Hon. Charles M. Honeyman (Retired)

Hon. Charles M. Honeyman (Retired) 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. After more than 24 years of service as an Immigration Judge, on January 4, 2020, Judge Honeyman retired.

During his tenure, 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. Additionally, a number of Judge Honeyman’s cases resulted in published decisions in the Third, First, and Second Circuit Courts of Appeal.

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 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 expects to remain active in the field of immigration law through writing, speaking, teaching at CLEs, and offering strategic litigation counsel when called upon. Judge Honeyman remains a retired member of NAIJ, has joined the Roundtable of former Immigration Judges, and expects to rejoin AILA.

Judge Honeyman is a member of the Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania bars.

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