Associate Professor of Law
- Room: 227
- Telephone: 313-596-0204
- J.D., summa cum laude, University of Detroit '92
- M.B.A. University of Detroit '77
- B.A. University of Detroit '74
- Curriculum Vitae
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 UDM School of 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 UDM School of 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.
Professor Paruch is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of South Oakland Shelter, a Michigan non-profit organization devoted to serving homeless individuals and families.
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).
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)
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).
The Orphaning of Underprivileged Children: America’s Failed Child Welfare Law & Policy, 8 J. L. & FAM. STUD. 119 (2006).
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, Illinois, August 15, 2012 (with Jennifer Pilette & 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, Tempe, Arizona; March 2012 (with Prof. 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.