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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. 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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"The Intersection of Family Law and Education Law." Res Ipsa Loquitur 44, no. 4 (2014): 4.

"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.


Presented Special Education Law training to University of Michigan Medical School Department of Child Behavioral Health, Ann Arbor, MI, August 2014.

Co-presenter, "Arguing on the Side of Culture," National Organization of Forensic Social Workers conference, New York, NY, July 2014.

Guest speaker on Special Education Law at University of Michigan School of Education, Ann Arbor, MI, June 2014.

Co-presenter, "Finding Opportunities in Your Own Backyard," American Association of Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Chicago, IL, April 2014.

Presented "Social Determinants of Health and Medical Legal Partnerships" to the Health Equity Scholars Program, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, January 2014.

Presented "The Intersection of Family Law and Education Law," Michigan Poverty Law Program Roadshow, Lansing, MI, November 2013.

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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