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July 01, 2005

USCIS Chief Counsel Robert Divine will become the Acting Director of USCIS

I am happy to learn that my friend Robert Devine will become on July 25 the acting director of USCIS. USCIS Director Eduardo Aguirre has resigned to become Ambassador to Spain. After July 25, 2005, USCIS Chief Counsel Robert Divine will become the Acting Director of USCIS until a new Director has been nominated and confirmed. In the meantime, Michael Petrucelli, who also is departing USCIS, is serving as Acting Director.

17 years ago when I first began practicing immigration law in Nashville I would call Robert for advice or use his book "Immigration Practice" a practical treatise addressing U.S. immigration law. Robert was always helpful and enjoyed teaching young attorney like me on how to win a case. This is great news for immigrants in the U.S. USCIS needs a leader of Robert’s experience and knowledge. For years Robert was the head of the Mid-South Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Robert was the leader of a team of immigration lawyers and paralegals at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Robert received his law degree at Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville Tennessee and Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 1, 2005 02:57 PM


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