Jennifer Barnes joined the staff of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), Office of the General Counsel, in April 1995. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in 1976, her Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University in 1979, and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1988. Ms. Barnes joined the Department of Justice in the Attorney General's Honor Law Program in 1988 working for the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) as a trial attorney in San Francisco. Leaving San Francisco in 1990, she went to INS Headquarters to work in the Office of the General Counsel, where she served as assistant general counsel focusing primarily on employer sanctions issues, and as associate general counsel where she managed the General Law Division. In July 1994, she joined the INS Appellate Counsel's Office working as liaison between INS and EOIR until April 1995. In 1999, Ms. Barnes became the EOIR Disciplinary Counsel (then Bar Counsel). She is a member of both the California and District of Columbia Bars, and is an active member of the National Organization of Bar Counsel.