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Three New Immigration Judges to Begin in the Los Angeles Immigration Court in 2011

December 25th, 2010 No comments
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David Neumeister, Immigration Judge, Los Angeles Immigration Court
Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Judge Neumeister in December 2010. Judge
Neumeister received a bachelor of arts degree in 1973 and a master of arts degree in English in
1978, both from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a juris doctorate in 1980 from
Southwestern University School of Law. From 1980 to December 2010, he was in private
practice in Bakersfield, Calif., exclusively practicing immigration law since 1982. Judge
Neumeister is a member of the State Bar of California.

Lee A. O’Connor, Immigration Judge, Los Angeles Immigration Court
Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Judge O’Connor in December 2010. Judge
O’Connor received a bachelor of arts degree in 1981 from the University of California, Berkeley,
and a juris doctorate in 1984 from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. From 1999 to December
2010, he was the directing attorney of the Immigrants’ and Language Rights Center at Indiana
Legal Services Inc. From 1994 to 1999, he was senior attorney for the Legal Aid Society of San
Diego, Inc. During that time, Judge O’Connor was a judge pro tem for the San Diego Municipal
Court. From 1998 to 1999, he served as an adjunct professor of immigration law in the paralegal
program at Southwestern Community College, Chula Vista, Calif. From 1988 to 1994, he was a
staff attorney for the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, Inc. During that
time, from 1993 to 1994, Judge O’Connor was a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Municipal
Court. From 1985 to 1988, he was staff attorney for the Center for Human Rights and
Constitutional Law in Los Angeles. From 1984 to 1985, Judge O’Connor was an associate with
Overland, Berke, Wesley, Gits, Randolf & Levanas in Los Angeles. Judge O’Connor is a
member of the State Bar of California and the Indiana State Bar.

Rachel A. Ruane, Immigration Judge, Los Angeles Immigration Court
Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Judge Ruane in December 2010. Judge Ruane
received a bachelor of arts degree in 1997 from Wesleyan University and a juris doctorate in
2001 from Emory University School of Law. From October 2003 to December 2010, she served
as deputy chief counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, Office of the Chief Counsel in Los Angeles, Calif. From 2002 to 2003, she was an
attorney advisor for the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)
in Los Angeles, Calif. From 2001 to 2002, she worked as a judicial law clerk for EOIR in
Boston. Judge Ruane is a member of the State Bar of Massachusetts.

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