Hon. Charles M. Honeyman (Retired)

Hon. Charles M. Honeyman (Retired) joined Solow, Isbell & Palladino, LLC as of counsel in March 2020, after more than 24 years of service as an Immigration Judge.  

 Judge Honeyman was appointed as an Immigration Judge by the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, in September 1995. He served the Immigration Court in New York until March 2001, when he was reassigned to the Philadelphia Immigration Court. Judge Honeyman retired from the bench in January 2020. In his capacity as of counsel at Solow, Isbell & Palladino, Judge Honeyman provides strategic litigation counsel in support of the firm’s clients, especially those applying for asylum and/or facing removal proceedings. He also works with the firm’s clients seeking other forms of immigration benefits due to their deeply rooted equities in the U.S. and the terrible hardships they and their families would face if forced to leave this country.

 During his tenure on the bench, Judge Honeyman served in a number of capacities and was frequently called upon for special assignments by both the government and the private bar, including: pro bono liaison judge; EOIR-AILA liaison; EOIR Training Conference speaker; Allenwood Federal Correctional Institution docket; Pittsburgh televideo docket; details: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Baltimore, Pearsall, TX, Port Isabel, TX, Jena, LA, Oakdale, LA, and Otero, NM; special case assignments-Nazi War Criminal cases (2); frequent CLE speaker; law school guest lecturer; National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ)-member, local representative, precedent committee. 

 A number of Judge Honeyman’s cases have resulted in noteworthy published and unpublished decisions in the Third, First, and Second Circuit Courts of Appeal, helping to shape the landscape of Immigration Law both regionally and nationally. Included among the many notable cases are: Alimbaev v. Attorney General; Kaplun v. Attorney General; Luciana v. Attorney General; Fadiga v. Attorney General; Szehinskyj v. Attorney General; Paiz-Cabrera v. Attorney General; and Sukwanputra v. Attorney General.

 Highly respected and learned, Judge Honeyman’s retirement from the bench was met with mixed emotion; though the private bar – especially Solow, Isbell & Palladino – has gained an exceptional tool in its representation of immigrants.  

 In the short time since his retirement, major news outlets have covered Judge Honeyman’s retirement and transition from the Immigration Court to private practice, including NPR Morning Edition, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Independent, BuzzFeed, and Voice of America Latin America Division. 

 Judge Honeyman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 from Roanoke College, a Master of Arts degree (Political Science) in 1975 from Penn State University, a Master of Public Policy degree in 1977 from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor degree in 1981 from the University of Baltimore. From 1981 until 1995, Judge Honeyman practiced immigration law at firms in Baltimore and thereafter in Philadelphia. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University Law School in the fall of 1988 and 1989 and has guest lectured frequently at Philadelphia area law schools. Additionally, while in private practice, Judge Honeyman held prominent positions, both locally and nationally, in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), including service for two years as national co-chair of AILA’s liaison committee with EOIR. He also spoke frequently at local, regional, and national conferences.

 Following his retirement, Judge Honeyman has remained active in the field of immigration law through writing, speaking, teaching at CLEs,  and offering strategic litigation counsel, and advising academic scholars conducting research on immigration related topics. Judge Honeyman is a retired member of the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), a member of the prestigious Roundtable of Former Immigration Judges, and has rejoined AILA.

Judge Honeyman is a member of the Maryland (active) and Pennsylvania bars, and was formerly a member of the New Jersey bar.

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