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Thursday, October 10, 2019
4:30pm - 5:30pm

CWRU Moot Courtroom (A59
11075 East Blvd
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia will deliver remarks tied to her new book BannedBanned examines the tool of discretion, or the choice a government has to protect, detain, or deport immigrants, and describes how the Trump administration has wielded this tool in creating and executing its immigration policy. In her book, Wadhia combines personal interviews, immigration law, policy analysis, and case studies to answer the following questions: (1) what does immigration enforcement and discretion look like in the time of Trump? (2) who is affected by changes to immigration enforcement and discretion?; (3) how have individuals and families affected by immigration enforcement under President Trump changed their own perceptions about the future?; and (4) how do those informed about immigration enforcement and discretion describe the current state of affairs and perceive the future? Wadhia pairs the contents of these interviews with a robust analysis of immigration enforcement and discretion during the first eighteen months of the Trump administration and offers recommendations for moving forward.

Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia is an expert on immigration law whose research focuses on the role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law and the intersections of race, national security, and immigration. She has published more than thirty law review articles, book chapters, and essays on immigration law. Her work has been published in Emory Law Journal Texas Law Review Washington & Lee Law Review, Columbia Journal of Race and Law Notice & Comment, Yale Journal on Regulation Harvard Latino Law Review Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal Georgetown Immigration Law Journal and Howard Law Journal. Her scholarship has been cited in hundreds of works and also by federal court judges, including Judge Richard Posner, Judge Paul J. Watford, and Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw. Her first book, Beyond Deportation: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases, was published by New York University Press, was published as a paperback in 2017 and named an honorable mention for the Eric Hoffer Book Award. Her second book, Banned, examines immigration enforcement during the first eighteen months of the Trump administration and will be published by New York University Press in 2019. Wadhia is also working on the second edition of an immigration case book with Steve Yale-Loehr and Lenni Benson, to be published in 2020 by Carolina Academic Press.

At Penn State Law, Wadhia teaches doctrinal courses in immigration and asylum and refugee law. She is also the founder and director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (CIRC), an in-house clinic focused on three main areas: community outreach and education pro bono support in immigration cases and policy work for institutional clients across the country. Recently, students at CIRC worked on asylum cases for detained families, completed a report on the experiences of law students and lawyers with DACA, trained police officers in the State College Area Police Department on immigration, and completed a U application for a victim of crime. The CIRC celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2018 and enjoys a national reputation. Wadhia has appeared on national television and radio stations, including MSNBC and C-SPAN and has been quoted or featured by international, national, and local publications, including New York Times, New York Times Magazine, The Hill, National Law Journal, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Roll Call, The Atlantic and Associated Press, among others.

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