Gender & Sexuality Resource Center will present a Research Roundtable on Friday, April 28, in the Glass Gallery of the Holmes Student Center from noon to 1 p.m. Anita Maddali, director of Clinics and associate professor of Law will share her research on immigration law.
Professor Maddali writes and speaks about the unique issues faced by immigrant parents and children when immigration and family law intersect. She also regularly speaks about the importance of experiential learning and ways to create programs that have a lasting impact on law students and the community.
In 2010, Maddali was the recipient of the Northwestern University School of Law’s “Young Alumni Award,” given annually by the Student Funded Public Interest Fellowship (“SFPIF”) group to alumni for their commitment to public interest law. In 2014, she was honored by Northern Illinois University College of Law for the creation of a legal clinic focused on merging the medical and legal needs of homeless and low-income residents of Aurora.
Following law school, Maddali was an Equal Justice Works fellow and later clinical 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, Maddali litigated education, employment, and immigration cases in federal and state court for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She also developed a poverty law clinic while working as a visiting clinical assistant professor at DePaul University’s College of Law.
Maddali is on the board of directors for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School. Previously, she served on the young professionals’ board of the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic, as well as the fundraising committee for Equip for Equality.
The Research Roundtable is an opportunity to hear about research from professionals, professors and doctoral students across campus through a gender equity and social justice lens. The goal is to have students engage and network with staff, faculty and professionals about their research findings that can enhance a student’s personal and professional development. Admission is free, and all are welcome. For more information contact GSRC@niu.edu or call 815-753-4772.