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U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Office of the Director
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 2400
Falls Church, Virginia 22041

NEWS RELEASE Contact: Public Affairs Office
(703)305-0289, Fax: (703) 605-0365
Internet: www.usdoj.gov/eoir

May 22, 2001

IMMIGRATION JUDGE VICARS TRANSFERS TO LOS ANGELES; IMMIGRATION JUDGE KILROY JOINS LANCASTER COURT

FALLS CHURCH, VA - The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced today the assignment of new Immigration Judge Michael A. Kilroy to the Immigration Court in Lancaster, CA. With Judge Kilroy's arrival, Immigration Judge Robert O. Vicars, Jr., has moved from Lancaster to the Immigration Court in Los Angeles, CA.

EOIR is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for developing policies and directing activities related to the conduct of administrative hearings and appellate reviews on a variety of immigration issues, including the determination of individuals' immigration status in the United States.

Immigration Judges are responsible for conducting formal administrative proceedings to determine whether foreign-born individuals who are charged with violations of Federal immigration law should be removed from the United States or granted relief from removal. Immigration Judges decide each case independently and their decisions are final unless appealed or certified to the Board of Immigration Appeals. In the past year, Immigration Judges completed more than 250,000 such proceedings. They are also authorized to administer oaths of citizenship to candidates for naturalization.

Judge Michael A. Kilroy was appointed Immigration Judge in May 2001 and assigned to the Immigration Court in Lancaster, CA. He received his undergraduate degree in 1970 from the University of Montana and his J.D. in 1973 from the University of Montana School of Law. Judge Kilroy served as an Air Force Judge Advocate from August 1973 to January 2001 and retired as a Colonel. His Air Force career included three assignments as a military criminal trial judge at Travis AFB, CA, from 1990 to 1991, and Yakota AB, Japan, from 1991 to 1993 and again from 1998 to 2000. Judge Kilroy is a member of the Montana Bar.

Judge Robert O. Vicars was appointed Immigration Judge in March 1999 and assigned to the Immigration Court in Los Angeles in May 2001, following a 2-year assignment at the Immigration Court in Lancaster, CA. He received his B.A. in 1972 from California State University at Hayward, and his J.D. in 1979 from Western State University College of Law. From 1989 to March 1999, Judge Vicars worked as an attorney with the Immigration and Naturalization Service serving as deputy district counsel in Phoenix, AZ; as sector counsel for the Border Patrol in San Ysidro and El Centro, CA; and as special assistant U.S. attorney in San Diego, CA. He also worked as a deputy district attorney for the County of Imperial in El Centro, CA, from 1988 to 1989. Judge Vicars was in private practice from 1981 to 1988. He is a member of the California Bar.

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