Three Immigration Judges Take Oath of Office in New York, New York

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Executive Office for Immigration Review

    NEW YORK, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Paul L. Johnston, John Opaciuch, and
 William C. Peterson will be sworn in today as Immigration Judges during an
 investiture ceremony at 2:00 p.m., in the United States Court of International
 Trade, Ceremonial Room, 1 Federal Plaza, New York, New York.  Chief
 Immigration Judge Michael J. Creppy, from the Executive Office for Immigration
 Review in Falls Church, Virginia, will administer the oath of office.
     They join the ranks of more than 200 Immigration Judges located in 52
 Immigration Courts throughout the Nation.  They 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 may be 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.
     Paul L. Johnston was appointed Immigration Judge in December 2000 while
 preparing to retire from a career in the U.S. Army. He received his B.A. in
 1969, and his law degree in 1972, both from the University of Illinois.  Judge
 Johnston served in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1975 to
 January 2001.  His duty assignments included: chief circuit judge from 1996 to
 2000; staff judge advocate at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, from 1994 to 1996 and at
 the Presidio of San Francisco from 1992 to 1994; deputy staff judge advocate
 at the Presidio from 1991 to 1992; and chief, criminal law, at the 21st TAACOM
 Kaiserslautern, Germany, from 1989 to 1991.  In other assignments he served at
 the Pentagon, in Korea, and as an instructor in the law department at West
 Point. Judge Johnston was in private practice in Peoria, Illinois, from 1973
 to 1975 and served as an assistant state's attorney in Pekin, Illinois, from
 1972 to 1973.  Judge Johnston is a member of the Illinois and Wisconsin Bars.
     John Opaciuch was appointed Immigration Judge in December 2000.  He
 received his B.A. in 1980 from the University of California at San Diego, and
 his J.D. in 1983 from the California Western School of Law.  Judge Opaciuch
 served as deputy district counsel from April 1998 to December 2000 for the
 Immigration and Naturalization Service in New York City, where he also served
 as assistant district counsel from October 1988 to April 1989.  He is a member
 of the Idaho and New York Bars.
     William C. Peterson was appointed Immigration Judge in December 2000.  He
 received his undergraduate degree in 1973 from Peru State College, and his law
 degree in 1983 from Creighton University School of Law.  From 1995 to 2000,
 Judge Peterson served as the deputy district counsel for the Immigration and
 Naturalization Service (INS) in San Francisco, California.  He was the
 assistant district counsel for the INS in Harlingen, Texas, from 1988 to 1995.
 He served as a deputy county attorney for Adams County in Hastings, Nebraska,
 from 1987 to 1988.  He was in private practice in Hastings from 1984 to 1987.
 Judge Peterson served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.  He is a
 member of the Nebraska Bar.
 
 

SOURCE Executive Office for Immigration Review
    NEW YORK, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Paul L. Johnston, John Opaciuch, and
 William C. Peterson will be sworn in today as Immigration Judges during an
 investiture ceremony at 2:00 p.m., in the United States Court of International
 Trade, Ceremonial Room, 1 Federal Plaza, New York, New York.  Chief
 Immigration Judge Michael J. Creppy, from the Executive Office for Immigration
 Review in Falls Church, Virginia, will administer the oath of office.
     They join the ranks of more than 200 Immigration Judges located in 52
 Immigration Courts throughout the Nation.  They 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 may be 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.
     Paul L. Johnston was appointed Immigration Judge in December 2000 while
 preparing to retire from a career in the U.S. Army. He received his B.A. in
 1969, and his law degree in 1972, both from the University of Illinois.  Judge
 Johnston served in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1975 to
 January 2001.  His duty assignments included: chief circuit judge from 1996 to
 2000; staff judge advocate at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, from 1994 to 1996 and at
 the Presidio of San Francisco from 1992 to 1994; deputy staff judge advocate
 at the Presidio from 1991 to 1992; and chief, criminal law, at the 21st TAACOM
 Kaiserslautern, Germany, from 1989 to 1991.  In other assignments he served at
 the Pentagon, in Korea, and as an instructor in the law department at West
 Point. Judge Johnston was in private practice in Peoria, Illinois, from 1973
 to 1975 and served as an assistant state's attorney in Pekin, Illinois, from
 1972 to 1973.  Judge Johnston is a member of the Illinois and Wisconsin Bars.
     John Opaciuch was appointed Immigration Judge in December 2000.  He
 received his B.A. in 1980 from the University of California at San Diego, and
 his J.D. in 1983 from the California Western School of Law.  Judge Opaciuch
 served as deputy district counsel from April 1998 to December 2000 for the
 Immigration and Naturalization Service in New York City, where he also served
 as assistant district counsel from October 1988 to April 1989.  He is a member
 of the Idaho and New York Bars.
     William C. Peterson was appointed Immigration Judge in December 2000.  He
 received his undergraduate degree in 1973 from Peru State College, and his law
 degree in 1983 from Creighton University School of Law.  From 1995 to 2000,
 Judge Peterson served as the deputy district counsel for the Immigration and
 Naturalization Service (INS) in San Francisco, California.  He was the
 assistant district counsel for the INS in Harlingen, Texas, from 1988 to 1995.
 He served as a deputy county attorney for Adams County in Hastings, Nebraska,
 from 1987 to 1988.  He was in private practice in Hastings from 1984 to 1987.
 Judge Peterson served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.  He is a
 member of the Nebraska Bar.
 
 SOURCE  Executive Office for Immigration Review