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Duquette, Donald N.

Clinical Professor of Law
Child Advocacy Law Clinic

3028 South Hall

Prof. Donald N. Duquette, '74, founded the Child Advocacy Law Clinic, the oldest such clinic in the United States, in 1976. His 1990 book, Advocating for the Child in Protection Proceedings, formed the conceptual framework for the first national evaluation of child representation as mandated by the U.S. Congress. His most recent book, Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Proceedings, 2nd ed. (Bradford Legal Publishers, 2010), defines the scope and duties of a new legal specialty in child welfare law and prepares experienced lawyers for a national certifying examination. Prof. Duquette initiated and was codirector of a National Association of Counsel for Children project to develop a national certification program in child welfare law, which gained American Bar Association accreditation in February 2004 and is now available as a specialty in more than 35 U.S. jurisdictions. In October 2009, the U.S. Children's Bureau made a $6-million, multi-year grant to Michigan Law to serve as the National Quality Improvement Center for Child Representation in the Child Welfare System (QIC-ChildRep) with Prof. Duquette as director. The project studies what a child's legal representative does that makes a difference in the child's life. Prof. Duquette is a graduate of Michigan State University, and was a social worker specializing in child protection and foster care prior to earning his JD at Michigan Law. Before joining the faculty, he served as an assistant professor of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University.

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Co-author. "Child Representation in America: Progress Report from the National Quality Improvement Center." J. Darwall, co-author. Fam. L. Q. 46, no. 1 (2012).
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Keynote speaker and moderator at Oregon's statewide conference "Best Practices in Juvenile Dependency," Eugene, October 2012.

Presented the Erney Moore Award from the Michigan Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect for "unselfish rendering of outstanding and unique service to and on behalf of children and families in Michigan" and signifies "help and assistance which has been given generously, ungrudgingly, and in the spirit of self-sacrifice," October 2012.

Gave the most comprehensive progress report yet on the National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Counsel for Children, Chicago, Illinois, August 2012.

Taught a four-week mini-course on "Child Welfare Practice and the Law" at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, March 2011.

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