Monday, November 08, 2010

Immigration Judge Leo Finston in Newark Immigration Court

On November 5, 2010, EOIR swore in a new immigration judge for the Newark Immigration Court: Leo A. Finston.

According to an announcement by EOIR, here are some biographical details about Judge Finston as of November 2010 (apologies if EOIR has included any mistakes in the following description). It seems that for 5 years, he worked for the government to review asylum applications. And for 13 years, he worked for the government to present the government's position in immigration court cases:

Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Judge Finston in October 2010. Judge Finston received a bachelor of arts degree in 1988 from the City University of New York and a juris doctorate in 1991 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. From 1997 to October 2010, he served as an assistant chief counsel, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of the Chief Counsel, Newark, N.J. From 1992 to 1997, he was an asylum officer for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, Office of International Affairs, Newark. Judge Finston is a member of the New Jersey and New York State Bars.