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Moran, David

Clinical Professor of Law
Michigan Innocence Clinic

3024 South Hall

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.)


Slected to serve on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), Legal Resource Committee (LRC), July 2014.

Gave panel presentation on "Shaken Baby Syndrome and Innocence," Oklahoma City University Law School, September 2011.

Presented "Davis v. United States,” Summer Fawley, University of Michigan Law School, July 2011.

Met with chair of Michigan House Judiciary Committee on behalf of Campaign for Justice to discuss legislative proposals to reform Michigan's indigent defense system, May 2011.

Presented "Wrongful Convictions in Michigan: An Update from the Michigan Innocence Clinic," Society of Active Retirees, Farmington, Michigan, April 2011.

Presented "Screening Non-DNA Innocence Cases," panel presentation, Innocence Network Annual Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 2011.

Presented "Crazed Glass, Alligatoring, and Other Arson Folklore: When Does a Shift in the Scientific Consensus Constitute Newly Discovered Evidence of Innocence?", informal Fawley, University of Michigan Law School, February 2011.

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