David MoranProfessor David Moran directs the Michigan Innocence Clinic. In addition, he teaches courses in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Professor Moran has argued six 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 BS in physics at the University of Michigan, a BA, MA, and CAS in mathematics at Cambridge University, an MS in theoretical physics at Cornell University, and a JD,
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. In 2008, he was named Civil Libertarian of the Year by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. In 2010, he was named the Michigan Lawyer of the Year by
Michigan Lawyer's Weekly and received the Justice For All Award (with Professor Bridget McCormack), the highest award bestowed by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.
Imran J. SyedImran Syed, '11, is a clinical assistant professor of law and the assistant director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic. He also teaches a seminar on forensic science and conducts labs for first-year criminal law courses. In 2017, Professor Syed was named one of the Top 40 Young Lawyers in the country by the American Bar Association, and he also was recognized by the State Bar of Michigan in 2016 with the Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Professor Syed earned both his JD and an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Michigan. While in law school, Professor Syed worked in the Innocence Clinic as a student-attorney and, upon graduation, served as a clinical fellow in the Clinic. As part of teaching in the Innocence Clinic, Professor Syed has supervised students investigating and litigating a wide variety of cases, including several of the clinic's forensic science-based innocence cases. Having litigated several arson wrongful convictions that were based on outdated fire science, Professor Syed has written articles discussing the novel litigation strategies needed to address wrongful convictions based on outdated scientific evidence. Professor Syed also wrote and produced a documentary film, The Price of Providence, about one of the Innocence Clinic's wrongful conviction cases. The film premiered at the 2015 Great Lakes Film Festival, where it received the Audience Choice Award.
Megan RichardsonMegan Richardson, '15, is a clinical fellow in the Michigan Innocence Clinic. Professor Richardson graduated with a degree in history from the University of Michigan. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked in Washington, D.C., where she joined the legislative staff for U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. Professor Richardson returned to Michigan Law School as a summer starter. While in law school, Professor Richardson worked for two years in the Innocence Clinic as a student-attorney, where she investigated a wide variety of cases and helped to litigate an arson wrongful conviction that was based on outdated fire science. In May 2016, Professor Richardson received the Irving Stenn Jr. Award from Michigan Law, which is presented to students who have demonstrated leadership and contributed through extracurricular activities to the well-being and strength of the Law School or the University. After law school, Professor Richardson worked as an associate in the securities litigation practice group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York.
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