Mark A. Dotson

Jason Eyster

Associate Professor

B.A. Princeton University 1974
J.D.,  Fordham University Law School 1978

Professor Eyster joined the Cooley Law School faculty in 2011, and serves as director of the Immigrant Rights and Civil Advocacy Clinic at the school's campus in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Previously, he was director of the Asylum and Immigrant Rights Clinic, and an assistant professor, at Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor and in Naples, Fla., 2005-2011.

Professor Eyster was a Visiting Professor at Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China, 2008-2010. Before joining academia, he was an immigration attorney with the Law Office of James Parry Eyster, 1996-2005 in Ann Arbor. He was also a Fulbright Fellow 1975-1976.

He is active in the community, serving as a mentor for the 2011-2012 Ypsilanti High School Distributive Education Clubs of America team, as co-chair of the Michigan Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, as founder and chair of the Michigan Task Force on Legal Issues Affecting Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors 2006-2008, a board member of Latinos Unidos of Washtenaw County, 2003-2005, member of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club International Humanitarian Project Committee 2001-2005, a board member or Washtenaw Literacy 2000-2002, and an organizer of the Washtenaw County Celebrate Diversity Event in 2000.

He has published many articles in the area of immigration, and is a frequent presenter on immigration issues and legal education.



James P. Eyster, Searching for the Key in the Wrong Place: Why "Common Sense" Credibility Rules Consistently Harm Refugees, 30 B.U. Int'l L.J. 1 (2012).

James P. Eyster, Professionalism and the Vulnerable Client, The Professional: A Publication of the Center for Professionalism of the Florida Bar (Summer 2010).

James P. Eyster, Antigone in China: Teaching American Law and Lawyering in Shenzhen, 12 Asian-Pac. L. &  Pol'y J. 43 (2010).

James P. Eyster, Lawyer as Artist: Using Significant Moments and Obtuse Objects to Enhance Advocacy, 14 J. Legal Writing Inst. 87 (2008).

James Parry Eyster, Pope John Paul II and Immigration Law and Policy, 6 Ave Maria L. Rev. 85 (2007).

Jason Eyster, United States v. Pre-Columbian Artifacts and the Republic of Guatemala: Expansion of National Stolen Property Act in its Application to Illegally Exported Cultural Property, 6 Intl. J. Cult. Prop. 185 (1996).

Books and Chapters in Books

American Immigration Lawyers Association. Immigration Practice Pointers: Tips for Handling Complex Cases. Edited by James P. Eyster. Washington, DC: American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2010 - 2012.

Adams, Gregory P. Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook. Senior editor James P. Eyster. Washington, DC: American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2003 - 2009.

Adams, Gregory P. Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook. Associate editor James P. Eyster. Washington, DC: American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1998 - 2002.

American Immigration Lawyers Association. Practice Under IIRIRA: One Year Later. Associate editor James P. Eyster. Washington, DC: American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1997.

University of Michigan, and Association for Asian Studies. Journal of Asian Business. Edited by James P. Eyster. Ann Arbor, MI: Southeast Asia Business Program, University of Michigan, 1990 – 2003, 2008.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and Columbia University. Art & the Law: A Publication of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Assistant editor James P. Eyster. New York, NY: Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 1976 - 1978.

Book Reviews and Shorter Works

Eyster, James P. Guest commentary: Why birthright citizenship should be preserved. Naples News (September 16, 2010).

Eyster, James P. Guest commentary: History shows Arizona law will push U.S. immigration reform. Naples News (August 3, 2010).

Eyster, James P. Asylum clinic helps one boy become a U.S. resident. Naples News (December 17, 2009).

Eyster, James P. Climbing Mount Tanglang: A Metaphor for Legal Practice. STL Advocate (June, 2010).

Eyster, James P. In the National Interest. American Immigration Lawyers Association Monthly Mailings (June 1998).

Other Writings

Eyster, James P. Apply to Replace a Permanent Residence (Green) Card: How-To Kit, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2007-2012).

Eyster, James P. Apply for U.S. Citizenship: How-To Kit, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2006-2012).


Eyster, James P. "Current issues in Immigration Law." Barrier Busters, Ypsilanti Library, April 25, 2012.

Eyster, James P. "Varying Standards in Common Law Countries for Credibility in Asylum Claims." Kyushu University Law School, Fukuoka, Japan, April 12, 2012.

Eyster, James P. "Paths to citizenship." 19th Annual Dia de la Mujer Conference, Michigan State University, March 17, 2012.

Eyster, James P. Interview. Craig Fahle Show, WDET-FM, Detroit. January 3, 2012.

Eyster, James P. "Declarations of Asylum Seekers: Why Life Stories Change." Legal Narrative Conference, Denver, Colorado, July 7, 2011.

Eyster, James P. "Teaching for Transfer." National AALS/CLEA Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, June 16, 2011.

Eyster, James P. "The Tragedy of Credibility Determinations in Asylum Cases." Forced Migration Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 13, 2011.

Eyster, James P. New England Clinical Conference, Boston College Law School, November 5, 2010.

Eyster, James P. "Expecting Sameness, Finding Difference," National AALS/CLEA Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, May 7, 2010.

Eyster, James P.  "Is Informed Consent Possible for Vulnerable Clients?" National AALS/CLEA Annual Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, May 6, 2009.

Eyster, James P. "Unaccompanied Immigrant Children." Statewide Immigrant Rights Summit, Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan, March 27,

Eyster, James P. Discussion leader, Immigrant Children Lawyers Network Conference Call. March 19, 2008 and January 22, 2009.

Eyster, James P. "Collaborating with Children: Best Practices in Clinical Education to Encourage Client-centered Representation." Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference, Indiana University Law School, Bloomington, Indiana, November 13, 2008.

Eyster, James P. "Setting Boundaries: Professionalism v. Holistic Representation in Clinical Practice." National AALS/CLEA Annual Conference, Tucson, Arizona, May 2008.

Eyster, James P.  "Boundaries to Citizenship for Families of Active-Duty Military Personnel." 5th Annual Conference in Citizenship Studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, March 28, 2008.

Eyster, James P. "Determining Credibility of Asylum Seekers: Comparing the Practices of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia." AALS Annual National Conference, New York, NY, January 5, 2008.

Eyster, James P. "Legal Rhetoric and Archetypes: From Aristotle to Lakoff."  How Legal Rhetoric Shapes the Law, American University, Washington, D.C., November 2, 2007.

Eyster, James P. "Improving Fact Identification." Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference, Drake Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, October 14, 2007.

Eyster, James P. "Enhancing Visual Recollection:  from Fact Investigation through Advocacy." Applied Legal Narrative Conference, City University, London, England, July 18, 2007.

Eyster, James P. "Teaching Visualization: Challenging Students' Assumptions." National AALS/CLEA Annual Conference, New Orleans, May 2007.

Eyster, James P. "Immigration Court Update." 2006 AILA Michigan Chapter Immigration Law Symposium, University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Detroit, Michigan November 10, 2006.

Eyster, James P. "Collateral Consequences for Aliens in Family Court." Michigan Judicial Institute, Lansing, Michigan, November 1, 2006.

Eyster, James P. "Immigration Law and its Effects on the Latino Community." Doula Care Conference, Center for the Childbearing Year, Ann Arbor, Michigan October 21, 2006.

Eyster, James P. "Teaching Social Justice." Midwest Clinical Legal Education Conference, Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Indiana, October 14, 2006.

Eyster, James P. "Confidentiality and Professional Conflicts of Interest." Family and Immigration Law Training Seminar, Ave Maria School of Law, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 7, 2006.

Guest lecturer on various topics at the Ann Arbor Rotary Club, the Asia Society, Columbia Law School, Eastern Michigan University, The Embassy of the People's Republic of China, the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan, International Neighbors of Ann Arbor, Michigan State University, the Nassau Club, New York University, the Princeton Club of New York, Princeton University, the Scarab Club, the University of Michigan, the University of Michigan Law School, the University of Michigan International Center, and to more than twenty University of Michigan student organizations including Caribbean Students Association, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Hindu Students Association, and Turkish Students Association.


Real-World Experience

Experience: Immigration attorney, Director of the Asylum and Immigrant Rights Clinic

Specialties: Immigration law

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