Monday, December 10, 2012

New Chief Counsel of the USCIS: Stephen Legomsky

  • There had been a long period of vacuum for this position in the USCIS leadership before the new counsel was appointed and assumed the position, without much publicity, on 10/24/2012. Information indicates that Mr. Legomsky has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oxford and a law degree from the University of San Diego, where he graduated first in his class and was Notes and Comments Editor of the San Diego Law Review. He also has a Bachelors of Science in mathematics from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He reportedly has over 30 years of experience in U.S., comparative, and international immigration, as well as in refugee and citizenship law and policy. Before serving in his current role, he was the Jogn S. Lehmann University Professor at the Washington University School of Law. During his career, Mr. Legomsky has held various academic positions at Washington University School of Law.
  • Since the current Director is a highly achieved lawyer himself, particularly in litigation, the vacuum of Chief Counsel position in the USCIS has not presented any serious problem. We look forward to Mr. Legomsky's active role ahead for fair and accurate interpretation of laws and rules. Welcome Mr. Legomsky!

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