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Kay, Joshua

Clinical Professor of Law
Child Advocacy Law Clinic

3058 Jeffries Hall

Professor Joshua B. Kay, '08, is a clinical professor of law in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic. He also has taught in the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic. Professor Kay has litigated numerous child abuse and neglect cases in trial courts, the Michigan Court of Appeals, and the Michigan Supreme Court. His primary interests center around the intersection of disability law and child protection law. He earned his BA with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College, where he received the R.H. Stetson Award in Psychology and Psychobiology. He then earned his MA and PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan, where he was a Regents' Fellow. Prior to earning his JD, cum laude, from Michigan Law, he served as an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Michigan Medical School, where he studied the cognitive and developmental impacts of pediatric traumatic brain injury and was an attending psychologist and member of the ethics committee at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. He also taught courses in clinical assessment and supervised the clinical work of graduate students in the Department of Psychology. After law school, Professor Kay joined Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service as a Skadden Fellow, receiving a certificate of appreciation for his representation of parents with disabilities in child welfare matters from the University of Michigan Council for Disability Concerns.

Recent Publications

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"New Juvenile Discovery Rules: Mandatory, Comprehensive, and Streamlined." Mich. B.J. 98, no. 20 (2019) 20-1.
Full Text: MLaw Repository

"Advocating for Children with Disabilities in Child Protection Cases." Touro L. Rev. 35, no. 1 (2019): 345-66.
Full Text: MLaw Repository | HEIN (UMich users) | HEIN | Lexis | Westlaw | WWW

"The Americans with Disabilities Act: Legal and Practical Applications in Child Protection Proceedings." Cap. U. L. Rev. 46, no. 4 (2018): 783-818.
Full Text: HEIN (UMich users) | HEIN | Westlaw

"The Legal Response to Child Abuse and Neglect." In The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment. 4th ed., edited by B. Klika and J. Conte, 182-99. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2017.

"Legal Issues in Child Welfare Cases Involving Children with Disabilities." F. Vandervort, co-author. In Child Abuse: Children with Disabilities, edited by V. J. Palusci et al., 213-34. Hauppauge, N.Y.: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2017.

"Mental Health Evaluations in Child Welfare Settings." In Child Welfare Law and Practice. 3rd ed., edited by D. N. Duquette, V. S. Sankaran, and A. M. Haralambie. Denver, Colo.: Bradford Publishing Co., 2016.


Presented "The Importance of High-Quality Foster Care Review Boards" at the Michigan State Court Administrative Office's annual Foster Care Review Board training, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, October 2019.

Presented "Understanding the Legal System and Testifying in Court" at the 38th Annual Michigan Statewide Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Plymouth, Michigan, October 2019.

Gave a child welfare law update for the Michigan Court of Appeals, Detroit, September 2019.

Presented "Top 20 Child Welfare Cases Everyone Should Know" at the Michigan Appellate Bench-Bar Conference, Plymouth, Michigan, March 2019.