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Jeff Titus walks in the woods after being exonerated. Jeff Titus walks in the woods after being exonerated.

Features Spring/Summer 2023

Jeff Titus Celebrates Life (on the) Outside

Titus, a Michigan Innocence Clinic client, was exonerated and released from prison in February. He was convicted in 2002 of killing two deer hunters in a state game area in the southeast corner of Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

Nadia Shihata, standing in front of a court house Nadia Shihata, standing in front of a court house

In Practice

Nadia Shihata, ’03: The Women Who Finally Stopped R. Kelly

Nadia Shihata, ’03, had taken down drug dealers, an Albanian crime boss, and other nefarious characters. This time, she and a team of prosecutors were leveling charges against Robert “R.” Kelly, an R&B superstar.

Christopher Perras, standing in front of the window in the University of Michigan law library Christopher Perras, standing in front of the window in the University of Michigan law library

In Practice

Christopher Perras, ’11: Hate on Trial

Christopher Perras, ’11, specializes in prosecuting hate crimes as a special litigation counsel in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice.

Geeti Faramarzi, LLM ’13 Geeti Faramarzi, LLM ’13

Class Note Fall 2015

Geeti Faramarzi, LLM ’13: Assisting with Australian Inquest into 2014 Lindt Café Siege

Long before American television viewers awoke to reports of a suspected terrorist attack in Australia, Geeti Faramarzi, LLM ’13, was watching the chaotic scene unfold live outside her Sydney office. “I was told that an armed robbery was taking place next door at the Lindt Café,” recalls Faramarzi, a solicitor at the Office of the State Coroner of New South Wales (NSW). 

Stunning image of the iconic Law School arches leading the way into the prestigious Law Quad, a breathtaking beauty that captures the essence of legal scholarship and tradition. Stunning image of the iconic Law School arches leading the way into the prestigious Law Quad, a breathtaking beauty that captures the essence of legal scholarship and tradition.

Briefs Winter 2022

News in Brief: Winter 2022

In-person classes and activities resume  |  Professor Richard Primus testifies on DC statehood  |  "Hell raising before finals”  |  and more...

Demian Ahn, ’03 Demian Ahn, ’03

In Practice Fall 2022

From Pizzagate to Private Practice: Navigating Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity

Demian Ahn, ’03, worked at the intersection of radicalized online spaces and violent behavior during his time as an assistant US attorney. 

Jodi Lopez, ’03 and Ben Friedman, ’13 Jodi Lopez, ’03 and Ben Friedman, ’13

In Practice Fall 2022

Litigating Death Row: A Long Road of Loss

For 16 years, Jodi Lopez, ’03, fought to save Matthew Reeves’s life—and twice his life was spared. But the hard-fought victories that Lopez, Ben Friedman, ’13, and others won on Reeves’s behalf were reversed by the US Supreme Court. For Lopez and Friedman, the case raises salient due process questions that warrant examination of and discussion about the American justice system.

Beauty image of the Law School Reading Room Beauty image of the Law School Reading Room

Briefs Fall 2020

News in Briefs: Fall 2020

Michigan Innocence Clinic celebrates 23rd exoneration  |  Historic fundraising year for Student Funded Fellowships  |  Alumni head to Supreme Court  |  and more...

Asim Rehman in front of bridge Asim Rehman in front of bridge

In Practice Winter 2020

Asim Rehman, ’01: Overseeing the Nation’s Largest Police Department

How does one go from working as corporate counsel at MetLife—providing global litigation support to more than 40 foreign MetLife companies—to overseeing the NYPD? “I was working on police accountability issues because they were important to me,” Asim Rehman, ’01, says. “Not because I was looking for a job.” 

Freeing the Wrongfully Convicted: Michigan Innocence Clinic Celebrates 10th Anniversary Freeing the Wrongfully Convicted: Michigan Innocence Clinic Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Features Winter 2020

Freeing the Wrongfully Convicted: Michigan Innocence Clinic Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Twenty-two individuals who were wrongly convicted of crimes and served nearly 290 combined years behind bars have been freed thanks to the work of the Michigan Innocence Clinic (MIC). And for Dave Moran, ’91, and Imran Syed, ’11, each new exoneration is as sweet as the first.