Attorney General William Barr appointed Samia Naseem as Immigration Judge for Chicago Immigration Court. She joined on November 25, 2019 and was formally honored and robed in an Investiture Ceremony on December 20, 2019 in the U.S. Department of Justice main building in Washington DC. Judge Naseem earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2001 from Simmons College, and a Juris Doctor in 2004 from the George Washington University Law School. As part of her Juris Doctor program, she also studied International Human Rights Law and Refugee Law at Oxford University in UK in 2002.
Judge Naseem has had an illustrious career. From 2010-2019, Judge Naseem served as an assistant chief counsel for the Office of the Chief Counsel, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, in New York City and Chicago. From 2007-2010, Judge Naseem served as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. From 2005-2007, she served as an attorney at the Law Offices of Khalid Naseem in Boylston, Massachusetts. From 2004-2005, Judge Naseem served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judith N. Macaluso in Washington, D.C. Judge Naseem is a member of the State Bar of New York.
Judge Naseem is the daughter of Khalid and Homaira Naseem who moved to United States as graduate students in 1978. They have lived in Boylston, Massachusetts since 1991. Khalid Naseem practices law and Homaira Naseem a Plastics Engineer, has a passion for public service. She is also an elected member of the Planning Board of the town of Boylston and, in 2016 was elected as a National delegate for Bernie Sanders.
This is a great and a proud moment for the Muslims in America. We in Massachusetts take further cognizance of this fact and feel rightly proud for Saima's great achievement, especially as she is one of our own. Samia Naseem is the pride for the whole community she breathed in - and that's what needs to be celebrated. What an honor for the community members who saw her grow up in this community as a toddler Samia Naseem to now Judge Naseem. While she serves justice she serves to inspire and be a source of encouragement for our young people.
Judge Naseem will be one of the 12 Judges sitting on the bench in Chicago and there are only 467 Judges in this category, nationwide.
I wonder how her father Khalid Naseem will address her daughter in her chamber when other fellow-lawyers will be addressing her as 'Your Honor'.