Professor Donovan is the Coordinator of the Paralegal Program and teaches courses in the Paralegal and Women’s and Gender Studies departments.
She began her legal career as a Judicial Clerk at the Washington State Court of Appeals and then practiced employment, labor, and immigration law at the Detroit office of Dykema.
Before Professor Donovan joined Eastern Michigan University, she was a Professor of Law and a Director of Clinical Programs. In Human Trafficking Law Clinic and Women’s Immigrant Rights Law Clinic, Professor Donovan represented survivors of labor trafficking, sex trafficking, and other violent crimes. In Mediation Law Clinic, through in-class instruction and co-mediating disputes in local courts, students became certified mediators. In Immigration Law Clinic, Professor Donovan assisted individuals seeking asylum and other forms of immigration relief.
Professor Donovan speaks on the topic of human trafficking with colleges and law schools; coalitions of law enforcement, social service providers, and practitioners; community and governmental leaders; and local and national groups. Professor Donovan also delivers training to mediators and judges on ethics and cultural competence in mediation.