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Duquette, Donald N.

Clinical Professor Emeritus of Law
Winter 2017

3028 South Hall

Donald N. Duquette, '75, founded the Child Advocacy Law Clinic, the oldest such clinic in the United States, in 1976. His 1990 book, Advocating for the Child in Protection Proceedings, formed the conceptual framework for the first national evaluation of child representation as mandated by the U.S. Congress. His most recent book, Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Proceedings, 2nd ed. (Bradford Legal Publishers, 2010), defines the scope and duties of a new legal specialty in child welfare law and prepares experienced lawyers for a national certifying examination. Professor Duquette initiated and was codirector of a National Association of Counsel for Children project to develop a national certification program in child welfare law, which gained American Bar Association accreditation in February 2004 and is now available as a specialty in more than 35 U.S. jurisdictions. In October 2009, the U.S. Children's Bureau made a $6-million, multi-year grant to Michigan Law to serve as the National Quality Improvement Center for Child Representation in the C​hild Welfare System (QIC-ChildRep) with Professor Duquette as director. The project studies what a child's legal representative does that makes a difference in the child's life. In August 2015, the National Association of Counsel for Children honored Professor Duquette with its Lifetime Achievement Award "for visionary support of NACC and its members and for your lifelong compassion, sacrifice, and commitment to the needs of children and families." Professor Duquette is a graduate of Michigan State University, and was a social worker specializing in child protection and foster care prior to earning his JD at Michigan Law. Before joining the faculty, he served as an assistant professor of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University.

Recent Publications

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Co-author. "Child Representation in America: Progress Report from the National Quality Improvement Center." J. Darwall, co-author. Fam. L. Q. 46, no. 1 (2012).
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Recently Taught Courses


Presented the keynote address, "How Good Lawyering Improves Outcomes for Children and Parents in Child Welfare Cases," at the Oklahoma Children's Court Summit, October 2015. ​

Presented "An Empirical Profile of Children's Lawyers and Implications for Practice" at the NACC Annual Conference, Monterey, California, August 2015.​

​Gave the keynote address at the Raise Your Bar Conference, Emory University, Atlanta, February 2015.