JUDGE BRUCE J. EINHORN (RET.)
The Honorable Bruce J. Einhorn served as a United States Immigration Judge in Los Angeles from July 29, 1990 through January 31, 2007 where he presided over prosecutions initiated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (”DHS”) against non-citizens in the United States whose lawful presence here has been placed into question by counsel for the government. Judge Einhorn presided over bench trials in which the government sought removal or deportation of non-citizens based on the circumstances of their entry into the country and/or their conduct (including alleged terrorist and criminal conduct). Judge Einhorn also adjudicated the claims for relief, including applications for asylum and relief under the United Nations Convention against Torture. Before serving as an Immigration Judge, he served with the U.S. Department of Justice where he assisted in drafting the Refugee Relief Act, which for the first time in U.S. history gave non-citizens the right to apply for asylum in the United States. Judge Einhorn adjudicated claims under the very statute of which he was a principal draftsperson. He served as the Liaison Immigration Judge for Los Angeles and as an instructor at the training academy for Immigration Judges. He also hosted a National Conference on Asylum at Pepperdine University in 2007.
Judge Einhorn has served as a Professor of International, Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Law at Pepperdine University since 1991 where he founded and serves as Director of the law school’s Asylum and Refugee Clinic.
Judge Einhorn has lectured on international humanitarian law before the International Association of Refugee Law Judges, and served on its Committee on Vulnerable Peoples. He has conducted continuing legal education seminars for the American Immigration Law Association (AILA) and the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA). He has conducted seminars on the interplay of federal immigration law and California criminal law before the Los Angeles County Superior Court Judges’ Conference, the State Public Defenders’ Conference, and at numerous law schools. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows including ABC television, Fox News, National Public Radio and CNN to discuss immigration reform, and national security issues. Judge Einhorn presided over the marathon deportation proceedings against the last of the “L.A. Eight”. As an Immigration Judge, Bruce Einhorn issued major decisions on the granting of asylum to the following persecuted peoples: religious minorities, including Muslims from Europe, Evangelical Christians from the Middle East, China, and Russia, and Jews and Bah’ai members from Iran; women facing “honor killings,” victims of female genital mutilation and of rape in Africa, South Asia, and parts of the Arab world; racial and ethnic minorities from Nigeria, the Sudan, and Indonesia; and political dissidents, gays, and lesbians from many countries. Bruce Einhorn was the first Immigration Judge to grant asylum to HIV-positive individuals and disabled children who faced socially based persecution and the denial of available medical treatment in their native countries. Judge Einhorn has received many awards and honors for his judicial work. He received the Human Rights Award of the Bah’ai community in Southern California, a Plaque of Honor from the Mexican-American Bar Association, a Career of Merit Award from the Cuban-American Bar Association, and Certificates of Merit from the Arab-American and Iran-American Bar Associations of Southern California. He has also received a Lifetime Professional Achievement Award from the California State Bar.
Judge Einhorn has served since 1991 as Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law where sits on the Law School’s Board of Visitors. In 1997, Judge Einhorn received the Law School’s David McKibbin Excellence in Teaching Award. For almost 20 years Judge Einhorn has worked closely with the Anti-Defamation League (“ADL”) where he is has Life Membership on the League’s National Commission and membership on its International Affairs, Legal Affairs, and Civil Rights Committees. He helped with the submission of friend-of-the-court briefs in U.S. Supreme Court cases, including those involving the rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees. He has chaired the League’s Pacific Southwest Regional Board and its Los Angeles-based International Affairs Committee. Judge Einhorn helped draft the Declaration of Los Angeles, which called for a carefully balanced national policy of protecting homeland security and immigrant rights, and which criticized the activities of border vigilantes some of whom have been linked to racist organizations. The Declaration has been adopted by the Los Angeles City Council and California State Legislature. Judge Einhorn is a founding member of the ADL Latino-Jewish Roundtable of Los Angeles, and also works with the Consuls General of Mexico, Germany, Canada, Turkey, and other countries on initiatives involving the international rights of women and ethnic and religious minorities. Judge Einhorn has spoken extensively on the separation of church and state, and has lectured to federal district court judges on sentencing guidelines for those convicted of federally defined hate crimes.
Judge Einhorn was honored in 1999 for his work by receiving the ADL’s Daniel Ginsberg National Leadership Award in Civil Rights. The award was presented at a ceremony at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, the home church of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with President Clinton in attendance. He has also been honored with awards by U.S. House of Representatives Howard Berman and Xavier Becerra, the California State Legislature, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and the Los Angeles City Council. The state of Israel gave him a Lifetime Professional Achievement Award for his work.
From October 1979 through June 1990, Bruce Einhorn served as a Special Federal prosecutor and later as Chief of Litigation for the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations (“OSI”) in Washington, D.C. The OSI is responsible for the identification, denaturalization, deportation, and prosecution of Nazi war criminals who escaped justice after World War II and have resided illegally in the United States. As an OSI federal prosecutor, Einhorn conducted investigations and participated in the trials of Nazi-era persecutors of Jews, Roma, Slavs, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, prisoners of war, and political dissidents. He conducted trial depositions worldwide of eyewitnesses to atrocities. For his work, Judge Einhorn received three U.S. Department of Special Achievement Awards, the Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award, and the Distinguished Graduate Award of New York University School of Law.
Judge Einhorn was largely the basis for the character of the prosecutor in the acclaimed motion picture, The Music Box. With his extensive knowledge in prosecuting Nazi war criminals, Judge Einhorn served as a senior advisor and interview instructor to Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which has taken and preserved over 50,000 oral histories from Holocaust survivors. Judge Einhorn served as a consultant on the Spielberg-produced film, The Last Days, which won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Judge Einhorn is also a founding member of both the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and of the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
Between November 2008 and January 2009, Bruce Einhorn served as an advisor on immigration law and policy to the George Soros-financed “Apple Seed Project” on immigration court reform, and the Obama Transition Team through the law firm of Arnold and Porter. Bruce J. Einhorn received his B.A. degree in history in 1975, magna cum laude, from Columbia College of Columbia University, and his J.D. degree in 1978 from New York University Law School. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the national honors fraternity. In 1986, Judge Einkorn received NYU Law School’s Recent Graduate Award.
From September 1978 to September 1979, Einhorn served as a judicial law clerk with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. In 1979, he was accepted into the U.S. Justice Department’s Honors Program for Distinguished Law Graduates and Clerks. He is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, the American Constitution Society, the American Academy of Political Science, the American Civil Liberties Union, the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society, the Organization of American Historians, the Abraham Lincoln Association, and the Theodore Roosevelt Association.
Judge Einhorn has written op-ed pieces for The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Daily Journal, and other newspapers. Judge Einhorn’s publications include: (1) Political Asylum in the Ninth Circuit and the Case of Elias-Zacarias, 92 San Diego Law Review 597 (1992); and (2) The Prosecution of War Criminals and Violators of Human Rights in the United States, 19 Whittier Law Review 281 (1997). Judge Einhorn authored thousands of judicial opinions while serving as an immigration judge. He has argued numerous immigration cases before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth, Sixth, and other Circuits, and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has lectured on federal appellate and trial advocacy for health care professionals and attorneys in matters of medical malpractice law. He is engaged in discovery referee activities and arbitration and mediation work with Alternative Resolution Centers in Century City, California. Judge Einhorn has participated in bar conferences on the economic impact of immigration and on copyright and intellectual property law.
Judge Einhorn is a member of the Boards of the Americans for Democratic Action in Southern California, the Progressive Jewish Alliance, and the Jewish Labor Committee.
Judge Einhorn directs the firms 17 immigration lawyers in handling cases involving the immigration consequences of crime, due process, right to effective counsel, immigration appeals including BIA, Federal District and Appeals Courts, removal defense, waivers, employer sanctions, asylum/refugee law, and appellate litigation. Judge Einhorn be contacted at BEinhorn@Wolfsdorf.com