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In addition to teaching clinical and doctrinal courses at the Law School, faculty in the Program on Children and the Law are actively involved in practical child-welfare work—including representing clients in trial and appellate proceedings, drafting reports for foundations and governmental agencies, presenting at state and national conferences, and writing articles and editorial pieces. Below is a sampling of recent news.

  • Frank Vandervort, May 28, 2015, wrote an Op-Ed in the Lansing State Journal on "Reform Juvenile Restitution Laws".
  • In April 2014, Professor Vivek Sankaran presented at the Colorado Office of the Children's Representative Annual Conference on engaging families to achieve better outcomes in child welfare cases.
  • Professor Don Duquette discusses the founding of the Child Advocacy Law Clinic with the ABA's Children's Rights Litigation section's Launching and Building a Children's Legal Services Practice series.
  • Professor Frank Vandervort was elected President Elect of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).  He will serve as President for two years beginning in June 2014.
  • The Detroit Center for Family Advocacy is profiled by Michigan Radio and the Legal News.
  • Don Duquette was profiled in the Legal News.
  • Professors Vivek Sankaran and Frank Vandervort present at the 15th Annual ABA Conference on Children and the Law.
  • Professor Kim Thomas received the Justice for All Award from the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) for her work on behalf of juvenile justice.
  • Professor Josh Kay was profiled in the Legal News.

News Archive

  • The first-ever Legislation Clinic at Michigan Law School, directed by Don Duquette and focused on child welfare issues needing legislative reform was a great success.  Several bills were introduced with a good chance of eventual passage.
  • The first-ever random assignment experimental design study of lawyers representing children, being conducted in Georgia and Washington State as part of the National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System, continues to go well. Data will be collected through June of 2015. A first report on the data is expected in Fall 2015.
  • May 1, 2014, Professor Don Duquette presented at the 2014 National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in New Orleans, "Six Core Skills: A Best Practice Training Model for Lawyers Representing Children."
  • April 29, 2014, Professor Don Duquette presented at the National Court Improvement Project meetings in New Orleans, "Toward a Non-Adversarial Collaborative Culture in Child Welfare Proceedings."
  • In April 2014, Professor Vivek Sankaran presented at the Colorado Office of the Children's Representative Annual Conference on engaging families to achieve better outcomes in child welfare cases.
  • On February 21, 2004, Professor Joshua Kay presented two sessions for child welfare attorneys who represent parents at a conference sponsored by the Michigan State Court Administrative Office, Child Welfare Services Division.
  • On February 7, 2014, Prof. Joshua Kay presented "The Problems and Possibilities of Psychological Evaluations in Child Protection" at a training for attorneys representing parents in child welfare proceedings in Genesee County, Michigan.
  • January 39, 2014, Prof. Joshua Kay presented "Understanding and Using Psychological Assessments for Better Case Planning and Best Interest Determinations" at a training for child welfare attorneys in Lansing, Michigan. The training was sponsored by the Michigan State Court Administrative Office.
  • On January 14, 2014, Prof. Joshua Kay presented "Effective Courtroom Presentation for Mental Health Professionals" at a training for Genesee County Health Services mental health personnel.
  • July 15-18, 2013, Prof. Joshua Kay was a faculty member for Trial Advocacy Training for the Child Welfare Attorney at Rutgers University-Camden School of Law. The program was sponsored by the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender.
  • Professor Don Duquette discusses the founding of the Child Advocacy Law Clinic with the ABA's Children's Rights Litigation section's Launching and Building a Children's Legal Services Practice series.
  • 27 law students from 19 different American law schools participated in the 18th Bergstrom Summer Fellowship Training in Ann Arbor, May 20-22. Each of these law students have demonstrated a strong interest in child welfare law as a career path and will work this summer in child welfare law offices across the U.S.
  • Peter Samuelson, movie producer and intrepid advocate for foster children, gave a resounding keynote address that informed and inspired all in attendance.
  • Professor Don Duquette was the keynote speaker and moderator at Oregon's statewide conference, "Best Practices in Juvenile Dependency," held Oct. 15-16, 2012, in Eugene.
  • On Oct. 11, 2012, the Michigan Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect presented Professor Don Duquette with the Erney Moore Award for "unselfish rendering of outstanding and unique service to and on behalf of children and families in Michigan." The award signifies "help and assistance which has been given generously, ungrudgingly, and in the spirit of self-sacrifice."
  • Professor Don Duquette gave a comprehensive progress report on the National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Counsel for Children on Aug. 16, 2012, in Chicago.
  • Professor Vivek Sankaran spoke to Michigan Radio about class biases in the foster care system. He also commented on the differences between Michigan and Maryland's child-welfare systems in The Washington Post.
  • WXYZ Action News interviewed Professor Josh Kay on illegal removals of children from their homes in Detroit.
  • Professor Vivek Sankaran was awarded a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to study the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Foster Children.
  • Professor Vivek Sankaran was appointed to the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.
 
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