Faculty and Staff
Prof. Debra Chopp (right) and a student discuss the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic.
Professor Debra Chopp has been teaching in the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic since 2007. Her legal practice focuses primarily on special education law and family law. Prior to joining the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic, Prof. Chopp was a staff attorney with the Pediatric Advocacy Initiative at Michigan Law. Prof. Chopp 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 from the University of Michigan and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Kimara Thompson is the administrator and legal assistant of the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic. Prior to joining the PAC, Kimara worked for the University of Michigan Law School Child Advocacy Law Clinic. As the only support staff for the PAC, Kimara fills multiple roles, including orienting and supporting the law students and social work interns, supporting the faculty and staff attorney, conducting potential client intakes, communicating with medical provider partners on specific case referrals, and maintaining and monitoring the PAC case database. Kimara's prior experience with courts and attorneys included preparation of legal documents, working with court calendars, overseeing court filings, interacting with clients, and managing law office administration.
Cheryl S. Bratt is a teaching fellow in the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic. Before joining the clinic, she was a senior associate at the law firm WilmerHale LLP in Boston, Massachusetts, specializing in securities litigation and representing a variety of pro bono clients in family and education law matters. Most recently, she worked as an adjunct clinical faculty member at the Law School, teaching persuasive writing and advocacy. She clerked for the Honorable Mary A. McLaughlin on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and for the Honorable Norman H. Stahl on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan with a BA in English and Women's Studies, and from the University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, where she served as a Book Review Editor for the Michigan Law Review. Before law school, she taught eighth grade language arts in New Orleans, Louisiana through Teach for America and later worked for the organization as a regional director.
Pediatric Advocacy Clinic
University of Michigan Law School
701 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-3091