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Hon. A. Ashley TabaddorPresident

City, State: Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 709-3580

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A. Ashley Tabaddor was elected President of NAIJ in 2017. She served as the Western Regional Vice President from 2012 to 2015. Prior to that, she served as a local representative for the Los Angeles Immigration Court judges. Judge Tabaddor assists NAIJ and its membership with a variety of day to day work related concerns of our members, including negotiations with management on issues of concern to the judge corps.

Judge Tabaddor was appointed to the bench in November 2005. She is
also an adjunct professor at UCLA law school and has served as an adjunct faculty for a number of other law schools. Prior to her appointment, she worked in various capacities within the U.S. Department of Justice, including service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, trial attorney with the civil division handling federal appellate litigation, and a judicial law clerk.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in 1994 from
UCLA and her Juris Doctorate in 1997 from the University of California,
Hastings College of the Law. Judge Tabaddor is actively involved with the legal and non-legal community, mentoring and speaking regularly before bar associations, conferences, symposiums, organizations and schools. Judge Tabaddor enjoys traveling and hopes to eventually to visit every country on the map.

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Hon. Amiena KhanExecutive Vice President

City, State: New York, NY
Phone: (917) 349-1861

Hon. Dorothy HarbeckVice President Eastern Region

City, State: Elizabeth, NJ
Phone: (908) 787-1351

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Judge Harbeck is an Immigration Judge for the U. S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (USDOJ-EOIR). She is the Eastern Regional Vice President of the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) which is a component of the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers (Judicial 2) Union (IFPTE-AFL-CIO).

She was appointed to the Elizabeth, NJ Immigration Court in 2006. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Wellesley College, with honors in English and a special studies certificate with honors from the Universite’ Catholique De L’Ouest in Angers, France. She earned her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was awarded the ASCAP/Nathan Burkan Prize for a meritorious paper on the use of demonstrative evidence in musical copyright infringement cases. She attended a program on comparative law at Jesus College, Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. She also received a certificate in trial advocacy skills from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Judge Harbeck’s particular research interests include citizenship and identity, as well as the presentation of evidence in trial court. She is a faculty member at the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College, where she has taught on the history of citizenship. She is a faculty member at the U.S. Department of State—Seven Sisters College Consortium on Women in Public Service Program (WPSP) Institute. She is an adjunct professor at both Seton Hall University School of Law (Persuasion & Advocacy) and Rutgers University School of Law in Newark (Immigration & Nationality). She also teaches deposition skills for NITA. She has been a faculty member of the New Jersey Judicial College (NJJC) on immigration law in 2008, 2011 and in 2016 she was the NJJC immigration law program coordinator. She routinely guest lectures at law schools and for the American Inns of Court on trial evidence issues in her NAIJ capacity.

She has published articles in Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Seton Hall Legislative Journal, Rutgers Law Record, Fordham Urban Law Journal, St. John’s University Journal of International and Comparative Law, Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, Federal Lawyer, ABA Judges Journal, Immigration Law Advisor, New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey Lawyer, Villanova Journal of Business Education, Election Law Journal, Strategic Human Resources and Compensation News. Judge Harbeck has been an author and lecturer for NJICLE for more than fifteen years. She was a panelist comparing U.S. asylum procedures with Italian asylum procedures at the 2013 NJSBA Mid-Year Conference in Rome, Italy, a panelist on Human Trafficking at the 2014 NJSBA Mid-Year Conference in Paris, France and a panelist on Effective Trial Skills at the 2016 NJSBA Mid-Year Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Further, she was NAIJ’s representative to the UNHCR—The UN Refugee Agency for its project on creating its Legal Representation Manual for Stateless Persons in the United States in 2017.

She is a member of the executive board of the Federal Bar Association – Immigration Law Section and was recognized by two separate FBA components for her efforts in education and legal scholarship. She was awarded the FBA-ILS 2014 Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education and Legal Scholarship (11th Annual Conference in Memphis, May 16, 2014) and also the Federal Bar Association – NJ Chapter William Strasser Award for Outstanding Achievement in Continuing Legal Education (33rd Annual Conference in Newark, May 21, 2014). For her CLE and publication efforts, she was appointed as a Fellow of the Federal Bar Foundation in 2014.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Harbeck was a litigation attorney in private practice. She has tried civil jury cases and New Jersey Department of Labor cases. She has argued in trial and appellate courts at both the state and federal levels including the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a former Assistant Warren County Counsel and former alternate municipal prosecutor for Atco Township, Camden County. She is a master at the Haydn Proctor Inn of Court (Monmouth County, NJ), where she was initially a pupil in its inaugural class approximately 25 years ago. Judge Harbeck is a member of the N.J. and N.Y. state bars.

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David Burke Vice President Western Region

City, State: Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (213) 584-4508

Hon. Lawrence O. BurmanSecretary Treasurer

City, State: Arlington, VA
Phone: (703) 603-1306

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Lawrence O. Burman was appointed as an Immigration Judge in April 1998.

Prior to his appointment at the immigration court in Arlington, VA, he served as an immigration judge in Los Angeles (1998 to 2002) and Memphis (2002 to 2010). He received a BA in 1971 from the University of Virginia and a JD in 1978 from the University of Maryland.

From 1988 to 1998, Judge Burman served in various positions at the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), including assistant district counsel in Baltimore, and as assistant general counsel in Washington, D.C.

From 1978 to 1988, he was an attorney in private practice in Baltimore. He also worked for the Maryland General Assembly from 1979 to 1981 as counsel to the House Appropriations Committee and counsel to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

Judge Burman was in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1975, and in the Maryland National Guard from 1975 to 1993. He is a member of the Maryland Bar, and served as Chair of the Immigration Law Section, Federal Bar Association 2011-2012.

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Hon. Dana Leigh MarksPresident Emeritus

City, State: San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 705-0140

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Dana Leigh Marks has been an Immigration Judge in San Francisco since January of 1987. From 1999 to 2017 she has served seven two-year terms as President and two two-year terms as Vice President of the NAIJ.

On behalf of NAIJ, she has published numerous scholarly and
general circulation articles and has testified to Congress regarding the need to restructure our nation’s Immigration Courts to safeguard judicial
independence. Her focus also includes zealously advocating for increased
resources and improved working conditions at the Immigration Courts. She
frequently speaks to the press regarding Immigration Court issues, making
television and radio appearances in English and Spanish. She actively represents the Immigration Judge corps with EOIR and OCIJ to assure the judges’ perspective is represented on all matters affecting judges. She served as lead negotiator to achieve our first collective bargaining agreement and has represented NAIJ and individual members in grievance and discipline negotiations. Judge Marks taught Immigration Law as an adjunct law professor for over a decade and continues to lecture extensively on various immigration law topics to judges, attorneys and journalists at seminars nationally.

Judge Marks was honored in 2006 as a Leader in the Human Rights
Struggle by the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant for her years of public service and volunteer work; she received the Clara Foltz Feminist Society award for Woman Alumnae of the Year from Hastings College of the Law in 2002, an honor bestowed on her by the students who found her to be an inspirational graduate; and the Phillip Burton Immigration and Civil Rights Award from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in 1999 for her judicial leadership, long-standing dedication to immigrants and commitment to legal education. Judge Marks continues to serve Hastings as an active member of the Alumni Mentor program.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Marks worked for ten years in private immigration law firms, with broad business immigration, family visa work, and asylum law caseloads. While in private practice she served as lead counsel and orally argued the landmark asylum case of INS v. Cardoza-Fonseca, 480 U.S. 421 (1987), which established that persons applying for asylum need only prove a reasonable possibility of future persecution instead of the higher standard of clear probability advocated by the INS. She was also an active leader holding various positions in the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Judge Marks received her J.D. degree from Hastings College of the Law in 1977 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of California at Berkeley in 1974.

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Hon. Denise Noonan SlavinPresident Emeritus

City, State: Baltimore, MD
Phone: (410) 736-5627

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Denise Noonan Slavin is President Emeritus of the NAIJ. She was first elected as Vice President of the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) in August 2001. From 2001 to 2017, she has been either Vice President or President of NAIJ.

Judge Slavin was appointed as an Immigration Judge in April 1995. She previously worked as a Dept. of Justice prosecutor in the unit dealing with denaturalization and deportation of World War II era Nazi-collaborators, as an INS Trial Attorney, and as a prosecutor of civil rights complaints at the administrative level in Maryland. Judge Slavin is a member of the Maryland Bar and was admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1992. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1977, and her J.D. from the University of Maryland at Baltimore Law School in 1982.

Judge Slavin is a member of the American Bar Association and National Association of Women Judges, and also serves on a community representative on Florida International University’s Institutional Biosafety Committee. She has written numerous articles regarding working conditions in the Immigration Court and immigration law. She has been a volunteer for Girl Scouts of America for many years.

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