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Hon. Dorothy Harbeck, IJ (personal capacity)

Hon. Dorothy Harbeck, IJ (personal capacity)

Elizabeth Immigration Court
United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review
Elizabeth, NJ, USA

United States Department Of Justice-Executive Office for Immigration Review

Judge Harbeck is an Immigration Judge for the U. S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review. She was appointed to the Elizabeth, NJ Immigration Court in 2006.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Wellesley College, with honors in English and a special studies certificate with honors from the Universite' Catholique De L'Ouest in Angers, France. She earned her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was awarded the ASCAP/Nathan Burkan Prize for a meritorious paper on the use of demonstrative evidence in musical copyright infringement cases. She attended a program on comparative law at Jesus College, Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. She also received a certificate in trial advocacy skills from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Judge Harbeck’s particular research interests include citizenship and identity, as well as the presentation of evidence in trial court. She is a faculty member at the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College, where she has taught on the history of citizenship. She is a faculty member at the U.S. Department of State—Seven Sisters College Consortium on Women in Public Service Program (WPSP) Institute. She has been a faculty member for the New Jersey 2009 and 2011 Judicial Colleges and she has lectured at the American Inns of Court on trial evidence issues. She is an adjunct professor in the trial skills department at Seton Hall University School of Law.

She has published articles in Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Seton Hall Legislative Journal, Fordham Urban Law Journal, St. John’s University Journal of International and Comparative Law, Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal, Federal Lawyer, Immigration Law Advisor, New Jersey Law Journal, New Jersey Lawyer, Villanova Journal of Business Education, Election Law Journal, Strategic Human Resources and Compensation News. Judge Harbeck has been an author and lecturer for  NJICLE. She was a panelist comparing U.S. asylum procedures with Italian asylum procedures at the 2013 NJSBA Mid-Year Conference in Rome, Italy and a panelist on Human Trafficking at the 2014 NJSBA Mid-Year Conference in Paris, France.

She is a member of the executive board of the Federal Bar Association – Immigration Law Section and was recognized by two separate FBA components for her efforts in education and legal scholarship. She was awarded the FBA-ILS 2014 Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education and Legal Scholarship (11th Annual Conference in Memphis, May 16, 2014) and also the Federal Bar Association – NJ Chapter William Strasser Award for Outstanding Achievement in Continuing Legal Education (33rd Annual Conference in Newark, May 21, 2014). For her CLE and publication efforts, she was appointed as a Fellow of the Federal Bar Foundation in 2014.

 Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Harbeck was a litigation attorney in private practice. She has tried civil jury cases and New Jersey Department of Labor cases. She has argued in trial and appellate courts at both the state and federal levels including the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a former Assistant Warren County Counsel and former alternate municipal prosecutor for Atco Township, Camden County. She is a master at the Haydn Proctor Inn of Court (Monmouth County, NJ), where she was initially a pupil in its inaugural class approximately 25 years ago. She is the Eastern Regional Vice-President of the National Association of Immigration Judges, a component of the Federal Professional and Technical Employees Union (IFPTE-AFL-CIO). Judge Harbeck is a member of the N.J. and N.Y. state bars.


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