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Constitution lecture slated

By Staff | Sep 10, 2010

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia presents a lecture titled “Immigration Law and Policy After 9/11 and Prospects for Reform” at 7 p.m. Thursday 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 Senator 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.

Held each year at Shepherd University in conjunction with Constitution Day, the Tom E. Moses Memorial Lecture on the U.S. Constitution is named for the late Tom E. Moses. Moses was a committed defender of the Bill of Rights who founded the Eastern Panhandle branch of the American Civil Liberties Union and served on the board of the ACLU-WV.

The Moses Memorial Lecture brings distinguished speakers to Shepherd University each September to discuss major issues related to the U.S. Constitution and civil liberties. The lecture series was established by his three daughters, Lynn Moses Yellott, Merle Crawford, and Jeri Moses-Eichler.

The Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at 213 N. King St., Shepherdstown, is a private, nonpartisan and nonprofit educational organization administered by the Congressional Education Foundation with facilities on the campus of Shepherd University. The mission of the Center is to help foster better public understanding of the U. S. Congress, the Constitution and representative democracy both historically and in a contemporary setting.

For more information contact David Hostetter at 304-876-5701 or dhostett@shepherd.edu.