Faculty and Staff
Professor David Moran co-directs the Michigan Innocence Clinic. In addition, he teaches courses in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Professor Moran has argued six times before the United States Supreme Court. Among his most notable cases are Halbert v. Michigan, in which the Supreme Court struck down a Michigan law that denied appellate counsel to assist indigent criminal defendants who wished to challenge their sentences after pleading guilty. Professor Moran earned his B.S. in physics at the University of Michigan, a B.A., M.A., and a C.A.S. in mathematics at Cambridge University, an M.S. in theoretical physics at Cornell University, and a J.D., magna cum laude, at the Michigan Law School. He clerked for the Hon. Ralph B. Guy Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, then served for eight years as an assistant defender at the State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) in Detroit. Prior to joining Michigan Law in 2008, he was an associate professor and the associate dean for academic affairs at Wayne State University Law School. Professor Moran was named "Upperclass Professor of the Year" each of the eight years he taught at Wayne State University Law School. In 2008, he was named Civil Libertarian of the Year by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. In 2010, he was named the Michigan Lawyer of the Year by Michigan Lawyer's Weekly and received the Justice For All Award (with Professor Bridget McCormack), the highest award bestowed by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.
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 has also 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.
Caitlin Plummer is a Teaching Fellow in the Michigan Innocence Clinic, the nation's first exclusively non-DNA innocence clinic. Before joining the clinic she was a Clinical Instructor at the Wisconsin Innocence Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School. In that role she worked on and supervised cases where DNA evidence did exist, and worked with appointed appellate attorneys throughout the state to identify recent convictions where DNA testing could prove innocence. She has co-written an article on wrongful convictions based on scientific evidence that is later repudiated, which was published in the fall of 2012 by the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. She has also presented on a variety of topics, including wrongful arson convictions and the use of DNA testing in the post-conviction context. She is a member of the Innocence Network's working group on complex DNA issues. Ms. Plummer received a BS in Health Sciences, magna cum laude, from Boston University, and her JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. During law school she worked as a student attorney in the Michigan Innocence Clinic for two years, and was a recipient of the Ralph M. Freeman Scholarship and Rockwell T. Gust Advocacy Award.
Jennifer Simmons is the Clinic Administrator for the Michigan Innocence Clinic.
Michigan Innocence Clinic
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091