Committee for Public Counsel Services
Eileen Morrison is a public defender in Lowell, Massachusetts and an adjunct professor of Immigration Law to undergraduates at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Previously, she was an Associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston. Eileen's passion is the intersection of criminal and immigration law, particularly litigating on behalf of Cambodian Americans who arrive as refugees and face deportation because of criminal convictions. Eileen has represented three Cambodian Americans in criminal post-conviction proceedings in efforts to remedy their immigration challenges and has consulted on numerous other cases involving Cambodian Americans facing deportation. She studied abroad in Cambodia in 2006 and has returned to Cambodia twice since. Before law school, she worked at the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) in Washington, DC, which advocates for Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese American communities. She is conversant and literate in Khmer (Cambodian) and is on the board of directors of the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell.
Eileen lives in Lowell with her husband, Mark Capansky, a Major in the Marine Corps Reserves, and their two sons. She enjoys doing pretty much anything outdoors with her family.
Eileen graduated from Boston University School of Law in 2015 and completed her undergraduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University in 2008. She is also a member of the Military Spouse JD Network, an organization that connects and advocates for military spouse attorneys.