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An Innocence Clinic Update: Recent Exonerations and Continuing Litigation   

C In-Person Class: This class will be taught in person, in the classroom at the Red Cross building.
   Enrollment: The American Red Cross pandemic protocols may limit the enrollment for this class.
   Registrants will be informed in advance, and a waitlist will be available.

In January 2009, Professors David Moran and Bridget McCormack (now a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court) launched the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School to investigate and litigate claims of innocence by convicted prisoners in cases where DNA evidence is not available. In its first 13 years, the Clinic’s work has resulted in the release of 30 people – 26 men and 4 women, whose combined wrongful incarceration totaled more than 400 years. Professor Moran, the director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, returns to Elderwise to discuss several recent cases in which the Clinic won final exoneration for its clients. He will also discuss some of the most interesting cases in which litigation is continuing.


David Moran holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics and mathematics, and earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He has argued six times before the United States Supreme Court. In 2020 Professor Moran was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly.