Officers Bios

Hon. Dana Leigh Marks

Hon. Dana Leigh MarksDana Leigh Marks has been an Immigration Judge in San Francisco since January of 1987.   Since 1999 she has served seven two-year terms as President and two two-year terms as Vice President of the NAIJ.

On behalf of NAIJ, she has published numerous scholarly and general circulation articles and has testified to Congress regarding the need to restructure our nation’s Immigration Courts to safeguard judicial independence. Her focus also includes zealously advocating for increased resources and improved working conditions at the Immigration Courts. She frequently speaks to the press regarding Immigration Court issues, making television and radio appearances in English and Spanish. She actively represents the Immigration Judge corps with EOIR and OCIJ to assure the judges’ perspective is represented on all matters affecting judges. She served as lead negotiator to achieve our first collective bargaining agreement and has represented NAIJ and individual members in grievance and discipline negotiations. Judge Marks taught Immigration Law as an adjunct law professor for over a decade and continues to lecture extensively on various immigration law topics to judges, attorneys and journalists at seminars nationally.

Judge Marks was honored in 2006 as a Leader in the Human Rights Struggle by the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant for her years of public service and volunteer work; she received the Clara Foltz Feminist Society award for Woman Alumnae of the Year from Hastings College of the Law in 2002, an honor bestowed on her by the students who found her to be an inspirational graduate; and the Phillip Burton Immigration and Civil Rights Award from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in 1999 for her judicial leadership, long standing dedication to immigrants and commitment to legal education. Judge Marks continues to serve Hastings as an active member of the Alumni Mentor program.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Marks worked for ten years in private immigration law firms, with broad business immigration, family visa work and asylum law caseloads. While in private practice she served as lead counsel and orally argued the landmark asylum case of INS v. Cardoza-Fonseca, 480 U.S. 421 (1987), which established that persons applying for asylum need only prove a reasonable possibility of future persecution instead of the higher standard of clear probability advocated by the INS. She was also an active leader holding various positions in the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Judge Marks received her J.D. degree from Hastings College of the Law in 1977 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of California at Berkeley in 1974.

Hon. Denise Noonan Slavin
Executive Vice President

Hon. Denise Noonan Slavin

Denise Noonan Slavin is Executive Vice President of the NAIJ. She was first elected as Vice President of the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) in August 2001. Since then, she has been either Vice President or President of NAIJ. In addition, Judge Slavin provides NAIJ local representative services to the Krome and Miami Immigration Courts.

Judge Slavin was appointed as an Immigration Judge in April 1995. She previously worked as a Dept. of Justice prosecutor in the unit dealing with denaturalization and deportation of World War II era Nazi-collaborators, as an INS Trial Attorney, and as a prosecutor of civil rights complaints at the administrative level in Maryland. Judge Slavin is a member of the Maryland Bar and was admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1992. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1977, and her J.D. from the University of Maryland at Baltimore Law School in 1982.

Judge Slavin is a member of the American Bar Association and National Association of Women Judges, and also serves on a community representative on Florida International University’s Institutional Biosafety Committee. She has written numerous articles regarding working conditions in the Immigration Court and immigration law. She has been a volunteer for Girl Scouts of America for many years.

Hon. Lawrence O. Burman
Secretary – Treasurer

Hon. Lawrence O. Burman
Lawrence O. Burman was appointed as an Immigration Judge in April 1998.

Prior to his appointment at the immigration court in Arlington, VA, he served as an immigration judge in Los Angeles (1998 to 2002) and Memphis (2002 to 2010). He received a BA in 1971 from the University of Virginia and a JD in 1978 from the University of Maryland.

From 1988 to 1998, Judge Burman served in various positions at the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), including assistant district counsel in Baltimore, and as assistant general counsel in Washington, D.C.

From 1978 to 1988, he was an attorney in private practice in Baltimore. He also worked for the Maryland General Assembly from 1979 to 1981 as counsel to the House Appropriations Committee and counsel to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

Judge Burman was in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1975, and in the Maryland National Guard from 1975 to 1993. He is a member of the Maryland Bar, and served as Chair of the Immigration Law Section, Federal Bar Association 2011-2012.

Hon. Dorothy Harbeck
Vice President – Eastern Region

Hon. Dorothy Harbeck

Judge Harbeck is an Immigration Judge for the U. S. Department of Justice, Executive Office of 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 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 lectured at the American Inns of Court on trial evidence issues. She has been a faculty member for the 2009, 2011 and 2016 New Jersey Judicial Colleges where she instructed the N.J. state judiciary on immigration law. She was a panelist comparing U.S. asylum procedures with Italian asylum procedures at the 2013 NJSBA Mid-Year Conference in Rome, Italy; she was a panelist on Human Trafficking and Asylum at the 2014 NJSBA Mid-Year Conference in Paris, France and she taught immigration testimony skills at the 2016 NJSBA Mid-Year Conference in Amsterdam, NL. She has been an adjunct professor in the trial skills department at Seton Hall University School of Law since 2010.

Judge Harbeck has published articles in Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Seton Hall Legislative Journal, Rutgers Law Record, 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, as well as in several New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education publications. 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. Judge Harbeck is a member of the N.J. and N.Y. state bars. 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. She is a member of the executive board of the Federal Bar Association – Immigration Law Section and the only Fellow of the Federal Bar Foundation from N.J. 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 provides NAIJ local representative services to the Elizabeth and Newark Immigration Court

Hon. A. Ashley Tabaddor
Vice President – Western Region

Hon. A. Ashley Tabaddor

A. Ashley Tabaddor is the Western Regional Vice-President for the National Association of Immigration Judges. She has been serving in this capacity since 2012. Prior to that, she served as a local representative for the Los Angeles Immigration Court judges. Judge Tabaddor assists NAIJ and its membership with a variety of day to day work related concerns of our members, including negotiations with management on issues of concern to the judge corps.

Judge Tabaddor was appointed to the bench in November 2005. She is also an adjunct professor at UCLA law school and has served as an adjunct faculty for a number of other law schools. Prior to her appointment, she worked in various capacities within the U.S. Department of Justice, including service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, trial attorney with the civil division handling federal appellate litigation, and a judicial law clerk.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in 1994 from UCLA and her Juris Doctorate in 1997 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Judge Tabaddor is actively involved with the legal and non-legal community, mentoring and speaking regularly before bar associations, conferences, symposiums, organizations and schools. Judge Tabaddor enjoys traveling and hopes to eventually to visit every country on the map.


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