William H. Orrick has been named head of the Civil Division’s Office of Immigration Litigation.
Assistant Attorney General Tony West announced the appointment in an e-mail to staff Wednesday.
The Office of Immigration Litigation employs about 310 attorneys and 100 support staff and is divided into two sections: the Appellate Section and the District Court Section. It has jurisdiction over all civil immigration litigation and is responsible for the nationwide coordination of immigration matters before the federal district and appeals courts.
Orrick came to the Justice Department as a counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division in June 2009 after 25 years at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP, where he was a partner.
Orrick is the son of former U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick Jr., who died in 2003 and ran the Justice Department’s Civil Division during the Kennedy administration. His grandfather, William H. Orrick, was one of the founding partners of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
The former head of the office, Juan Osuna, was recently named Associate Deputy Attorney General for Immigration Policy in Office of the Deputy Attorney General. He was appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Immigration Litigation last May, and previously served as chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals.