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Anita MaddaliAnita Maddali
Director of Clinics and Associate Professor of Law

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law
Phone:  (815) 753-0207

Professor Maddali Organizes Conference on Immigration Law

Professor Anita Maddali was a member of the planning committee and attendee at the fourth biennial Emerging Immigration Law Scholars conference, which was held at Texas A&M University School of Law on May 18th and 19th, 2017. The conference included "panel discussions on teaching immigration law (doctrinal and clinical), scholarship and recent development in immigration law and policy," according to the Texas A&M website. The theme for the conference was "New Realities." Law school instructors are considered "emerging" scholars if they have fewer than eight years of teaching experience.

Professor Maddali to Speak on Panel Regarding Presidential Election

Professor Anita Maddali will take part in a panel discussion sponsored by DePaul University at 55 E. Jackson St. in Chicago on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at noon. The panel will discuss the potential legal ramifications if either major party candidate wins the 2016 election. Panelists will include Theresa Mah, the first Asian American to be elected to the Illinois House of Representatives; Sufyan Sohel, counsel and deputy director for the Council on American Islamic Relations in Chicago and Fred Tsao, senior policy counsel at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). Lunch will be served and the event is free of charge. For more information, visit the listing for the panel on Eventful.

Professor Maddali Presents on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Professor Anita Maddali presented a training regarding special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) on Wednesday, June 22 at the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton, IL. She was joined by Professor Uzoamaka Nzelibe from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law's Children and Family Justice Center; Hilda Bahena from Catholic Charities; and Hillary Richardson of the National Immigrant Justice Center. The training included a panel presentation by Cook, DuPage, and Kane county lawyers who have handled cases and obtained SIJS predicate orders. The panelists focused on the role of the family law attorney in the SIJS process and took questions on the subject. The goals of the training were to provide an overview of the SIJS process and the population eligible for SIJS; explain how state courts play a role in the SIJS process and the role of the family law attorney; and develop a referral network of pro bono and low bono attorneys in DuPage County.

Professor Maddali to Present at Immigration Law Seminar Moderated by NIU Law Alumnus

Professor Anita Maddali will be a featured speaker at the Kane County Bar Association's (KCBA) 2016 immigration seminar on Wednesday, May 4th from 1:00 to 4:15 p.m. at the Eagle Brook County Club in Geneva, IL. The event will be moderated by NIU Law alumnus Omar Salguero ('12) and will include four speakers talking about numerous aspects of immigration in the law. Professor Maddali's presentation will be called "Family Reunification Under the Immigration System and the Inability of Many Families to Reunify Lawfully." Registration for the event is available through the KCBA website and 3 CLE credit hours are available for attending.

Professor Maddali Participates in Panel Discussion on Race in the Legal Profession

Professor Anita Maddali spoke on a February 2016 panel at Northwestern University School of Law entitled "Lawyering and Race in the 21st Century, Immigration, Identity and the Courts." Also speaking on the panel were Purdue University Assistant Professor of Sociology Michael Light, Detention and Project Director of the National Immigrant Justice Center Claudia Valenzuela and United African Organization Citizenship and Immigration Coordinator Sondra Furcajg.

Professor Anita Maddali Presents to KCBA

On Monday, February 8, 2016, Professor Anita Maddali delivered a presentation on the immigration consequences of criminal activity for the Immigration Committee of the Kane County Bar Association. Professor Maddali provided an analysis of a recent Illinois case law dealing with ineffective assistance of counsel claims for failure to advise clients on the immigration consequences of a guilty plea.

NIU Law Professors Weigh in on Syrian Refugee Crisis

Professor Maddali's Article Cited in U.S. District Court Case

Professor Anita Maddali's recent article, "The Immigrant 'Other': Racialized Identity and the Devaluation of Immigrant Family Relations," was recently cited in an opinion written by Judge Jack B. Weinsten of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Professor Maddali Speaks on Rights of Immigrants

Professor Anita Maddali spoke at the Mid-Atlantic People of Color Conference on January 30, 2015 at the West Virginia University College of Law. Professor Maddali's presentation focused on the historical and current treatment of immigrant families of color.

NIU Law Clinical Faculty Present at the Midwest Clinic Teachers’ Conference

On September 13, 2014, the NIU Law Clinical Faculty (Professors Anita Maddali, Paul Cain, Wendy Vaughn, Alan Boudreau and Colleen Boraca) presented at the Midwest Clinic Teachers’ Conference at Michigan State University College of Law. The presentation, Community Lawyering: Looking Beyond your Backyard to Make a Difference, examined the role of community partnerships in developing and expanding clinical opportunities for law students. Faculty members shared how NIU’s legal clinics are working with various community partners to make a difference in multiple communities throughout northern Illinois.

Professor Maddali to Speak on Immigration Reform at National Conference

Professor Anita Maddali will be speaking on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the national Lat Crit Conference.  The title of the panel's presentation is "Challenging the Narrative in the Era of Immigration Reform." 

Professor Anita Maddali Featured in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Professor Anita Maddali was featured in the June 28, 2013 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as part of an article by Jenn Ballard entitled "A way to get 'everyone talking.'"  Professor Maddali was profiled for her part in NIU Law's partnership with Resolution Systems Institute to create a mediation program.

Maddali to Participate in Panel at Legal Anthropology Conference

Professor Anita Maddali will speak at "Anthropologies of Conflict in a New Millennium," the spring meeting of the American Ethnological Society & Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, on April 13, 2013 in Chicago.  She will be part of a panel discussion entitled "Conflict through Care: Clashes between Global Youth, Families and the Law."  

Professor Maddali Speaks at National Conference

Professor Anita Maddali was a speaker at the 16th Annual National Latina/o Law Student Association Conference, hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law from October 4-6, 2012.  Professor Maddali was featured on a panel discussion entitled "Advocacy: Immigration Law and the Constitutional Rights of Immigrants after Padilla and Arizona." The panel was moderated by Hiroshi Motomura, Professor of Law, UCLA, and also included Linus Chan, Clinical Instructor, DePaul University College of Law; César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Assistant Professor of Law, Capital University Law School; and Nicholás Espíritu, Staff Attorney, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Professor Anita Maddali Leads Discussion on Legal Clinic Design

Professor Maddali led a small group session at the AALS Clinical Conference in Los Angeles this May. The title of the session was "Enhancing Support and Balance for Clinicians Through Program Design." Professor Maddali co-presented with Annette Appell, Professor of Law at Washington University Law School and David Thronson, Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law.

Professor Anita Maddali Cited in New Jersey Supreme Court Decision

Professor Anita Maddali's piece "Padilla v. Kentucky: A New Chapter in Supreme Court Jurisprudence on Whether Deportation Constitutes Punishment for Lawful Permanent Residents?" from the American University Law Review was cited in State v. Gaitan and Goulbourne. The case was decided February 28, 2012 by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

The case involved two lawful permanent residents who pled guilty to drug offenses and as a result faced removal from the United States. Seeking post-conviction relief, they argued ineffective assistance of counsel because they were not informed of the immigration consequences of pleading guilty to the above-mentioned offenses.

The questions that the New Jersey Supreme Court considered were 1) whether Padilla v. Kentucky is entitled to retroactive application on collateral review and 2) whether the defense attorneys were ineffective under State v. Nunez-Valdez (also a New Jersey case). The New Jersey Supreme Court held that Padilla was not entitled to retroactive application -- because it announced a new constitutional rule -- and that defendants were not entitled to relief under their claim for ineffective assistance of counsel under state law because "neither defendant was affirmatively misadvised by counsel or established prejudice."

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