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Syed, Imran; Clinical Fellow

Michigan Innocence Clinic

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

Imran Syed is a staff attorney and teaching fellow in the Michigan Innocence Clinic. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in political science before going on to Michigan Law. While in law school, Syed worked for two years in the Innocence Clinic as a student attorney, and became the clinic's first full-time staff attorney upon graduation in May 2011. In addition to supervising students in the clinic, Syed has investigated and litigated a wide variety of cases for the Innocence Clinic, including the clinic's first-ever arson case. That case was also the inspiration for Syed's law review article on wrongful convictions based on scientific evidence that is later repudiated. Co-written with Caitlin Plummer, the article was published in fall 2012 by the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Syed also has spoken and written about a variety of topics relating to wrongful convictions, such as compensation for exonorees, the fallacies of eyewitness testimony, and the need for reform in Michigan's system of public defense.

Recent Publications


​"Doubly Wronged in Detroit." Slate (December 12, 2013).
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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.
Full Text: HEIN (UMich users) | HEIN

Professor

Activities

Presented "Innocence and Capital Punishment," Amnesty International panel presentation, University of Michigan-Dearborn, March 2014.

Featured in "Exoneration Mission: Attorney at Innocence Clinic Films Documentary About Case," Detroit Legal News, February 2014.

Presented "The Michigan Innocence Clinic, Wrongful Convictions, and the Legislative Process," University of Michigan School of Education, February 2014.

Presented "The Arson Innocence Case of Victor Caminata," University of Michigan Law School, September 2013.

Guest speaker, "Successes of the Michigan Innocence Clinic," Reality Strikes, KATS Radio, Detroit, May 2013.

Presented "Litigating Shifts in Arson Science," Innocence Network Conference, Charlotte, NC, April 2013.

Presented "Screening Non-DNA Cases," panel presentation, Innocence Network Conference, Charlotte, NC, April 2013.

Presented "Forensic Science and Wrongful Convictions," Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, Canton, MI, March 2013.

Presented "Wrongful Convictions and the Importance of Thorough Investigations," Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Detroit, December 2012.

Featured in "When Science Fails Us & We Fail Justice: A Conversation About the Tragic Case of David Gavitt," Cooley Law Review: In the Community, October 2012.

Presented "They Didn't Do It: True Stories of the Innocence Project," Northville District Library, Northville, MI, October 2012.

Presented "The Michigan Innocence Clinic, Wrongful Convictions, and the Legislative Process," University of Michigan School of Education, September 2012.

Guest speaker, "Arson Cases and the Michigan Innocence Clinic," Your Voice with Angelo Henderson, News Talk 1200, Detroit, June 2012.

Presented "Race, Wrongful Convictions, and the Execution of Troy Davis," panel presentation, Charles Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, November 2011.

 
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