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Kalil, Danielle

Clinical Fellow
Human Trafficking Clinic

625 S. State St.
Danielle Kalil’s research, teaching, and practice focus on the intersection of human trafficking with immigration and child welfare. She is a clinical teaching fellow in the Human Trafficking Clinic representing domestic and foreign survivors of trafficking in a variety of civil legal areas. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Professor Kalil worked as a legal aid attorney in Texas, where she represented foster youth, immigrants, and survivors of human trafficking and sexual assault. In this role, she served as a member of Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault, representing survivors with any civil legal needs arising from their victimization. She also worked with the Texas Foster Youth Justice Project, helping current and former foster youth address legal issues arising from their time in care. Her legal aid practice focused specifically on undocumented foster youth and the interaction between the immigration and child welfare systems. Professor Kalil has trained professionals around the country on human trafficking and child welfare. She earned her JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as a student attorney in the Human Trafficking Clinic for three semesters. Prior to law school, she worked in the nonprofit sector in Washington, D.C., in the areas of human trafficking and international development. Professor Kalil earned her BA in political science from the University of Notre Dame. She is admitted to practice law in California, Michigan, and Texas.


Serves on the University of Michigan Committee for an Inclusive University, August 2019-present.

Presented "Human Trafficking for Child Welfare Professionals" webinar through the Michigan State University School of Social Work, April 2019 and March 2020.

Co-presented a community training on labor trafficking for the National Council of Jewish Women, Detroit, Michigan, November 2019.

Co-presented "From Tried and True to Something New: Navigating Co-Teaching with Clinicians at Varying Career Stages" at the Midwest Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 2019.

Presented "Human Trafficking: Identification and Advocacy" at the Oakland University Human Trafficking Conference in Detroit, Michigan, April 2019.

Presented "Immigration Relief for Foster Youth: Alternatives to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status" to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Austin, Texas, March 2018.

Presented "Legal Remedies for Survivors of Sex Trafficking" to Baptist Child and Family Services, San Antonio, Texas, December 2017.

Co-presented "Advanced T Visa Strategies" at the American Bar Association/Kids in Need of Defense Unaccompanied Children Conference, Houston, Texas, December 2017.

​Presented "Legal Rights and Resources for Foster Youth in Texas: Diminishing Vulnerability to Exploitation" at multiple National Center for Missing and Exploited Youth Spotlight on Exploitation Trainings in Austin, Texas, March 2017, El Paso, Texas, May 2017, and Brownsville, Texas, September 2017.

​Presented "Benefits and Resources for Foster Youth Aging Out of Care" to Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Corpus Christi, Texas, June 2017 and Edinburg, Texas, July 2017.