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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar and director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Penn State Law, will deliver the keynote address at the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center’s (PIRC) Light of Liberty Award Reception on March 18 in York, Pa.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – More than 100 immigration law scholars and professors have signed on to a letter released today that calls a federal judge’s decision to temporarily halt President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration “deeply flawed.”
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Law professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia will deliver the keynote address at the 19th Annual Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity at the University of North Carolina School of Law on Feb. 28 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Law professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia will deliver a talk on the use of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law on Jan. 30 at the American University Law Review’s symposium taking place at the Washington, D.C., office of law firm Mayer Brown.
Richard Setgast, Alaina Dickens, and Casey McClain
Third-year Penn State Law student Alaina Dickens, argued her first jury trial this week, defending her client, charged with driving under the influence and simple assault, in the Centre County, Pa., Courthouse. The unique opportunity is part of her experience as a member of Penn State Law’s Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum. Preparation for the case began in September, when the defendant first came to the Public Defender’s Office, and Dickens worked on his case from the initial interview.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights held a community outreach event on Dec. 11 summarizing President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and created the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program.  The event was co-sponsored by the Law Office of Sharon Barney.
Penn State Law Immigration Clinic to begin detainee education at correctional facility
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Penn State Law professor, along with students from the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic will begin a series of educational group rights presentations at the Clinton County Correctional Facility in McElhattan, Pa., for non-citizens who are currently in immigration custody.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- After months of closed-door meetings with business leaders, policy experts, and interest groups, President Obama has announced executive actions aimed at protecting qualifying individuals from deportation through a longstanding tool called prosecutorial discretion.
On June 12, 2014, agents from Homeland Security Investigation (HSI*) and other law enforcement agencies conducted an immigration raid of several Asian restaurants in State College, Pa. Subsequently, more than a dozen people were apprehended and detained. 
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Law’s Civil Rights Appellate Clinic recently filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the matter of Mach Mining, LLC v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, No. 13-1019. 
Penn State Law adjunct professor honored by Centre County judges
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Casey McClain, adjunct professor at Penn State Law, was presented with the inaugural John R. Miller, Jr. Civility Award last week. The honor, to be presented annually, is awarded by the judges of the Centre County Court of Common Pleas.
Penn State Law students met with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Students in Penn State Law’s Civil Rights Appellate Clinic visited the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 8 to meet with Justice Elena Kagan and listen to oral arguments in two cases.
Penn State Law student Jill Menning reviews case files
Public Defender’s Office, Centre County Courthouse, Bellefonte, Pa. – Wednesday, Oct. 1, 9:00 a.m.
Professor Michael Foreman, director of Penn State Law's Civil Rights Appellate Clinic and clinical professor, testified yesterday before the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, at a hearing on three bills addressing employment discrimination:
Michael Foreman, clinical professor of law and director of the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic at Penn State Law, has been invited to testify before the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, at a hearing on three bills addressing employment discrimination.  The hearing is scheduled for Sept. 17 at 10 a.m.
Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A letter on the use of prosecutorial discretion in the enforcement of immigration law signed by 136 immigration law experts and co-written by a Penn State Law professor was delivered to the White House today. U.S. law professors from 32 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico signed on to the letter, co-authored by ShobaSivaprasad Wadhia, Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar and director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Penn State Law.
Director of the Penn State Family Law Clinic Jill Engle is traveling to Ireland to speak at a symposium that is part of the events taking place alongside the Penn State vs. Central Florida football game in Dublin’s Croke Park.
With immigration reform prominent in news and politics, Penn State Law Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar and clinical law professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia will discuss executive power in immigration law as part of a panel at the ninth annual Homeland Security Law Institute on August 22 in Washington, D.C. Her talk will focus on separation of powers concerns and procedural obligations under administrative law.
Professor Shoba Wadhia and students
The Center for Immigrants’ Rights at Penn State Law and Boston University School of Law’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic  announce the publication of the "Refugee and Asylee Adjustment Toolkit.”
Professor Shoba Wadhia and students
During “withholding only” proceedings an immigration judge can preserve the freedom of immigrants who fear torture and persecution in their home countries, but finding an attorney to make that case
Professor Shoba Wadhia with students Lauren Hartley and James GIlbert
The American Immigration Council, ABA Commission on Immigration and Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights released a practice advisory today for attorneys representing non-citizens in immigration proceedings.
Two Supreme Court decisions within the last five years have made proving age discrimination claims and for proving unlawful retaliation when an employee is punished for opposing an unlawful employment practice more difficult for employees, and Professor Michael Foreman is working to educate Capitol Hill staff on how a proposed change in federal law could help older workers and those who challenge unlawful discrimination. A three-person panel will discuss the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (S.
Penn State Law clinic students partnered with Maggio + Kattar to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request to Department of State (DOS) seeking information about and statistics relating to Administrative Processing. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document was prepared to provide helpful information to those individuals undergoing administrative process and to their family members or employers.
Matt Tamul and Professor Wadhia
A new blog by clinic students at Penn State Law is designed to help practitioners stay up-to-date on the latest Third Circuit immigration decisions. A collaboration between the Penn State Center for Immigrants’ Rights and the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC), the blog covers precedential and select non-precedential Third Circuit decisions.
Civil Rights Appellate Clinic files brief with 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Jordan Feist
Is it legal to fire an employee for helping a co-worker report harassment? Some courts have said yes, but Penn State Law’s Civil Rights Appellate Clinic is taking a stand. The Clinic representing the National Employment Lawyers Association filed an amicus curie brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.