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Professor Wadhia to appear at two national conferences this month

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Law professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia is participating in panel discussions at two national conferences this month: the American Constitution Society (ACS) for Law and Policy’s 2015 National Convention and the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 2015 Annual Conference on Immigration Law.

On June 12 at the ACS National Convention in Washington, Wadhia will participate in a panel discussion on executive power and President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. The panel will discuss the president’s authority for issuing executive actions on immigration enforcement. Joining Wadhia on the panel are Lucas Guttentag of Yale Law School, David Rivkin of Baker Hostetler LLP, and Peter Shane of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. The discussion will be moderated by the Hon. Vanessa Ruiz of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

On June 18, Wadhia will moderate a panel discussion on prosecutorial discretion in immigration law at the AILA conference, also in Washington. Panelists include Patrick Taurel, legal fellow with the American Immigration Council, and Leon Wildes, John Lennon’s immigration attorney and founder and senior partner of Wildes & Weinberg P.C. in New York.

Wadhia, Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar and director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Penn State Law, is an expert on immigration law and one of the nation’s leading scholars on the role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law. Her scholarship in this area has served as a foundation for scholars, advocates, and government officials seeking to understand or design a strong prosecutorial discretion policy. Her work identifies the historical role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law, the extent to which some acts of discretion operate as a benefit, and the dynamic role and need for transparency, sound procedures, and accountability. Her book, Beyond Deportation: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases, published by New York University Press, is the first on the topic.

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