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Chopp, Debra

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Pediatric Advocacy Initiative

3114 South Hall

Prof. Debra Chopp directs the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic. Her research, teaching, and legal practice focus primarily on education law and family law/domestic violence. Immediately prior to joining the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic, Prof. 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 and has lobbied Congress for improved highway safety laws as a legislative assistant at Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety in Washington, D.C. 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.

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"School Districts and Families Under the IDEA: Collaborative in Theory, Adversarial in Fact." J. Nat'l Ass'n Admin. L. Judiciary 32 (2012): 423-60.


Panelist on the topic of "The Role of Evaluations in Special Education," University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor, June 2013.

Co-presented "Facing and Embracing Risk in Litigation, Multidisciplinary, and Transactional Clinics," AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 2013.

Guest lectured on "Topics in Special Education Law," University of Michigan School of Education, Ann Arbor, April 2013.

Co-sponsored the daylong conference, Michigan Education Summit 2012, with the Student Advocacy Center, Ann Arbor, May 2012.

Co-presented "Translating Client Narrative in an Interdisciplinary Practice," 2011 Midwest Clinical Law Teachers Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, November 2011.

Presented "Client-Centered (and Effective) Interviewing," Basic Lawyer Skills Training, Michigan Poverty Law Program, Ann Arbor, November 2011.

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