J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
B.A., Indiana University, with honors
Immigration law expert Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia directs Penn State’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights, an immigration policy clinic where students produce practitioner toolkits, white papers, and primers of national impact on behalf of client organizations. Professor Wadhia researches the role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law; the association between detention, removal and due process; and the intersection between immigration, national security, and race. Prior to joining Penn State Law, Professor Wadhia was deputy director for legal affairs at the National Immigration Forum in Washington, D.C., where she worked on issues surrounding the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, “post 9-11” executive branch policies impacting immigrant communities, and comprehensive immigration reform.
Professor Wadhia has been honored by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Inspector General and Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. She has also been an associate with Maggio Kattar, P.C. in Washington, D.C., where she litigated asylum, deportation, and employment-based immigration benefits matters. She has also taught immigration courses at the American University’s Washington College of Law and Howard University School of Law.
Professor Wadhia serves on the ABA Commission on Immigration, national committees of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and is a member National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers’ Guild.