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The Honorable Bruce J. Einhorn was appointed as a United States Immigration Judge in Los Angeles in 1990 at the age of only 35. From July 29, 1990 through January 31, 2007 he presided over the largest Immigration Court docket in the country. Judge Einhorn heard and decided tens of thousands of deportation and removal cases and adjudicated as many relief applications, including those for asylum, withholding of deportation/removal, relief under the United Nations Convention Against Torture, waivers, adjustment of status, and cancellation of removal for permanent and nonpermanent residents.

Judge Einhorn was among the first Immigration Judges to grant asylum to LGBT individuals, Middle Eastern converts to Christianity, Sunni Muslims persecuted by Shi'a and vice versa, victims of honor killings and gross domestic abuse, and journalists and police officers fleeing Mexican and South American drug cartels and their corrupt local government supporters.

While an Immigration Judge, Einhorn was a member of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges. He served as the Liaison Immigration Judge for Los Angeles and as an instructor at the training academy for Immigration Judges. Judge Einhorn continues to serve as an occasional Special Master (interim judge) for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the review of federal trial court decisions in class action immigration cases.

Before serving as an Immigration Judge, Einhorn served with the U.S. Department of Justice where he was the principal draftsperson of the Refugee Relief Act of 1980, which for the first time in U.S. history gave non-citizens the right to apply for asylum in the United States. Judge Einhorn is one of the nation's leading experts on matters involving asylum.

From October 1979 through June 1990, Judge 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. OSI was responsible for the identification, denaturalization, deportation, and prosecution of Nazi war criminals who escaped justice after World War II and resided illegally in the United States. While at OSI, Judge Einhorn developed a major expertise in international extradition law involving persons in the U.S. sought for prosecution by foreign countries. 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 remains active as an authority, lecturer, and consultant on international extradition matters.

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 also served as a consultant on the Spielberg-produced film, The Last Days, which won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Judge Einhorn is a founding member of both the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

Judge Einhorn served as Founding Director of the Asylum and Refugee Law Clinic at the Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA, where he is also an Adjunct Professor. In 1997, Judge Einhorn received the law school's David McKibbin Excellence in Teaching Award. He also serves as a Visiting Lecturer in International Human Rights Law, Immigration Law, and Asylum and Refugee Law at the University of Oxford, England. Judge Einhorn has also guest lectured at Southwestern Law School, UCLA, and USC. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Immigration Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the National Commission on Immigration of the American Bar Association.

Between November 2008 and January 2009, Einhorn served as an advisor on immigration law and policy to the George Soros-financed "Apple Seed Project" on immigration court reform, and the Barack Obama Transition Team through the law firm of Arnold and Porter.

Judge Einhorn frequently serves as a commentator on immigration and international law issues for KNBC TV, the local Fox TV affiliate KTTV, KNX News Radio 1070 AM, and KPCC FM Public Radio. He is an advisor to the CA Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles organization, a National Commissioner of the Anti-Defamation League ("ADL"), and Co-Chair of ADL's Latino-Jewish Roundtable of Greater Los Angeles. Previously, Judge Einhorn chaired the ADL's Pacific Southwest Regional Board and its Los Angeles-based International Affairs Committee.

Judge Einhorn received his B.A. in history in 1975 magna cum laude from Columbia University, and his J.D. in 1978 from New York University Law School. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the national honors fraternity.

Judge Einhorn handles cases involving extradition, 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 can be contacted at

Bar Admission and Professional Associations

The Supreme Court of the United States; United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Ninth Circuits; New York State Bar; Pennsylvania State Bar; District of Columbia Bar; Los Angeles County Bar Association; American Immigration Lawyers Association; American Bar Association; Judicial Division, International Association for the Study of Forced Migration


  • Chapter Author, We are All Children of Babel, The Other People: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Migration (Karraker, ed.) (Palgrave Macmillan 2013)
  • Chapter Author, Consistency, Credibility, and Culture, Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform (Ramji-Nogales, Schoenholtz, Schrag, eds.) (New York University Press 2009)
  • The Gift of Understanding: Cultural and Related Challenges to Fair Credibility Determinations in Asylum Proceedings, Volume 3, Page 149, Albany Government Law Review (2010)
  • Chapter Author, Consistency, Credibility, and Culture, Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform (Ramji-Nogales, Schoenholtz, Schrag, eds.) (New York University Press 2009)
  • Co-Author, The Prosecution of War Criminals and Violators of Human Rights in the United States, Volume 19, Page 281, Whittier Law Review (1997)
  • Political Asylum in the Ninth Circuit and the Case of Elias-Zacarias, Volume 29, Page 597, San Diego Law Review (1992)
  • Holocaust and Human Rights Law: The Implementation of the Bar on Persecutors, Volume 11, Page 203, Boston College Third World Law Journal (Summer 1991)


  • Human Rights Hero Award Program for Torture Victims - 2011
  • Judicial Achievement Award, Mexican-American Bar Association - 2007
  • Judicial Achievement Award, Cuban-American Bar Association - 2007
  • Judicial Achievement Award, Iranian-American Lawyers Association - 2001, 2007
  • Community Achievement Award, LA County Sheriff's Department - 2007
  • Community Leadership Award, LA City Council - 2004
  • Community Leadership Award, CA State Legislature - 2004
  • National and Regional Leadership Awards in Civil Rights, Anti-Defamation League - 1996, 2002, 2004
  • Commendation Award for Civil Rights Leadership, United States House of Representatives - 2004
  • Medal of Leadership and Liberty, United States Senate - 2002
  • Baha'i Human Rights Award, Baha'i Community in Southern California - 1998
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, CA State Bar - 1998
  • David McKibben Excellence in Teaching Award, Pepperdine School of Law - 1997
  • Professional Achievement Award, State of Israel - 1996
  • Attorney General's Special Commendation Award, United States Department of Justice - 1983-1990
  • Alumni Achievement Award, New York University School of Law - 1986