Imran Syed, ‘11, is a clinical assistant professor of law and the co-director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic at Michigan Law. He also teaches a seminar on forensic science and conducts labs for first-year criminal law courses.

In 2017, the American Bar Association named Syed one of the Top 40 Young Lawyers in the country; in 2016, the State Bar of Michigan recognized him with the Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award.

While in law school, 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, 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 Having litigated several arson wrongful convictions that were based on outdated fire science, Syed has written articles discussing the novel litigation strategies needed to address wrongful convictions based on outdated scientific evidence.

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.