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Moran, David

Clinical Professor of Law
Michigan Innocence Clinic

3024 Jeffries Hall

Professor David Moran, '91, co-founded the Michigan Innocence Clinic in January 2009 to litigate claims of actual innocence by prisoners in cases where DNA evidence is not available. In its first nine years, the clinic's work resulted in the exoneration of 15 men and three women who have served a total of more than 250 years of wrongful incarceration. In addition to his work in the clinic, Professor Moran teaches courses in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. He has published many articles about various aspects of criminal procedure, especially search and seizure. He has argued six times before the U.S. Supreme Court, most recently in November 2012. Among his most notable cases is 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 from the University of Michigan; a BA, MA, and CAS in mathematics from Cambridge University; an MS in theoretical physics from Cornell University; and a JD, magna cum laude, from Michigan Law. 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 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. In 2010, he was named the Michigan Lawyer of the Year by Michigan Lawyer's Weekly. In 2016, he was named a Michiganian of the Year by The Detroit News for his efforts in exonerating a Michigan Innocence Clinic client.

Recent Publications

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"Feigned Consensus: Usurping the Law in Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma Prosecutions." Keith Findley, D. Michael Risinger, Patrick Barnes, Julie Mack, Barry Scheck, and Thomas Bohan, co-authors. Wis. L. Rev. 2019, no. 4 (2019): 1211-268.
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"Child Abuse Evidence: New Perspectives from Law, Medicine, Psychology." A Kirkland and A. K. Perone, co-authors. U. Mich. J.L. Reform 50, no. 3 (2017): 669-76.
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Re-elected to a three-year term on the executive board of the Innocence Network, May 2018.

Co-taught a workshop on federal habeas corpus at the 2018 Innocence Network Conference, March 2018.

Member of the University of Michigan's Rhodes-Marshall Scholarships Nominating Committee, 2017–present.