Immigration Judge resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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I am currently presiding over non detained cases in the busy Los Angeles Immigration Court.  I have been an Immigration Judge over 9 years, 6 of those years handling the criminal and detained dockets for Lancaster, CA, Orange County and Adelanto Immigration Courts.
Immigration Judge, 07/XXX8 - Current
Natural Resources Defense Council Washington, DC,
2015 To Present:  Adjudicated all aspects of non detained immigration cases including asylum/withholding of removal/CAT, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, contested removal, credible fear and reasonable fear reviews.    Provide coverage for detained dockets for the Orange County/LA 3 detention courts conducting bond hearings, Franco hearings, Rodriquez bond redetermination hearings, and all other applications and removal issues facing the detention docket;
May 2014 to April 2015:  Adjudicated hearings via VTC for Adelanto, CA detention courts thereby adjudiucating all aspects of removal hearings and bond hearings;
May 2013 to May 2014:  Adjudicated hearings for the non detained docket with a particular focus on marriage fraud cases before the Court; conducted all other types of immigration hearings, including asylum, cancellation of removal and other applications;
August XXX8 to May 2013:  Conducted detention immigration hearings at the former Lancaster, California Immigration Court from August XXX8 to November 2012. Conducted hundreds of bond and removal hearings including credible and reasonable fear reviews; then from November 2012 to May 2013 conducted detention hearings including bond and removal hearings via VTC from the Adelanto detention facility.  Helped coordinate and provide advice to the Adelanto Immigration Court that formally opened in May 2013. 
Senior Attorney, 07/XXX7 - 07/XXX8
Walt Disney Co. Santa Monica, CA, Represented the United States Government in proceedings before the Immigration Court at San Pedro Detention Facility with a particular emphasis on violent criminals, fugitives from justice, persecutors, and cases involving national security.  Prepared daily schedules for DHS attorneys assigned to the San Pedro court and oversaw appeal briefs prepared by attorneys.  Also prepared motions and appeals to both the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals. Represented DHS at national security meetings at the FBI, customs and local and state offices. 
Assistant Chief Counsel, 05/1996 - 07/XXX7
Department Of Homeland Security Auburn, WA, Represented the United States Government in proceedings before the Immigration Courts, including matters on asylum, cancellation of removal, contested removal and criminal issues.  Prepared trial and appellate motions and briefs to both the Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals.  Also conducted other collateral duties including preparing detailed litigation reports to the US Attorney's Office on Writs of Habeas Corpus, criminal illegal re-entry cases and Writs of Mandamus.  Also prepared and provided agency positions on Federal and State subpoenas served upon agency personnel and the agency itself. 
Practicing Attorney / Associate, 01/1995 - 04/1996
United States Courts Lubbock, TX, Represented clients for preparation of non-immigrant and immigrant visas in the United States, including family-based petitions, employment based petitions, adjustment of status and other applications for relief from deportation/removal.  Represented clients in proceedings before the Immigration Court and before legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service.  Responsible for research and preparing briefs before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and Legacy INS.
General Attorney, 09/1991 - 01/1995
Immigration & Naturalization Services Center City, STATE, Represented the United States Government in proceedings before the Immigration Courts on all aspects of deportation.  Prepared trial and appellate briefs before the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals.  Was tasked with organizing and participating in a Pilot Program called the Asylum Pre-Screening Program that conducting credible fear interviews for potential refugees from April 1992 until February 1995.  This included hazardous duty travel off shore and in Mexico and Central America. 
Judicial Law Clerk, 08/1989 - 04/1991
Jackson County, MO 16th Judicial Circuit Court City, STATE, Researched and prepared legal memoranda and findings of fact/conclusions of law in the areas of civil procedure, criminal, domestic and civil jury trials.  Coordinated civil and criminal juries during voir dire and trial.  Assisted other matters involving the Court.
Education and Training
J.D.: , Expected in 1989
University of Missouri - Kansas City, Missouri
B.A., Magna Cum Laude: History, Expected in 1986
University of Missouri - Kansas City, Missouri
Activities and Honors

President, Bethany Woods South Home Owners Association, 2013 to Present; As president of an 80 Unit Townhome Complex, I oversee a budget of over 1 million dollars, negotiate and prepare business contracts on behalf of the HOA and conduct executive and open meetings;

Immigration Judge Mentor, August XXX8 to Present;  I have been the mentor every year for either Immigration Judges, Judicial Law Clerks or both;
BIA Precedent Committee: 2014 to Present;  Worked on various cutting edge legal issues that may involve precedential decisions before the BIA;
Prepared a Report on Current Regulations:  August 2017; Analyzed various regulations that may need revision or omission.
Speaker at Immigration Judge Conference, July XXX9; 9th Circuit case law;
Western Regional Executive Vice President, October 2017 to present:  National Association of Immigration Judges;  prepare and update members on various personnel and legal issues.

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  • University of Missouri
  • University of Missouri

Job Titles Held:

  • Immigration Judge
  • Senior Attorney
  • Assistant Chief Counsel
  • Practicing Attorney / Associate
  • General Attorney
  • Judicial Law Clerk


  • J.D.
  • B.A., Magna Cum Laude

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