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Chopp, Debra

Associate Dean for Experiential Education
Clinical Professor of Law
Pediatric Advocacy Clinic

3028 Jeffries Hall

Professor Debra Chopp directs the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic. Her research, teaching, and legal practice focus primarily on education law, family law/domestic violence, and cross-cultural communication. Professor Chopp has presented on these and other topics at local, state, and national conferences. She also provides regular trainings to medical providers on patient advocacy, special education, and social determinants of health. As the director of the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic, Professor Chopp works with medical providers and law students to provide free legal services that address the social determinants of health of families and improve child health. She is the Law School faculty representative to the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit at the University of Michigan.

Immediately prior to joining the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic, Professor Chopp was a staff attorney with the Pediatric Advocacy Initiative at the Law School. She has represented survivors of domestic violence as an attorney for Sanctuary for Families: Center for Battered Women's Legal Services in New York. She earned her BA in political science with high honors from the University of Michigan and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Recent Publications

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"Ineffective Homeschooling in a Child with a Learning Disability." Megan Quist, Camille M. Wilson, and Jenny Radesky, co-authors. J. Dev. Behav. Pediatrics 40, no. 2 (2019): 152-3.
Full Text: WWW

"Addressing Cultural Bias in the Legal Profession." NYU Rev. L. & Soc. Change 41, no. 3 (2017): 367-406.
Full Text: MLaw Repository | HEIN (UMich users) | HEIN | Lexis | Westlaw


Presented "Family Law and Social Determinants of Health" at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor, May 2016. ​

Co-facilitated Interdisciplinary Working Group, AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Baltimore, Maryland, May 2016. ​

Co-presented "Evaluating the Referral System of the Medical-Legal Partnership Between the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic and Health Partners" at a poster session, National Center on Medical-Legal Partnerships Annual Summit, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 2016.

Presented "Special Education Law and School Discipline" to the Department of Child Behavioral Health, Ann Arbor, March 2016. ​

Presented "Social Determinants of Health and Medical-Legal Partnerships" for Health Equity Scholars Program, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, January 2016. ​

Presented "Legal Rights of Children with Disabilities" at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor, December 2015. ​

Presented "Special Education Law: What Parents Should Know" for the Ann Arbor Parent Advisory Committee for Special Education, Ann Arbor, December 2015. ​

Co-presented "Putting Culture on Trial" at the Child Abuse and Neglect Conference, Plymouth, Michigan, November 2015. ​

Co-presented "Integrating Legal Advocacy into Health Care Settings" to the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit, Ann Arbor, October 2015. ​

Co-presented "Case Studies in Special Education Law" to the Department of Pediatric Rehabilitative Medicine, Ann Arbor, July 2015.​

Presented "Special Education Law" for the Michigan Poverty Law Program summer training series, Ann Arbor, July 2015.​

Presented "Cross-Cultural Lawyering and Family Law" to the Committee on Regional Training (CORT) Family Law Conference, Ann Arbor, June 2015.​

Presented "Practicing Law with an Awareness of Culture" at the Family Court Forum, Ann Arbor, June 2015.​

Co-facilitated education law working group at the Association of American Law Schools Clinical Teachers Conference, Palm Springs, California, May 2015.​