Anita Maddali teaches immigration law and constitutional law, and directs the NIU College of Law legal clinic.
Professor Maddali’s research explores the ways immigration laws and policies impact family unity for immigrant families. Her article, The Immigrant “Other”: Racialized Identity and the Devaluation of Immigrant Family Relations, examined court decisions terminating the parental rights of undocumented parents following immigration enforcement. Her articles have been published in the Indiana Law Journal, American University Law Review and the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, and have been cited in state and federal court decisions.
Prior to joining NIU, Professor Maddali was an Equal Justice Works fellow and later clinic professor at Northwestern University School of Law’s Children and Family Justice Center. She represented women and unaccompanied minors fleeing persecution from Latin American, African and Middle Eastern countries. She also developed a clinical course focused on the representation of undocumented minors with delinquency issues. Additionally, Professor Maddali litigated education, employment discrimination and immigration cases for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and developed a poverty law clinic while working as a visiting clinical professor at DePaul University College of Law.
Professor Maddali is currently the Vice President for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights Board of Directors.
Professor Maddali is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law. She earned her B.A. with distinction from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
- Left Behind: The Dying Principle of Family Reunification Under Immigration Law, 50 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 1 (Fall 2016).
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- The Immigrant “Other”: Racialized Identity and the Devaluation of Immigrant Family Relations, 89 Ind. L.J. 2 (Spring 2014), cited in U.S. v. Aguilar, 133 F.Supp.3d 486 (E.D. New York 2015).
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- Padilla v. Kentucky: A New Chapter in Supreme Court Jurisprudence on Whether Deportation Constitutes Punishment for Lawful Permanent Residents? , 61 Am. U. L. Rev. 1 (2011), cited in State v. Frensel Gaitan, 209 N.J.339 (New Jersey 2012).
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- Forgetting Its Common Humanity: America’s Immigration Story, 24 Brown Journal of World Affairs 2 (Spring/Summer 2018).
- The RAISE Act Undermines American Values, Youth Circulations Blog, Aug. 21, 2017.
- Indifference to Refugees is Shameful, Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 2, 2015.
- A Primer for Governors: Legal and Humanitarian Repercussions of Shutting Borders to Syrian Refugees, Youth Circulations Blog, Nov. 18, 2015.
- Sophia’s Choice: Problems Faced By Female Asylum Seekers and Their U.S.-Citizen Children, 34 Feminist Stud. 277 (2008).