Attorney General William Barr appointed Robert C. Bartlemay Sr. to begin hearing cases in October 2019. Judge Bartlemay earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1980 from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor in 1983 from the University of Toledo. From 2010 to 2019, he served as a senior attorney with Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in Phoenix. From 2007 to 2010, he served as an assistant chief counsel, OPLA, ICE, DHS, in Phoenix. From 1983 to 2007, he served as a judge advocate for the U.S. Air Force in the following locations: Carswell Air Force Base, Texas; Comiso Air Station, Italy; Reese Air Force Base, Texas; Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico; McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey; Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia; Kelly Air Force Base, Texas; Anderson Air Force Base, Guam; and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Judge Bartlemay is a member of the Indiana State Bar and
Texas State Bar.