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George Ward '88

George graduated from Bucknell University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. After graduating from Bucknell he worked as a Compliance Analyst/Auditor with Shearson, Lehman, Hutton.  He also worked as a stockbroker for a small investment firm.

After working on Wall Street, George decided to pursue a legal career and enrolled in law school.  In 1993, George graduated of St. John's University School of Law, in New York.  In law school, he was a member of the Journal of Legal Commentary where he co-authored an article for publication.  He also served a Director of Publications for the Criminal Law Institute.

Mr. Ward began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County, New York.  As a prosecutor he conducted felony and misdemeanor trials.  In 1999, Mr. Ward entered federal service as an Assistant Chief Counsel with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in New York City where he represented the INS in deportation and removal cases before the Executive Office of Immigration Review.

In 2003, the Department of Homeland Security was created and he transferred to the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  George became an Associate Legal Advisor at ICE headquarters.  In this position he was selected to serve a detail as Immigration Counsel to a member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee during the debate on comprehensive immigration reform in 2006.  In 2007, George served as a member of the DHS Secretary's Immigration Task Force on Immigration Reform in 2007.

George served as ICE's Legislative Counsel where he was responsible for promoting ICE's legislative initiative, drafting and commenting on proposed legislation, providing legal counsel to ICE employees testifying in Congress, and responding to Congressional inquiries.  He later served as Chief of the District Court Litigation and was responsible for overseeing the defense of ICE, and its employees, in lawsuits in federal court.

In 2011, George became Deputy Chief in ICE's Office of Chief Counsel, in Arlington, Virginia.  He supervises a team of attorneys that litigate administrative cases before the Executive Office of Immigration Review and provide legal advice to ICE's operational components in the enforcement of Immigration and Customs laws.

George is married to Delores Heredia Ward, Esq.  In one of his most rewarding and challenging roles, he is the proud father of four and a grandfather of one.  George spends much of his free time coaching his daughter's travel softball team.  He also enjoys golfing and has run three marathons.


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