David Moran joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 2008.
BiographyIn January 2009, David Moran and Professor Bridget McCormack launched the Michigan Innocence Clinic to litigate claims of actual innocence by prisoners in cases where DNA evidence is not available. In its first seven months, the clinic's work resulted in the release of two men and one woman after a total of more than 25 years of wrongful incarceration. In addition to his work in the clinic, he teaches courses in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Professor Moran has argued five 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.
Law Quadrangle Notes Articles
"David A. Moran, '91," 50 L. Quadrangle Notes 80 (Summer, 2008).