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Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal advice on a wide variety of matters involving the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and its employees in the performance of their official duties. The OGC staff serves as agency counsel in Federal court litigation, assists the Office of Policy in developing agency regulations, responds to all Freedom of Information and Privacy Act requests and serves as the designated point of contact regarding Standards of Conduct and other ethics guidance for all EOIR employees. The Employee/Labor Relations Unit of OGC advises agency managers on personnel issues, defends Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) actions filed against the agency, monitors investigations conducted by the Office of Professional Responsibility in the Department of Justice (DOJ), and defends against unfair labor practices charges. OGC also administers the Fraud and Abuse Prevention Program and the Attorney Discipline Program and supervises the Certification Unit. OGC also serves as the principal point of contact for other DOJ offices and government agencies on all agency-related legal matters.

Meet the General Counsel

Jill Anderson

Jill Anderson was appointed General Counsel in December 2019. She began her duties as Deputy General Counsel in September 2017 after serving as a supervisory attorney-advisor (team leader) at the Board of Immigration Appeals since May 2011.  Ms. Anderson joined the Board of Immigration Appeals in 2006.  Previous to that, Ms. Anderson served as an Appeals Officer with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Departmental Appeals Board from 1999-2006.  She served as a staff attorney with Georgia Legal Services from 1997-1999, and with the Fulton County Office of Domestic Legal Services from 1994-1997, and from 1993-1994 was in private practice.  Ms. Anderson received a B.A. from St. Lawrence University, and a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law.

Additional Information

Updated October 10, 2023