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Deborah  Paruch

Professor of Law

Paruch, Deborah
Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: 227
Phone: (313) 596-0204
Paruch, Deborah
Areas of Expertise:
Child Custody (Foster Children)
Evidence
Juvenile Justice

Degrees

  • J.D., summa cum laude, University of Detroit '92
  • M.B.A. University of Detroit '77
  • B.A. University of Detroit '74

Biography

Professor Deborah Paruch is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  She received her B.A. in Psychology, an M.B.A., and a J.D. (summa cum laude), from the University of Detroit. Prior to law school, Professor Paruch practiced as a C.P.A. in Michigan for Ernst and Young, and as the manager of the tax department for a small C.P.A. firm in Texas.  She also spent 5 years on the faculty of the School of Business Administration at Oakland University in Rochester Michigan where she taught financial accounting and tax in the undergraduate and M.B.A. programs.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Paruch practiced at the Dykema Gossett Law Firm and was the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Detroit. Immediately prior to accepting the full time position at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Professor Paruch held a prestigious Community Builder Fellowship position with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Professor Paruch became a member of the full time faculty at Detroit Mercy Law in 2000.  She teaches Applied Legal Theory and Analysis, Evidence, Children and the Law, and a Seminar in Family Law.  She has authored several articles and presented nationally on topics concerning Family Law, Children and the Law, Evidence and Legal Writing. 

She is the chairperson of the Detroit Mercy Law Voice for Justice Committee and the recipient of the 2007/08 Moot Court Faculty Member of the Year award.

Professor Paruch is a member of the Michigan Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Legal Writing Institute. She currently serves on the Legislative Committee of the Children's Law Section of the State Bar Association.

Professor Paruch is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of South Oakland Shelter, a Michigan non-profit organization devoted to serving homeless individuals and families.

Recent Publications:

Testimonial Statements, Reliability, and the Sole or Decisive Evidence Rule: A Comparative Look at the Right of Confrontation in the United States, Canada, and Europe, Forthcoming Catholic Univ. L. Rev. (2017).

Non-offending Parents, Children and the Fourteenth Amendment in Child Protection Proceedings:  A Critique of In re Sanders – One Court’s Arbitrary Destruction of the One Parent Doctrine, 84 U.M.K.C. L. Rev. 97 (2015).

Deborah Paruch, Non-offending Parents, Children and the Fourteenth Amendment in Child Protection Proceedings: A Critique of In re Sanders – One Court's Arbitrary Destruction of the One Parent Doctrine, 84 UMKC Law Review _____ (2015).

Deborah Paruch Silencing the Victims in Child Sexual Abuse Prosecutions: The Confrontation Clause and Children's Hearsay Statements Before and After Michigan v. Bryant, 28 Tuoro L. Rev. 85 (2012).

Deborah Paruch, From Trusted Confidant to Witness for the Prosecution: The Case Against the Recognition of a Dangerous-Patient Exception to the Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege, 9 U. N.H.L.Rev. 327 (2011)

Deborah Paruch, The Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege in the Family Court: An Exemplar of Disharmony Between Social Policy Goals, Professional Ethics, and the Current State of the Law,

29 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 499 (2009).

Deborah Paruch, The Orphaning of Underprivileged Children: America's Failed Child Welfare Law & Policy, 8 J. L. & Fam. Stud. 119 (2006).

Presentations:

“Pointing Empowered Student Leaders toward a Justice Horizon,” Tim Hipskind, S.J., Deborah Paruch, and Mary-Catherine Harrison, Commitment to Justice In Jesuit Higher Education Conference, Seattle University, August 2017

The Emerging Conflict Between Non-Offending Parents, Their Children and the State in American Child Protection Proceedings, 16th World Conference of the International Society of Family Law, Vrije University, Amsterdam Netherlands, July 2017

Testimonial Statements, Reliability, and the Sole or Decisive Evidence Rule: A Comparative Look at the Right of Confrontation in the United States, Canada, and Europe. University of Windsor School of Law, October 2016

Panel, Experiential Learning and Simulation Courses, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference, Amelia Island, Florida, August 2016

A Comparative Perspective of Children’s Hearsay Statements in Criminal Trials, Barry University School of Law, April 2016

A Comparative Perspective on the Right to Confrontation in Child Abuse Cases in the United States, Canada and England, Global Legal Skills Conference, John Marshall Law School and Northwestern Law School, May 2015

Non-offending Parents, Children and the Fourteenth Amendment in Child Protection Proceedings, presented at the Central States Law School Assoc. 2014 Scholarship Conference, LSU Law Center October 2014

Panel, Bringing Outside In: Social Justice Collaborations in the Legal Writing Curriculum, Legal Writing Institute Bi-Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, June 2014

Putting the Child Back into Child Protection Proceedings, Southwest Regional Clinical Workshop, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, April 2014

Faculty Workshop, Substantive Due Process Rights of Non-offending Parents in Child Protection Proceedings, University of Toledo School of Law, April 2014

Courses Taught:

Applied Legal Theory and Analysis (1080)

Evidence (2220)

Selected Topics in Family Law Seminar (4380)

Juvenile Appellate Clinic (5100)

Law Firm Program: Children and the Law (7240)

 
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