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Moran, David

Clinical Professor of Law
Michigan Innocence Clinic

3024 South Hall
734.615.5419
E-mail morand@umich.edu

Prof. David Moran, '91, cofounded 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 five years, the clinic's work resulted in the exoneration of seven men and two women who have served a total of more than 100 years of wrongful incarceration. In addition to his work in the clinic, Prof. 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. Prof. 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. Prof. 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 and received the Justice For All Award (with Michigan Law Lecturer Bridget McCormack), the highest award bestowed by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.

Recent Publications

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"The Pastor, The Burning House, and The Double Jeopardy Clause: The True Story Behind Evans v. Michigan." Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions 112 (2013): 16-21.
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Co-author. "Shaken Baby Syndrome, Abusive Head Trauma, and Actual Innocence: Getting it Right." K. A. Findley, P. D. Barnes, and W. Squier, co-authors. Hous. J. Health L. & Pol'y 12, no. 2 (2012): 209-312.
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"Examining Shaken Baby Syndrome Convictions in Light of New Medical and Scientific Research (Symposium)." Okla. City U. L. Rev. 37, no. 2 (2012): 219-51. (Professor Moran's response appears on pp. 241-4 of the transcribed symposium presentation.)
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Activities

Elected to a three-year term on the executive board of the Innocence Network, May 2015.​

Led a Bring-Your-Own Case Workshop at the 2015 Innocence Network Conference, May 2015.​

Selected to serve on the Legal Resource Committee of the Organization of Scientific Area Commi​ttees, National Institute of Standards and Technology, July 2014.

 
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