Elizabeth M. Donovan

Director of Experiential Education & Associate Clinical Professor

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Education

  • M.A., 2000, Education, University of Michigan
  • J.D., 1990, University of Washington School of Law
  • B.A., 1985, English, State University of New York at Albany

Areas of Expertise

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Human Trafficking

Professional Experience

Before joining the Law School in 2000, Professor Donovan practiced law at the Detroit office of Dykema Gossett, concentrating on litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and immigration. While at Dykema she performed significant pro bono services for Detroit-based Focus: HOPE. In her Human Trafficking Law Clinic, begun in Ann Arbor, Michigan and now located in Naples, Florida, Professor Donovan represents victims of sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and other violent crimes. She regularly speaks on the topic of human trafficking with academics, lawyers, social service providers, law enforcement, health care providers, and other groups. Since the Law School moved to Naples, each fall Professor Donovan has worked with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and the Collier County Coalition Against Human Trafficking to design and host a day-long event to educate Immokalee community members about human trafficking. Given the success of that event, working with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Southwest Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, she helped design and launch a similar event in Bonita Springs.

Honors and Professional Affiliations

  • Michigan Bar, 1990
  • Washington Bar 1991 (inactive)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Clinical Legal Education Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Southwest Florida Human Trafficking Coalition
  • Collier County Coalition Against Human Trafficking
  • Florida Bishops Ad Hoc Commission on Human Trafficking Awarness (inactive)
  • Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force (inactive)
  • Washtenaw Women Lawyers Association Mary E. Foster Award, 1999

Key Works

Television and Print Media Placement

  • Interviewed at “SlaveFree SW Florida,” Bonita Springs, Florida Fox 4 – WFTX-TV January 18, 2014
  • Interviewed at “A Day Without Slavery,” Immokalee, Florida Fox 4 – WFTX-TV November 9, 2013
  • “Keep U. S. Out Front in Fight Against Human Trafficking” — Naples News September 28, 2012
  • “Look Past Politics to Victims of Human Trafficking” — Naples News (linked on-line by USA Today, Dallas Morning News, Times of India, and Human Rights Today) February 12, 2011

Presentations

  • What is Human Trafficking? Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning Hodges University, Naples, Florida March 2016
  • Advances in Legislative Efforts to Fund Victim Services and Efforts to End Demand “Human Trafficking in Plain Sight: Identifying Best Practices” Hodges University, Naples, Florida March 2016
  • Human Trafficking: A Crime Against Humanity Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida March 2016
  • Human Trafficking: A Legal Perspective “Human Trafficking: Slavery in the 21st Century” St. John Hospital & Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan October 2015
  • Trauma Informed and Culturally Sensitive Lawyering “Experiential Learning Across the Curriculum” Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington June 2015
  • How Does Human Trafficking Impact Us? Human Trafficking Symposium Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida January 2015
  • The Intersection of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence “Equal Means Equal” Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, Michigan October 2014
  • Minor Victims of Human Trafficking: The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem, Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida October 2014
  • Best Practices in Representing Victims of Human Trafficking Southwest Florida Human Trafficking Task Force Training Seminar Hodges University, Naples, Florida September 2014
  • Human Trafficking: A Crime Against Humanity Adult Faith Formation Series, St. Williams Ministry Center, Naples, Florida March 2014
  • Human Trafficking: Social Constructs, Objectification, and Human Trafficking Catholic Ministry, St. Williams Youth Center, Naples, Florida March 2014
  • Human Trafficking Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida January 2014
  • Minor Victims of Human Trafficking: The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida November 2013
  • Human Trafficking: How To Be An Agent for Change Zonta International Annual District Conference Bay Valley, Bay City, Michigan October 2013
  • Labor Trafficking in Florida “Human Trafficking: A Michigan Reality” Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force DeVos Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan October 2013
  • Human Trafficking: Looking Beneath the Surface First United Methodist Church, Greenwood, Ann Arbor, Michigan May 2013
  • Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan April 2013
  • Human Trafficking Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida March 2013
  • Creating Strategies and Partnerships in Combating Human Trafficking Hodges University, Fort Myers, Florida October 2012
  • Innocence Lost – Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Hodges University, Fort Myers, Florida April 2012
  • Minor Victims of Human Trafficking: The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida March 2012
  • What is Human Trafficking? Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida March 2012
  • U.S. Perspective: Response to Human Trafficking Trafficking Persons Multi-Regional Program, Council for International Visitors in Collier Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida November 2011
  • Human Trafficking in Your Backyard – What Can You Do? Faith and Wine St. John the Evangelist Church, Naples, Florida November 2011
  • Labor and Sex Trafficking in the United States Trafficking Persons Multi-Regional Program, Council for International Visitors in Collier Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida August 2011
  • Human Trafficking: Internationally, Nationally, and Locally “Called to be Women of Prayer” Venice Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Annual Convention Lido Beach Resort, Sarasota, Florida May 2011
  • International and Domestic Framework for Human Trafficking Symposium on Human Trafficking: “Which Way Home?” Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois April 2011
  • A Community Response to Human Trafficking Peace and Justice Ministry Education Series St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Port Charlotte, Florida March 2011
  • Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery in Florida Theology on Tap, Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, Florida February 2011
  • The Positive Role Educators Can Play in Combatting Human Trafficking Diocese of Venice Annual Education Conference Bishop Verot High School, Fort Myers, Florida February 2011
  • Dimensions of Human Trafficking Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida February 2011 Churches and Human Trafficking Florida Catholic Conference of Bishops Training St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Port Charlotte, Florida January 2011
  • Violence Against Women – A Legal Perspective Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida March 2010
  • Next Steps – Local / State Experts Human Slavery Symposium: “Out of the Shadows” Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida January 2010
  • Need for Legislation and The Process for Services Unlocking the Chains: Best Practices in Serving Trafficked Persons Hilltop Complex and Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio June 2009
  • Human Trafficking: A Legal Perspective Ave Maria School of Law, Ann Arbor, Michigan March 2009
  • Law Enforcement Strategies for Victims of Human Trafficking and Certain Crimes Ave Maria School of Law, Ann Arbor, Michigan May 2008

OTHER

  • Is Human Trafficking a Problem in Florida? North Naples United Methodist Church March 2015
  • Human Trafficking in Southwest Florida Collier Naples Rotary Club November 2014
  • Rescued: Now What? Zonta International, Ann Arbor Chapter Learning Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan October 2014
  • Human Trafficking Court and the Role of a Coalition Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida September 2014
  • Human Trafficking in Florida and the Role of a Coalition Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida February 2014
  • How Can You Help Combat Modern Day Slavery? Zonta International, Ann Arbor Chapter Offices of Keller Williams, Ann Arbor, Michigan June 2013
  • Faith, Service, and Human Trafficking Disciple Alums, Mary Martha, and Sarah’s Sister First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan March 2013
  • The Call to End Violence Against Women International Women’s Forum Birmingham Athletic Club, Birmingham, Michigan March 2013
  • What Does Human Trafficking Have to Do With Me? Gateway Women’s Club, Fort Myers, Florida February 2011
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