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Chopp, Debra

Associate Dean for Experiential Education
Clinical Professor of Law
Pediatric Advocacy Clinic

3028 Jeffries Hall

Professor Debra Chopp directs the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic. Her research, teaching, and legal practice focus primarily on education law, family law/domestic violence, and cross-cultural communication. Professor Chopp has presented on these and other topics at local, state, and national conferences. She also provides regular trainings to medical providers on patient advocacy, special education, and social determinants of health. As the director of the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic, Professor Chopp works with medical providers and law students to provide free legal services that address the social determinants of health of families and improve child health. She is the Law School faculty representative to the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center at the University of Michigan.

Immediately prior to joining the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic, Professor Chopp was a staff attorney with the Pediatric Advocacy Initiative at the Law School. She has represented survivors of domestic violence as an attorney for Sanctuary for Families: Center for Battered Women's Legal Services in New York. She earned her BA in political science with high honors from the University of Michigan and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Recent Publications

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"Ineffective Homeschooling in a Child with a Learning Disability." Megan Quist, Camille M. Wilson, and Jenny Radesky, co-authors. J. Dev. Behav. Pediatrics 40, no. 2 (2019): 152-3.
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"Addressing Cultural Bias in the Legal Profession." NYU Rev. L. & Soc. Change 41, no. 3 (2017): 367-406.
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Guest speaker, "Rights of Children with Disabilities when Facing School Discipline," University of Michigan School of Education, March 2019.

Presented "Integrating Legal Advocacy into the Healthcare Setting," Michigan Medicine Department of Pediatrics, October 2018.

Presented "Experiential Health Law Opportunities through the Medical-Legal Partnership Model," Health Law Professors Conference, American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, Cleveland, Ohio, June 2018.

Facilitated the Medical-Legal Partnership Working Group, Association of American Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Chicago, May 2018.

Testified before the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee on Amending the Michigan Do-Not-Resuscitate Procedure Act, Lansing, February 2018.

Presented "Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Family Stability," St. John Providence Children's Hospital, Detroit, May 2017.

Presented "Taking Type 1 Diabetes to Schools," JDRF T1D Summit, Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 2017.

Presented "The Importance of Medical-Legal Partnerships: Helping Children with Life-Limiting Illness with DNR Orders in Schools," Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care, Phoenix, February 2017.