Abel Rodríguez, JD ('01)
Assistant Professor of Religion, Law, and Social Justice
Faculty Director, Center on Immigration
Abel Rodríguez ('01) teaches courses in the Department of Religious Studies and Cabrini’s Justice Matters core curriculum. His scholarship and teaching focus on immigrant justice. He is an active immigration advocate, providing pro bono representation to low-income clients in immigration court and engaging with organizations dedicated to Latina/o community empowerment.
Prior to Cabrini, Rodríguez held a split position as the Immigration Specialist at the Defender Association of Philadelphia and Staff Attorney at Nationalities Service Center, in which he advised noncitizen clients of the immigration consequences of their criminal convictions and represented the formerly convicted in deportation proceedings.
He also worked as the Langer, Grogan and Diver Fellow in Social Justice at Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, where he represented individuals with disabilities and older adults in their immigration matters.
He has taught the immigration clinic at Temple University Beasley School of Law, political science at La Salle University, and Spanish language at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rodríguez earned a juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Master of Theological Studies at Harvard University, Master of Arts in Latin American Studies at Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at Cabrini College.