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In the News

In addition to teaching clinical and doctrinal courses at the law school, faculty in the program 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.

  • Prof. 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 Prof. 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."


  • Prof. 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.


  • Prof. Vivek Sankaran spoke to Michigan Radio about class biases in the foster care sytem. He also commented on the differences between Michigan and Maryland's child-welfare systems in The Washington Post.


  • WXYZ Action News interviewed Prof. Josh Kay on illegal removals of children from their homes in Detroit.


  • Prof. Vivek Sankaran was awarded a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to study the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Foster Children.


  • Prof. Vivek Sankaran was appointed to the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.
 
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