About | HeinOnline Law Journal Library | HeinOnline Law Journal Library | HeinOnline

7 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 277 (1993)
Tribute to Judge Robie

handle is hein.journals/geoimlj7 and id is 289 raw text is: TRIBUTE TO JUDGE ROBIE

THEODORE RUTHIZER*
As the President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association,
I had the privilege of working closely with Bill Robie. For the many
years I knew him, we shared a cordial and productive relationship.
Both he and I shared a mutual interest in improving the quality of the
immigration judiciary and the fairness of the judicial process.
When I first began to practice immigration law almost 20 years ago,
I appeared before an immigration judge (now mercifully retired).
When I mentioned to the judge that he and I were graduates of the
same law school and that he had missed a recent luncheon honoring
members of the judiciary, he looked me straight in the eye and ex-
claimed: I'm not a real judge. Unfortunately, his self-assessment was
proved all too accurate by his rude demeanor and by his inconsistent
and badly reasoned rulings from the bench that day. Years later, I had
occasion to recount this tale to Judge Robie, who could only shake his
head in dismay.
I would be less than candid if I pretended that Judge Robie and I
were always in agreement. Indeed, we differed on a whole host of is-
sues, including the failure of the immigration courts to accept filing
fees and my frequent complaints about the conduct and decision-mak-
ing of some immigration judges. But what distinguished Bill was his
accessibility, his interest in fair adjudications, and his commitment to
excellence.
The Robie legacy is found not in the movement for uniform rules of
procedure, nor in a better administered court system (both of which he
favored). Rather, his legacy will be the many superb immigration law-
yers who now serve on the bench and who have added a sense of fair-
ness, impartiality, and sensitivity to the difficult process of deciding
who may remain and who must be banished from the country. No
longer will practice as an INS trial attorney provide the only sure route
to the bench. Judge Robie changed the rules. For the first time in his-
tory, private immigration attorneys were sought out and encouraged to
apply for judgeships. Judge Robie was concerned about fairness, intelli-
gence, management skills, and judicial temperament. It didn't matter if
* National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; partner and head of
the Immigration Law Group of the New York law firm of Robinson, Silverman, Pearce, Aronsohn
& Berman. A graduate of the Columbia Law School, he is a frequent writer and lecturer on
immigration law issues.

What Is HeinOnline?

HeinOnline is a subscription-based resource containing nearly 3,000 academic and legal journals from inception; complete coverage of government documents such as U.S. Statutes at Large, U.S. Code, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Reports, and much more. Documents are image-based, fully searchable PDFs with the authority of print combined with the accessibility of a user-friendly and powerful database. For more information, request a quote or trial for your organization below.



Short-term subscription options include 24 hours, 48 hours, or 1 week to HeinOnline with pricing starting as low as $29.95

Contact us for annual subscription options:

Already a HeinOnline Subscriber?

profiles profiles most