Associate Professor of Law
- J.D., summa cum laude, University of Detroit '92
- M.B.A. University of Detroit '77
- B.A. University of Detroit '74
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.
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).
Presenter: A Comparative Perspective on the Right to Confrontation in
Child Sexual Abuse Cases in the United States, Canada and England, Global Legal Skills Conference, Chicago Illinois, April 2015.
Presenter: 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 10-11, 2014.
Panel, Bringing Outside In: Social Justice Collaborations in the Legal Writing Curriculum, Legal Writing Institute Bi-Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, June 2014
Presenter: Putting the Child Back into Child Protection Proceedings, Southwest Regional Clinical Workshop, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, April 18, 2014.
Presenter: A Comparative View of the Treatment Accorded Children's Hearsay Statements in Sexual Abuse Cases in the United States and Canada, 2013 Law & Education in the Americas Conference, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, June 2013.
Presenter: Writing Across the Law School Curriculum: Continued Lessons from the Trenches, Savannah Law School, April 2013.
Presenter: Preparing Practice Ready Grads: UD Mercy School of Law's "Law Firm Program," New York Law School, December 2012.
Presenter: Common Pitfalls and Hot Button Topics in Evidence, National Association of Counsel for Children 35th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference, Chicago, IL August 15, 2012 (with Jennifer Pilette and William Ladd).
Presenter: "Be Careful What You Wish For": The Challenges Confronting Legal Writing Directors and Professors on Tenure Track," 2012 Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law, Arizona State University, March 2012 (with Cristina Lockwood).
Presenter: Compelled Disclosure of Patient Confidences in Court Ordered Treatment Plans, National Association of Counsel for Children 34th National Child Welfare, Juvenile and Family Law Conference, San Diego, Calif., August 30, 2011.
Presenter: "Be Careful What You Wish For": The Challenges Confronting Legal Writing Directors and Professors on Tenure Track, Association of Legal Writing Directors' National Conference, Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, Calif., June 24, 2011.
Presenter, Writing Across the Law School Curriculum: Lessons from the Trenches, Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Arizona, March 20, 2010.
Presenter, Writing Across the Law School Curriculum: Lessons from the Trenches, Association of Legal Writing Directors' National Conference, University of Missouri at Kansas City, July 2009.
Presenter, The Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege in the Family Courts, Northern Illinois University Law School's 18th Annual Law Review Symposium: Confronting the Challenges of Persons Who are Mentally Ill: Best Practices & Remaining Issues in the Law, April 17, 2009.
Presenter, The Orphaning of Underprivileged Children: America's Failed Child Welfare Law & Policy, at Protecting Children's Need for Nurturance: Proven Strategies and New Ideas sponsored by the Oregon Child Advocacy Project, University of Oregon School of Law, March 24-25, 2006.
Presenter, Child Protection Proceedings in Michigan, University Health Education Committee Symposium on Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Detroit Mercy, January, 2003.
Applied Legal Theory and Analysis (1080)
Selected Topics in Family Law Seminar (4380)
Juvenile Appellate Clinic (5100)
Law Firm Program: Children and the Law (7240)