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Duquette, Donald N.

Clinical Professor Emeritus of Law
Founding Director, Child Advocacy Law Clinic
Winter 2017

927 Legal Research
734.763.5000
E-mail duquette@umich.edu

Donald N. Duquette, '74, 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, 3rd ed. (Bradford Legal Publishers, 2016), has become a standard authority in American child welfare law, and also defines the scope and duties of an American Bar Association-approved legal specialty in child welfare law and prepares experienced lawyers for a national certifying examination. Professor Duquette initiated and was co-director of a National Association of Counsel for Children project to develop the national certification program in child welfare law, which is now available as a specialty in more than 40 U.S. jurisdictions. In October 2009, the U.S. Children's Bureau named Michigan Law the National Quality Improvement Center for Child Representation in the Child Welfare System (QIC-ChildRep) with Professor Duquette as director. The project designed a best practice model of child representation and demonstrated its effectiveness in the first-ever random assignment experimental design research on children's lawyers. The results of this seven-year effort are reported in Children's Justice: How to Improve Legal Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System (ABA Publications, 2016).

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. Professor Duquette retired in 2016.

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Co-author. "Representing Children and Youth." A. M. Haralambie, co-author. In Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases. 3rd ed., by National Association of Counsel for Children; edited by D. N. Duquette, A. M. Haralambie, and V. S. Sankaran, 817-56. Denver: Bradford Publishing Co., 2016.
MLaw Catalog

Co-author. "A Child's Journey Through the Child Welfare System." A. M. Haralambie, co-author. In Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases. 3rd ed., 419-47. Denver: Bradford Publishing Co., 2016.
MLaw Catalog

Co-author. Children's Justice: How to Improve Legal Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System. Orlebeke et al., co-authors. Chicago: ABA Publications, Forthcoming 2016.

Co-editor. Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Proceedings. 3rd ed. A. M. Haralambie and V. S. Sankaran, co-editors. Denver: Bradford Pub. Co., 2016.
MLaw Catalog

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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Presented "Legal Representation of Children in the USA: Report on an Evidence-based Best Practice Model,” Children and the Law Conference, University of Tel Aviv Law School, Tel Aviv, Israel, September 2016.

Presented "Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System," the 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Washington, D.C., September 2016.

Presented "Children's Justice: How to Improve Legal Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System—Final Report of the QIC-ChildRep," opening plenary at the National Association of Counsel for Children Annual Conference, Philadelphia, August 2016.