Elizabeth M. Donovan

Director of Experiential Education & Associate Clinical Professor

Education

  • MA., 2000, Education, University of Michigan
  • JD., 1990, University of Washington School of Law
  • BA., 1985, English, State University of New York at Albany

Areas of Expertise 

Human Trafficking, Immigration Law, Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Professional Experience 

As the Law School’s first Director of Experiential Education, Professor Donovan directs the Clinical Program and Externship Program.

Professor Donovan teaches Human Trafficking Law Clinic, Mediation Law Clinic, and Advanced Clinical Law, as well as skills courses, such as Client Representation. She has held administrative positions in the External Affairs, Admissions, and Career Services departments. She led the transition of the Clinical Program from Ann Arbor to Naples.

In the Human Trafficking Law Clinic, Professor Donovan represents survivors 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. Professor Donovan also engages in community outreach and training, including day-long events in Collier and Lee counties, such as “A Day Without Slavery.” In the Mediation Law Clinic, students develop and use skills as mediators and advocates by observing and co-mediating actual disputes. Professor Donovan has spoken on cultural diversity in mediation, as well as mediator ethics.

Before joining the Law School in 2000, Professor Donovan practiced law at the Detroit office of Dykema Gossett, concentrating in litigation, alternative dispute resolution, employment law, labor law, and immigration law. While at Dykema Gossett, she performed significant pro bono services for Detroit-based Focus: HOPE, in the areas of employment law and education program design.

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 (inactive)
  • Florida Bishops Ad Hoc Commission on Human Trafficking Awareness (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

  • Cultural Diversity in Mediation, Collier County Courthouse, Naples, FL, April 2017
  • Mediator Ethics, Collier County Courthouse, Naples, FL, April 2017
  • Human Trafficking: A Legal Perspective, Human Trafficking Symposium, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, March 2017
  • What is Human Trafficking? Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning Hodges University, Naples, FL, 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, FL, March 2016
  • Human Trafficking: A Crime Against Humanity Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, FL, March 2016
  • Human Trafficking: A Legal Perspective “Human Trafficking: Slavery in the 21st Century” St. John Hospital & Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, October 2015
  • Trauma Informed and Culturally Sensitive Lawyering “Experiential Learning Across the Curriculum” Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, WA, June 2015
  • How Does Human Trafficking Impact Us? Human Trafficking Symposium, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, January 2015
  • The Intersection of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence “Equal Means Equal” Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI, October 2014
  • Minor Victims of Human Trafficking: The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem, Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, FL, October 2014
  • Best Practices in Representing Victims of Human Trafficking Southwest Florida Human Trafficking Task Force Training Seminar Hodges University, Naples, FL, September 2014
  • Human Trafficking: A Crime Against Humanity Adult Faith Formation Series, St. Williams Ministry Center, Naples, FL, March 2014
  • Human Trafficking: Social Constructs, Objectification, and Human Trafficking Catholic Ministry, St. Williams Youth Center, Naples, FL, March 2014
  • Human Trafficking Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, FL, January 2014
  • Minor Victims of Human Trafficking: The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, FL, November 2013
  • Human Trafficking: How To Be An Agent for Change Zonta International Annual District Conference Bay Valley, Bay City, MI, October 2013
  • Labor Trafficking in Florida “Human Trafficking: A Michigan Reality” Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force DeVos Center, Grand Rapids, MI, October 2013
  • Human Trafficking: Looking Beneath the Surface First United Methodist Church, Greenwood, Ann Arbor, MI, May 2013
  • Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery First United Methodist Church, Ann Arbor, MI, April 2013
  • Human Trafficking Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, FL, March 2013
  • Creating Strategies and Partnerships in Combating Human Trafficking Hodges University, Fort Myers, FL, October 2012
  • Innocence Lost – Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Hodges University, Fort Myers, FL, April 2012
  • Minor Victims of Human Trafficking: The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, FL, March 2012
  • What is Human Trafficking? Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, FL, March 2012
  • S. Perspective: Response to Human Trafficking Trafficking Persons Multi-Regional Program, Council for International Visitors in Collier Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, FL, November 2011
  • Human Trafficking in Your Backyard – What Can You Do? Faith and Wine St. John the Evangelist Church, Naples, FL, 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, FL, 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, FL, May 2011
  • International and Domestic Framework for Human Trafficking Symposium on Human Trafficking: “Which Way Home?” Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, IL, April 2011
  • A Community Response to Human Trafficking Peace and Justice Ministry Education Series St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Port Charlotte, FL, March 2011
  • Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery in Florida Theology on Tap, Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL, February 2011
  • The Positive Role Educators Can Play in Combatting Human Trafficking Diocese of Venice Annual Education Conference Bishop Verot High School, Fort Myers, FL, 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, FL, January 2011
  • Violence Against Women – A Legal Perspective Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, FL, March 2010
  • Next Steps – Local / State Experts Human Slavery Symposium: “Out of the Shadows” Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, 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, OH, June 2009
  • Human Trafficking: A Legal Perspective Ave Maria School of Law, Ann Arbor, MI, March 2009
  • Law Enforcement Strategies for Victims of Human Trafficking and Certain Crimes Ave Maria School of Law, Ann Arbor, MI, May 2008

OTHER

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