Anita MaddaliAnita Maddali
Director of Clinics & Associate Professor of Law

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law



Phone:  (815) 753-0207
Room:  197A


Anita Maddali joined the NIU College of Law in 2011 as an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinics.  Professor Maddali’s primary research and teaching interests are in immigration law, clinical legal education, and child law.  Professor Maddali is currently launching a new Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic at NIU.

Prior to coming to NIU, Professor Maddali was a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor at DePaul University College of Law where she developed a new poverty law clinic. As part of this clinic, students, under her supervision, represented clients living in public housing who were involved in eviction proceedings.

Previously, Professor Maddali litigated education, employment, and immigration cases in federal and state court for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Following law school, Professor Maddali was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship, which she carried out at the Children and Family Justice Center of Northwestern University School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic. As a fellow, she represented women and children who were survivors of torture and who were seeking protection under U.S. immigration laws. After her two-year fellowship, she became a clinical professor at Northwestern, teaching a clinical course in asylum law. She represented unaccompanied immigrant minors seeking asylum and other forms of immigration relief. Professor Maddali also developed a clinical course focused on the representation of immigrant children with delinquency issues, combining immigration and criminal law practice. She regularly delivered presentations on the immigration consequences of criminal activity to public defenders and other groups.

In 2010, Professor 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 alums for their commitment to public interest law.

Professor Maddali currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and regularly volunteers with the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights at the University of Chicago Law School to make best interest determinations regarding unaccompanied immigrant minors detained in the Chicago area. 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.

Professor Maddali is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law.  She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with distinction.

Faculty News for Professor Maddali

Recent Activities

  • Panelist, "Conflict through Care: Clashes between Global Youth, Families and the Law," American Ethnological Society & Association for Political and Legal Anthropology Spring Meeting, Chicago, Illinois,  April 13, 2013
  • Panelist, National Latina/o Law Student Association, "Advocacy: Immigration Law and the Constitutional Rights of Immigrants after Padilla and Arizona," 16th Annual National Latina/o Law Student Association Conference, UCLA School of Law, October 6, 2012.  
  • Panelist, National Latina/o Law Student Association, "2012 Central Region Encuentro Focus on Immigration," Chicago-Kent College of Law, March 3, 2012.
  • Cited, "Padilla v. Kentucky: A New Chapter in Supreme Court Jurisprudence on Whether Deportation Constitutes Punishment for Lawful Permanent Residents?", State v. Frensel Gaitan & State v. Rohan Goulbourne, New Jersey Supreme Court, Argued November 9, 2011 -- Decided February 28, 2012.
  • Panelist, Society of American Law Teachers, The John Marshall Law School and Northern Illinois University College of Law's "Breaking In: How to Become a Law Professor or Law School Administrator" Program, September 16, 2011.


  • "The Immigrant “Other”: Racialized Identity and the Devaluation of Immigrant Family Relations," 89 Ind. L.J. __ (forthcoming).
  • 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).
  • “Sophia’s Choice: Problems Faced By Female Asylum Seekers and Their U.S.-Citizen Children, Journal of Feminist Studies (Oct. 2008).

Areas of Expertise

Immigration Law, Clinical Legal Education, and Child Advocacy