Retired federal immigration judge Bruce J. Einhorn, adjunct professor of law and the director of Pepperdine’s Asylum and Refugee Clinic, was appointed to the ABA National Commission on Immigration in early July by Stephen N. Zack, president-elect of the American Bar Association.
The commission, which examines current challenges under the U.S. immigration and naturalization laws, proposes rule and policy changes to in the nation’s immigration and naturalization laws. The founding director of Pepperdine’s Asylum and Refugee Clinic, Einhorn was the primary draftsperson for the Refugee Act of 1990—the modern law of asylum in the United States.
Einhorn served as a federal immigration judge for 17 years before retiring in 2007. Prior to his service on the court, he served as a special prosecutor and as chief of litigation for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI), where he conducted trial depositions and treaty negotiations in foreign countries and participated in appellate arguments in the U.S. Supreme and Federal Circuit Courts. He is presently a special master for the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington in connection with a class action suit that involves complex claims to immigration benefits.