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Michigan Innocence Clinic

At the Michigan Innocence Clinic at Michigan Law, clinic students investigate and litigate cases on behalf of prisoners who have new evidence that may establish that they are actually innocent of the crimes for which they have been convicted. Unlike many other innocence clinics, which specialize in DNA exonerations, the Michigan Innocence Clinic focuses on innocence cases where there is no DNA to be tested. Under the supervision of Director David Moran, Assistant Director Imran Syed and Clinical Fellow Megan Richardson, Innocence Clinic students work on all aspects of the cases, including investigating new evidence, researching and writing briefs, arguing court motions and conducting evidentiary hearings. The Clinic’s work spans all levels of state and federal courts. Since its founding in 2009, the Clinic has successfully won the release of 18 people who had been wrongfully convicted, and served anywhere from two to 46 years in prison.

Prisoners must submit an application to the Innocence Clinic to determine whether the clinic can take the prisoner's case.

In this video, Michigan Law students and faculty describe their work to free Dwayne Provience, who'd spent almost 10 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

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Contact information:

Michigan Innocence Clinic
University of Michigan Law School
701 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091
Phone: 734.763.9353
Fax: 734.764.8242


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