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SADO/MAACS - Litigating Forensic Science Issues on Appeal


Time: October 7, 2021 - 10:45-11:45am
Location: Zoom

This session will discuss legal claims that can be raised on appeal in cases where forensic science played a part in the conviction. Litigating forensic science issues on appeal can seem daunting, but really just involves slight extrapolations of well-known legal claims like Strickland and Cress. This session will discuss relevant precedent and strategies for succeeding in this exciting and challenging category of cases.

Imran Syed is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan Law School and serves as co-director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic. He also teaches a law school seminar on forensic science and conducts labs for first-year criminal law courses. Imran serves on the executive board of the national Innocence Network and also co-chairs the Network's amicus committee. As part of teaching in the Innocence Clinic, Imran has supervised students investigating and litigating a wide variety of post-conviction and direct appellate cases, including several of the Clinic's forensic science-based innocence cases. He has also written law review articles discussing the novel litigation strategies needed to address wrongful convictions based on outdated scientific evidence.

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