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Plummer, Caitlin

Clinical Fellow
Michigan Innocence Clinic

3016 South Hall

Caitlin Plummer is a teaching fellow in the Michigan Innocence Clinic, the nation's first exclusively non-DNA innocence clinic. Before joining the clinic she was a clinical instructor at the Wisconsin Innocence Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School. In that role she worked on and supervised cases where DNA evidence did exist, and worked with appointed appellate attorneys throughout the state to identify recent convictions where DNA testing could prove innocence. She has co-written an article on wrongful convictions based on scientific evidence that is later repudiated, which was published in fall 2012 by the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. She also has presented on a variety of topics, including wrongful arson convictions and the use of DNA testing in the post-conviction context. She is a member of the Innocence Network's working group on complex DNA issues. Plummer received a BS in health sciences, magna cum laude, from Boston University and her JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. During law school she worked as a student attorney in the Michigan Innocence Clinic for two years, and was a recipient of the Ralph M. Freeman Scholarship and Rockwell T. Gust Advocacy Award.

Recent Publications

Co-author. "An Arson Prosecution: Fighting Fire with Science." S. J. Meyer, co-author. Crim. Just. 28, no. 4 (2014): 4-11.​

​ "'Shifted Science' and Post-Conviction Relief." Imran Syed, co-author. Stan. J. C. R. & C. L. 8, no. 2 (2012): 259-97.
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Co-presented "Arson Cases and the Advances in Fire Science," State Bar of Michigan Criminal Law Section spring conference, Frankenmuth, MI, June 2014.

Presented "Wrongful Convictions in Michigan," League of Women Voters of Oakland annual conference, Southfield, MI, May 2014.​

Presented "Wrongful Convictions and the Michigan Innocence Clinic," Hope Academy of Senior Professionals, Holland, MI, April 2014. ​

Presented "The Michigan Innocence Clinic, Wrongful Convictions, and the Legislative Process," University of Michigan School of Education, February 2014.

Co-presented "Emerging Issues in DNA Cases," Wisconsin State Public Defender annual conference, Milwaukee, WI, November 2013. ​

Presented "Litigating Shifts in Arson Science," Innocence Network Conference, Charlotte, NC, April 2013.

Presented "DNA Evidence and Direct Appeals," Wisconsin State Public Defender annual conference, Milwaukee, WI, November 2012.

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