Imran Syed, '11, is a clinical assistant professor of law. He is the assistant director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, and teaches a seminar on forensic science. Professor Syed graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in political science before going on to Michigan Law. While in law school, Professor Syed worked for two years in the Innocence Clinic as a student attorney and, upon graduation, served as a clinical fellow and staff attorney in the clinic for three years. 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 cases. Having litigated several arson wrongful convictions that were based on outdated fire science, Professor Syed also has coauthored articles discussing the novel litigation strategies needed to address wrongful convictions based on scientific evidence that is valid when used, but later comes to be repudiated. He also has spoken and written about a variety of topics related to wrongful convictions, such as compensation for exonerees, the fallacies of eyewitness testimony, and the need for reform in Michigan's system of public defense. In 2014, Professor Syed wrote and produced a documentary film,
The Price of Providence, about one of the Innocence Clinic's wrongful conviction cases.
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