The overburdened Immigration Judge corps received three new members last week. Judges Steven F. Day, Edward F. Kelly, and Deepali Nadkarni were sworn in Chief IJ Brian O’Leary. Judge Day will head to the Boston Immigration Court while Judges Kelly and Nadkarni will serve as Assistant Chief IJs.
All three new judges come directly from the government’s immigration law agencies. Judge was most recently a trial attorney in the Justice Department’s Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL), the Justice unit that litigates all immigration cases in the federal courts (as opposed to the Immigration Courts and BIA). Judge Kelly takes the bench from the Chief Immigration Judge’s office where he served as senior counsel and chief of staff. Finally, Judge Nadkarni will leave behind the BIA where she has been working in various capacities since 1995.