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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.


​Professor Crystal Grant joined the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic in July 2017. Her research interests are in special education with an emphasis on equal access to accommodations for all children with disabilities. Prior to joining the clinic, Professor Grant worked for Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service Inc. (MPAS), where she advocated for persons with disabilities across the state of Michigan. At MPAS, she represented children and their families in administrative hearings and federal court. She has conducted numerous trainings on special education and related topics, including trauma-informed care in schools and bullying, for organizations such as the National Business Institute, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and Community Mental Health agencies. Her representation of students includes participation in IEP team meetings, Section 504 meetings, and complaints with the Michigan Department of Education. She has received favorable resolutions for clients through the Office of Civil Rights and the Department of Justice.

Professor Grant received her master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. Following law school, she clerked for the Hon. Janelle A. Lawless of the Ingham County Circuit Court, where she conducted legal research on family law, child welfare, and juvenile justice issues. Before joining the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic, Professor Grant served as an adjunct professor with Spring Arbor University.

Kellie Shirey is the administrator and legal assistant of the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic. As the only support staff for the PAC, Kellie 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.

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Pediatric Advocacy Clinic
University of Michigan Law School
701 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-3091
Phone: 734.763-1942
Fax: 734.764-8242
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