Immigration policies and their effects on children to be discussed at symposium

Immigration policies and their effects on children will be the topic of discussion at the Western Michigan University Cooley Law Review Symposium from 1-4 p.m. at the law school’s Lansing campus. The Nov. 14 event will feature four expert panelists involved in immigration law. The group will discuss how both legal and illegal immigration affects children’s social, economic and educational development. Ieisha Humphrey, WMU-Cooley enrollment and academic services coordinator, will moderate the discussion.

 Panelists include:

• Juan Caballero: legal fellow, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan (ACLU of Michigan)

• Bing Goei: director, Michigan Office of New Americans (MONA)

• Susan Reed: managing attorney, Michigan Immigration Rights Center (MIRC)

• Jason Eyster: partner, Lovell Stewart Halebian Jacobson, LLP

Caballero joined the ACLU of Michigan as a legal fellow with the Western Michigan office in 2016, and is responsible for a range of litigation and advocacy work. Before joining the ACLU of Michigan, Caballero attended New York University School of Law, where he interned with the Immigrant Defense Project in New York City and the Pima County Public Defender’s office in Tucson, Arizona. He also spent the summer of 2015 interning with the ACLU of Southern California’s National Security and Immigrant Rights Project. Caballero spent two years working with the Immigrant Rights Clinic at NYU Law. As a student representative, he worked under the supervision of clinic professors to represent individuals in their proceedings in immigration court and before the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Goei was appointed as MONA’s first director by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2014. As an immigrant himself, Goei is grateful for the opportunity his family was given when they immigrated to the United States. An easy, but secure immigration process allowed his parents to leave Indonesia with Goei and his siblings, and, via the Netherlands, come to Michigan in 1960. As a director of MONA, he works to “pay forward” his good fortune by working tirelessly on behalf of New Americans today who also want to call Michigan home. He is involved with many community organizations, including current service on the TALENT 2025 CEO council and the West Michigan Asian American Association board of directors, and past service with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce. 

Reed is managing attorney with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, and has practiced immigration and immigrant rights law since 2003. Her interests include the intersection of family and immigration law, the rights of unaccompanied immigrant children, immigrant eligibility for public benefits and programs and civil rights matters. She has served as a staff attorney at Farmworker Legal Services of Michigan and as a regional attorney for Justice for Our Neighbors, the immigration legal services program of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. In 2013, Reed was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to the Foreign Language Board of Review and serves as a committee member of the Court's Limited English Proficiency Implementation Advisory Committee. She is a member of the first class of W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellows, as well as the Detroit City Council Immigration Task Force. Reed serves as secretary of the Steering Committee for the Michigan Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and co-chairs the Advocacy Committee of the Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Eyster is a graduate of Princeton University and Fordham Law School, where he founded and was editor-in-chief of the Fordham International Law Journal. His scholarship, which often concerns legal persuasion, includes numerous articles in both academic and practical law journals. In addition, he served as a long-time editor of both the Journal of Asian Business and the annual Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook. Eyster began concentrating in Immigration Law in 1997, and has served as a clinical professor at several law schools, including Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Wayne State University Law School and the Peking University School of Transnational Law. In his current work, he focuses on class action law suits.
Before joining the enrollment and student services department, Humphrey worked as an assistant director of the Center for Ethics, Service and Professionalism managing and creating pro bono programs that assisted clients with bankruptcy,
expungement, unemployment insurance and naturalization. She provided pro bono services to Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan by assisting eligible applicants apply for deferred action. Humphrey joined the pro bono attorney group with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center to handle U-visa and VAWA petitions. In private practice, she has handled other family-based immigration issues including visas, adjustments of status and motions to reopen. Humphrey is also an adjunct professor for immigration law. She sits on the board of directors for the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association and serves as the 2017–2018 secretary. She earned a bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University and a juris doctor degree from WMU-Cooley Law School.

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