Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia

Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar and Founding Director, Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, Pennsylvania State University

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. One of the nation’s leading scholars on the role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law, Wadhia’s 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 has been published by 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; Texas Law Review; and Howard Law Journal, among others. Her book, Beyond Deportation: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases, was published by New York University Press in 2015. At Penn State Law, Wadhia teaches doctrinal courses in immigration and asylum and refugee law. She is also the founder/director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, where students produce practitioner toolkits, white papers, and primers of national impact on behalf of client organizations.  Clients have included the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights First, Kids in Need of Defense, the National Guestworker Alliance, National Immigrant Justice Center, among others. At the Clinic, students also provide community outreach and education on immigration topics and legal support in individual cases of immigrants challenging deportation (removal).

Experience

  • –present
    Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar and Founding Director, Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic, Pennsylvania State University

Education

  • 1999 
    Georgetown University Law Center, Law