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Last week, the Chicago Immigration Court announced that all the Chicago judges will be adding at an additional Master Calendar (status) date to their dockets beginning March 4, 2013 and continuing through November 30, 2013.  As a result, individuals who merits hearings scheduled for the new Master Calendar dates will receive notices rescheduling their merits hearings for a later date.  It is expected that the new merits hearing dates will be in 2015 or 2015.  Several NIJC attorneys have already received notices rescheduling their hearings for the summer of 2016.

Below is the list of master calendar days and times for each Chicago immigration judge.  If you believe your NIJC pro bono client will be affected by this change, please contact Michelle at or Ashley at

Monday, 9 am:  Judge McNulty (added)

Tuesday, 9 am: Judge Cuevas (added)
                       Judge Guzman (regular)
                       Judge Giambastiani (regular)                             
                       Judge Vinikoor (added)                            
                       Judge Zerbe (regular)                         

 Tuesday, 1 pm: Judge Giambastiani (added)
 Wednesday, 9 am:  Judge Vinikoor (regular)
 Thursday, 9 am:  Judge Cuevas (regular)
                          Judge McNulty (regular)
                          Judge Zerbe (added)
 Friday, 9 am and 1 pm:  No regular or added master calendars for non-detained docket