Donald N. Duquette, J.D.
Clinical Professor of Law
Professor Duquette’s research and teaching interest is in child welfare law, practice and policy. He founded the Child Advocacy Law Clinic in 1976, which is the oldest such clinical law program in the U.S specializing in matters of child abuse and neglect and legal representation of children, parents and the state agency in child welfare cases. In October 2009 the U.S. Children’s Bureau named the UM Law School to serve as the National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System (QIC-ChildRep) with Duquette as Director. The QIC-ChildRep is a five-year, multi-million dollar project to gather, develop and communicate existing knowledge on child representation, promote consensus on the role of the child’s legal representative, and provide the first ever randomized experimental design research on legal representation of children.
Duquette’s 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 (Bradford Legal Publishers, Second Edition, 2010), defines the scope and duties of a new legal specialty in child welfare law and prepares experienced lawyers for a national certifying examination. Duquette collaborated with the National Association of Counsel for Children to develop the national certification program, gaining American Bar Association accreditation in February 2004. Child Welfare Law Specialty certification, modeled after specialty certification in medicine, is now available in 32 states. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and was a social worker specializing in child protection and foster care prior to earning his J.D. at U-M in 1974. Before joining the UM law faculty, he served as an assistant professor of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University College of Medicine.
Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Law School, 1974
B.A., Michigan State University, 1969