A graduate of Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School, Punjab-born attorney Ruby Kaur hadn’t always planned on the legal profession. “Initially, I wanted to go into neuroscience research,” she says. But when something still felt missing after taking life science classes, Kaur was inspired by her grandfather to change direction. “I shadowed with a local attorney and volunteered at a federal legal aid near campus,” she says. “I was super fascinated seeing health and law together in one field and how it made a difference in people’s lives.” Now, Kaur works on the frontlines of high-profile immigration cases. In 2016 and 2017, she represented two Iraqi nationals facing imminent deportation. Last year, she worked to mobilize civil rights groups and nonprofits in support of Sikh detainees on hunger strike in protest of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detention conditions in El Paso who were being fed against their will. Afterward, nearly 50 members of Congress signed a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding an investigation into ICE’s use of force-feeding. These days, Kaur has been volunteering with the Michigan Indian Community Service collective to address legal needs and complications resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Ruby Kaur has an innate passion to serve the community and she does her best advocating for them.