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Syed, Imran

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Michigan Innocence Clinic

3150 Jeffries Hall
734.763.0577
E-mail galad@umich.edu

Imran Syed, '11, is a clinical assistant professor of law and the assistant director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic. He also teaches a seminar on forensic science and conducts labs for first-year criminal law courses. In 2017, Professor Syed was named one of the Top 40 Young Lawyers in the country by the American Bar Association, and he also was recognized by the State Bar of Michigan in 2016 with the Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Professor Syed earned both his JD and an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Michigan. While in law school, Professor Syed worked in the Innocence Clinic as a student-attorney and, upon graduation, served as a clinical fellow in the Clinic. As part of teaching in the Innocence Clinic, Professor Syed has supervised students investigating and litigating a wide variety of cases, including several of the clinic's forensic science-based innocence cases. Having litigated several arson wrongful convictions that were based on outdated fire science, Professor Syed has written articles discussing the novel litigation strategies needed to address wrongful convictions based on outdated scientific evidence. Professor Syed also wrote and produced a documentary film, The Price of Providence, about one of the Innocence Clinic's wrongful conviction cases. The film premiered at the 2015 Great Lakes Film Festival, where it received the Audience Choice Award.


Recent Publications


"Criminal Procedure v. Scientific Progress: The Challenging Path to Post-Conviction Relief in Cases That Arise During Periods of Shifts in Science." Caitlin Plummer, co-author. Vt. L. Rev. 41, no. 2 (2017): 279-346.
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"'Shifted Science' Revisited: Percolation Delays and the Persistence of Wrongful Convictions Based on Outdated Science." Caitlin Plummer, co-author. Clev. St. L. Rev. 64, no. 3 (2016): 483-518.​​
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​"'Shifted Science' and Post-Conviction Relief." Caitlin Plummer, co-author. Stan. J. C. R. & C. L. 8, no. 2 (2012): 259-97.
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Professor

Activities

Presented "Forensic Science Errors and Reforms," Conference of Criminal Law Section of State Bar of Michigan, June 2018.

Presented "Innocence and Science," Conference on Forensic Science Reform, Georgia State University Law School, Atlanta, April 2018.

Argued and won People v. Johnson/Scott—the joint case of two innocent men wrongfully convicted of murder—in the Michigan Supreme Court, April 2018.

Presented "Primer on Federal Habeas Corpus," Innocence Network Annual Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, March 2018.

Presented "Litigating Arson Cases, Old and New," Innocence Network Annual Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, March 2018.

Presented "Building Pro Bono Partnerships with Law Firms," Innocence Network Annual Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, March 2018.

Named among national list of Top 40 Young Lawyers by the American Bar Association, July 2017.

Presented "Major Updates in Forensic Science: Strategies and Case Law," Conference of Criminal Law Section of State Bar of Michigan, June 2017.

Presented "Litigating Complex Cases Involving Scientific Shifts," Innocence Network Annual Conference, San Diego, California, March 2017.

Presented "Scientific Evidence at Trial and on Appeal," Conference of Criminal Law and Prisons and Corrections Sections of State Bar of Michigan, February 2017.

Led training on "Closing Arguments After Post-Conviction Evidentiary Hearings," State Appellate Defender Office, Detroit, February 2017.

Awarded Department of Justice Grant for "Michigan Innocence Clinic Shaken Baby Syndrome Project," September 2016.

Received Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the State Bar of Michigan, June 2016.

Presented "Recognizing and Litigating Shifts in Science," Innocence Network Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 2016.

Presented "Litigation Strategies for Cases Involving Shifts in Science: Arson and Shaken Baby Syndrome," Forensic Fraud Symposium, West Virginia Law School, March 2016.

Led training on "Litigating Daubert and Other Science Issues on Appeal," State Appellate Defender Office, Detroit, February 2016.