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Constitution Day lecture set

By Staff | Sep 4, 2010

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia presents a lecture titled “Immigration Law and Policy After 9/11 and Prospects for Reform” at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies.

Wadhia’s talk, the sixth annual Tom E. Moses Memorial Lecture on the U.S. Constitution, is part of the observance of Constitution Day 2010 at Shepherd University. A discussion and reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Directions to the Byrd Center can be found at www.byrdcenter.org.

Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia is the director of Center for Immigrants’ Rights at the Penn State Law School where she is clinical professor of law. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Professor Wadhia worked for several years as deputy director for legal affairs at the National Immigration Forum, an immigration advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. She also taught immigration law and asylum and refugee law at Howard University School of Law and the American University Washington College of Law.

She litigated deportation matters as an attorney with Maggio Kattar, P.C. in Washington, D.C. Wadhia is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers’ Guild and holds bar licenses in Maryland and New Jersey.

Constitution Day was established in 2005 through the leadership of Sen. Robert C. Byrd. It is celebrated on or near Sept. 17 each year because it was on that date in 1787 that delegates meeting in Philadelphia in the Federal Convention approved the U.S. Constitution. Events are planned at educational institutions and government facilities across the country.