Judge John Richardson is a retired United States immigration judge with a 50-year record of legal excellence and conscientious jurisprudence.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ, November 12, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present John Richardson with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Judge Richardson celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Judge Richardson is a retired United States immigration judge with a 50-year record of legal excellence and conscientious jurisprudence. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, he earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting and commerce in 1965, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1968. Mr. Richardson was admitted to practice law by the Kentucky state bar the same year. He completed his academic pursuits with a Master of Arts in management from Webster University in 1982.
Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Richardson served as a member of the U.S. Army, graduating from the University of Kentucky as a commissioned second lieutenant in 1965. From 1968 until 1972, he worked as a legal counsel on behalf of the Army, and as a circuit trial judge for the U.S. Army Trial Judiciary between 1972 and 1978. Judge Richardson excelled as the Southeastern regional defense counsel from 1978 until 1981, and acted as legislative counsel for the Office of the Secretary of the Army between 1982 and 1985. He briefly served as a staff judge advocate for the Second Infantry Division, stationed in Korea, in 1985, and as an associate judge for the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review from 1986 until 1987.
From 1987 to 1990, Judge Richardson garnered a laudable reputation as the director of Senate affairs for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and had advanced through the grades to the rank of a colonel before his military retirement in 1990. From 1990 until 2018, he was a U.S. Immigration Court judge, and became known for his courtroom demeanor and rulings affecting juvenile defendants, including a 2002 decision to halt the deportation of four high school students detained during a class trip. Among other accolades, Judge Richardson has been honored with a 2019 Florence Immigration and Refugee Project Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2015 State Bar of Arizona Lifetime Achievement Award.
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