001, she served as an assistant district attorney for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. Judge Owens is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

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Anne Kristina Perry
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Anne Kristina Perry was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Imperial, in April 2020. Judge Perry earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1978 from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Juris Doctor in 1981 from the Loyola Law School. From 2019 to 2020, she served as an immigration judge at the Imperial Immigration Court. From 2018 to 2019, she served as an immigration judge at the Los Angeles Immigration Court. From 1991 to 2018, she served as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California in San Diego. From 1987 to 1991, she served as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada. From 1983 to 1987, she was a deputy attorney general with the State of Nevada. From 1982 to 1983, she was a deputy district attorney in Clark County, Nevada. Judge Perry is a member of the Nevada State Bar and the State Bar of California. 

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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 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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Jose A. Sanchez
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Jose A. Sanchez was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Boston, in February 2019. Judge Sanchez earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1984 from Fordham University at Lincoln Center and a Juris Doctor in 1987 from Northeastern University School of Law. From 1995 to 2017, he served as an associate justice of the trial court for the Trial Court of Massachusetts, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. From 1987 to 1995, he served as a trial attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 1976 to 1981, he served as an air traffic controller for the FAA, in New York, New York. Judge Sanchez is a member of the Massachusetts State Bar.

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Theresa M. Scala
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Theresa M. Scala was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Seattle, in November 2017. Judge Scala received a Bachelor of Science in 1986 from Ithaca College and a Juris Doctor in 1992 from Nova Southeastern University Law Center. From 2010 to 2017, Judge Scala served as an immigration judge at the Tacoma Immigration Court. From 1994 to 2010, she served as an assistant chief counsel and deputy chief counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in Miami and Orlando, Florida. Judge Scala began her legal career with the Executive Office for Immigration Review in Miami, Florida, where she served as attorney advisor and judicial law clerk from 1992 to 1994. Judge Scala is a member of the Florida Bar.

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Christopher R. Seppanen
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Christopher R. Seppanen was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Detroit, in August 2019. Judge Seppanen earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1990 from Alma College and a Juris Doctor in 1993 from the University of Kentucky College of Law. From August 2017 to August 2019, he served as an immigration judge at the Cleveland Immigration Court. From 2002 to 2017, he worked for the State of Michigan in Lansing, Michigan, serving as a supervisory administrative law judge, 2002 to 2012; a deputy chief administrative law judge, 2012 to 2014; and a chief administrative law judge, 2014 to 2017. From 1997 to 2002, he served as an administrative law judge for the State of Michigan, in Manistee, Michigan. From 1996 to 1997, he served as a trial attorney for the Office of Public Advocacy, in Alpena, Michigan. Judge Seppanen is a member of the Michigan State Bar.

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Vance H. Spath
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Vance H. Spath was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Miami, in April 2020. Judge Spath earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1987 from Virginia Wesleyan University, a Juris Doctor in 1991 from Quinnipiac University, and a Master of Laws in 2001 from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. From 2018 to 2020, he served as an immigration judge at the Arlington Immigration Court. From 1993 to 2018, he was an attorney and judge with the U.S. Air Force in the following locations: Joint Base Andrews, Maryland; Kadena Air Base, Japan; Travis Air Force Base, California; F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming; Bolling Air Force Base, Maryland; Shriever Air Force Base, Colorado; Randolph Air Force Base, Colorado; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Randolph Air Force Base, Texas; and Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany. Judge Spath is a member of the New York State Bar.

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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 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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Khalilah M. Taylor
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Khalilah M. Taylor was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in New York, in March 2020. Judge Taylor earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1998 from Temple University and a Juris Doctor in 2001 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. From 2016 to 2020, she served as an assistant chief counsel and deputy chief counsel, Office of Chief Counsel (OCC), Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in New York. From 2014 to 2016, she served as an associate counsel with the Refugee and Asylum Law Division, Office of the Chief Counsel, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS, in Rosedale, New York. From 2002 to 2014, she served as an assistant district counsel/assistant chief counsel, senior attorney, and deputy chief counsel, OCC, OPLA, ICE, DHS, in New York. From 2001 to 2002, she served as a judicial law clerk at the Newark Immigration Court, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice. Judge Taylor is a member of the New York State Bar.

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Daniel H. Weiss
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Daniel H. Weiss was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Dallas, in August 2017. Judge Weiss earned a Bachelor of Arts 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 at the Dallas Immigration Court. 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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Ryan R. Wood
Assistant Chief Immigration Judge

Ryan R. Wood was appointed as an assistant chief immigration judge, based in Bloomington, in March 2019. Judge Wood earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2000 from Hamline University, a Juris Doctor in 2004 from the Hamline University School of Law, and a Master of Business Administration in 2015 from the Hamline University School of Business. From January 2005 to October 2009, he was a judge advocate with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps, serving in the 4th and 7th Infantry Divisions. From October 2009 through November 2014, he served as an assistant chief counsel for the Office of the Chief Counsel, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, in Fort Snelling, Minn. From November 2014 to April 2017, he served as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota, Department of Justice. From 2017 to 2019, he served as an immigration judge at the Bloomington Immigration Court. Judge Wood is a member of the Minnesota State Bar.

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Updated November 2, 2020

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