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.
- Children and the Law
- Children and the Law
- Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Convened and co-led virtual conference for professors in law school clinic Medical-Legal Partnerships throughout the country.
Guest speaker, "Rights of Children with Disabilities when Facing School Discipline," University of Michigan School of Education.
Presented "Integrating Legal Advocacy into the Healthcare Setting," Michigan Medicine Department of Pediatrics.
Presented "Experiential Health Law Opportunities through the Medical-Legal Partnership Model," Health Law Professors Conference, American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, Cleveland, Ohio.
Facilitated the Medical-Legal Partnership Working Group, Association of American Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Chicago.
Testified before the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee on Amending the Michigan Do-Not-Resuscitate Procedure Act, Lansing.
Presented "Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Family Stability," St. John Providence Children's Hospital, Detroit.
Presented "Taking Type 1 Diabetes to Schools," JDRF T1D Summit, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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.