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David Moran
David MoranProfessor David Moran directs the Michigan Innocence Clinic. In addition, he teaches courses in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Professor Moran has argu​ed 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 BS in physics at the University of Michigan, a BA, MA, and CAS in mathematics at Cambridge University, an MS in theoretical physics at Cornell University, and a JD, 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 J. Syed
Imran SyedImran Syed, '11, is a clinical assistant professor of law and the assistant director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic. He teaches a seminar on forsenic science. 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 clinic students, 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.

Rebecca Hahn
Rebecca HahnRebecca Hahn joined the University of Michigan Law School as a teaching fellow in the Michigan Innocence Clinic in May 2016. Prior to joining Michigan Law, she worked for six years as an assistant public defender in the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender in Chicago, where she represented clients in felony and misdemeanor charges ranging from DUI to murder and acted as the lead attorney on forensic science issues. Hahn earned her BA from DePaul University and her JD from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where she served on the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review and was a public interest fellow and a research assistant for the Immigration Law Clinic. She also worked as a law clerk for the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic. Following law school Hahn was an attorney at Huron Consulting Group in Chicago. She is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Michigan.

Jennifer Simmons

Jennifer Simmons is the clinic administrator for the Michigan Innocence Clinic.


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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