David MoranProfessor David Moran 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 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. SyedImran 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 Having litigated several arson wrongful convictions that were based on outdated fire science, Professor Syed also has coauthored articles discussing the novel litigation strategies needed to address wrongful convictions based on scientific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.
Megan RichardsonMegan Richardson, '15, is a clinical fellow in the Michigan Innocence Clinic. Professor Richardson graduated with a degree in history from the University of Michigan. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked in Washington, D.C., where she joined the legislative staff for U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. Professor Richardson returned to Michigan Law School as a summer starter. While in law school, Professor Richardson worked for two years in the Innocence Clinic as a student-attorney, where she investigated a wide variety of cases and helped to litigate an arson wrongful conviction that was based on outdated fire science. In May 2016, Professor Richardson received the Irving Stenn Jr. Award from Michigan Law, which is presented to students who have demonstrated leadership and contributed through extracurricular activities to the well-being and strength of the Law School or the University. After law school, Professor Richardson worked as an associate in the securities litigation practice group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York.
Jennifer SimmonsJennifer Simmons is the clinic administrator for the Michigan Innocence Clinic.
Contact information:Michigan Innocence ClinicUniversity of Michigan Law School701 S. State StreetAnn Arbor, MI 48109-3091Phone: 734.763.9353Fax: 734.764.8242
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