The Honorable Jennifer Chung ’00 was appointed by Attorney General Barr on December 20, 2019, as Immigration Judge in New York’s Broadway Immigration Court and began hearing cases in January 2020. Judge Chung earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004 from St. John’s University and a Juris Doctor in 2007 from Hofstra University School of Law. From 2008 to 2019, she worked as a managing attorney at Christophe Law Group P.C., in New York. Judge Chung is a member of the New York State Bar. The following responses are being answered in her personal capacity and not on behalf of the Executive Office for Immigration Review or the Immigration Court.
What inspired you to dedicate yourself to a life of law and the deliverance of justice to those facing immigration obstacles?
I started my career in immigration law with a desire to ensure that individuals applying for relief were provided with an opportunity to present their best case possible. I carry over that desire in my current position by aiming to ensure that any individual appearing before me feels that they have had a fair and complete opportunity to present their claim and be heard.
How do you think your time at Kellenberg Memorial helped to prepare you for your legal career?
My time at Kellenberg Memorial helped me tremendously in time management, completing multiple accomplishments effectively and efficiently. I still carry the motto of civility, order, and respect with me in everything I do.
Do you have any advice for current students or young alumni who are interested in pursuing careers in the field of law?
If you are interested in a career in the field of law, make sure it is in an area that you are passionate about. The job can be stressful, but if you are passionate about what you are doing, it will make the hard work worth it every day.
Do you have any favorite teachers/club moderators/coaches from your time at Kellenberg Memorial?
My favorite teachers were Mrs. Villani and Mr. Huggard. They fed my passion for dissecting and analyzing the written word. This was a huge advantage when pursuing my career.