BALTIMORE --Immigration Judge Phillip T. Williams from the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Baltimore Immigration Court, delivered the keynote speech and administered the oath of allegiance to approximately 75 candidates during a naturalization ceremony at the George H. Fallon Federal Building in Baltimore, Md., on Jan. 25, 2013. The Baltimore District Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, hosted the ceremony.
Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Judge Williams in March 1995. Judge Williams received a bachelor of arts degree in 1978 from Temple University, a master of arts degree in 1981 from Howard University, and a juris doctorate in 1986 from Howard University School of Law. From 1997 to 2008, he was an assistant chief immigration judge. From 1995 to 1997, he served as an immigration judge in New York. From 1987 to 1995, Judge Williams was an attorney with Maggio & Kattar in Washington, D.C. From 1984 to 1986, he worked as a District of Columbia pre-trial services officer. Judge Williams is a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania Bars.
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The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is an agency within the Department of Justice. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals interpret and adjudicate immigration cases according to United States immigration laws. EOIR’s immigration judges conduct administrative court proceedings in immigration courts located throughout the nation. They determine whether foreign-born individuals—whom the Department of Homeland Security charges with violating immigration law—should be ordered removed from the United States or should be granted relief from removal and be permitted to remain in this country. The Board of Immigration Appeals primarily reviews appeals of decisions by immigration judges. EOIR’s Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer adjudicates immigration-related employment cases. EOIR is committed to ensuring fairness in all of the cases it adjudicates.