Professor Vivek S. Sankaran, '01, is a clinical professor of law and directs both the Child Advocacy Law Clinic and the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic. He also founded the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy, an innovative legal clinic that seeks to prevent children from entering foster care. His research and policy interests center on improving outcomes for children in child welfare cases by empowering families and strengthening due process protections. Professor Sankaran sits on the steering committee of the American Bar Association's National Project to Improve Representation for Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System. He has litigated numerous cases on behalf of parents before the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals, has authored scholarly pieces and practical resource guides to assist child welfare professionals, and regularly conducts national and statewide trainings. He also was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the Child Abuse Prevention Board. Professor Sankaran earned his BA, magna cum laude, from the College of William and Mary. He earned his JD, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Michigan Law Review. After law school, he joined the Children's Law Center (CLC) as a Skadden Fellow and became a permanent staff attorney with the CLC in September 2003. Professor Sankaran was named the 2004 Michigan Law School Public Interest Alumni of the Year and, in 2006, was certified as a child welfare specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children. In 2011, he was named the Parent Attorney of the Year by the Michigan Foster Care Review Board.