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ADVISORS

 

Our advisers have particular skills and experience. They are important relationships to which we turn for advice and assistance. They are greatly appreciated.

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David Moran

Innocence Project Director

David is a professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at his alma mater, University of Michigan, where he graduated magna cum laude. He has served as a clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, an assistant defender at the State Appellate Defender Office in Detroit, and as an associate dean for academic affairs at Wayne State University Law School.

In 2009 he co-founded the Michigan Innocence Clinic, which litigates on behalf of innocent prisoners in cases without DNA evidence and has resulted in the exoneration of 18 people with more than 250 years of wrongful imprisonment. Additionally, he has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court a total of six times, and includes Halbert v. Michigan among his most important cases.

David was named the “Michigan Lawyer of the Year” in 2010 by Michigan Lawyer's Weekly and a “Michiganian of the Year” in 2016 by The Detroit News due to his role in exonerating a Michigan Innocence client.

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Doug Bucher

Investigator

Doug Bucher has over 30 years of experience in corporate, criminal, and civil investigations, and is the Director of Corporate Consulting and Investigations for Recon Management Group, LLC, a Security Consulting and Investigations firm.

In addition to being an adviser, Doug has been involved in multiple PI funded investigations by providing guidance, subject experts, locating and interviewing witnesses, while objectively reviewing each case and evidence, as well as attempting to gather new evidence, and locating additional witnesses.

Doug studied Criminal Justice at Oakland University and began his career in law enforcement as a reserve officer, then pursued a career in corporate security. During his career he’s managed cases at the local, state and federal levels, to include investigations of high ranking company officials, and organized criminal groups, for both prosecution and defense. In addition to supporting PI, Doug continues to manage investigations locally, throughout the United States, and abroad.

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Dr. Marvin Zalman

Professor Constitutional Law

Professor Zalman came to Wayne State University in 1980 as chair of the then new Criminal Justice Department. He previously taught at the Criminal Justice Department at Michigan State University and in the law faculty at Ahmadu Bello University in northern Nigeria. His work in constitutional criminal procedure focuses on the limits of state power and individual liberty. His textbook case book Criminal Procedure: Constitution and Society, 6th edition (Prentice Hall 2011) integrates legal, social scientific, and criminal justice policy approaches. He currently serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals: Criminal Law Bulletin, Criminal Justice Review, Journal of Crime & Justice and Justice System Journal. He is listed in Who's Who in American Law (14th edition, 2005-2006) and Who's Who in America (60th edition, 2006).

Dr. Zalman has directed nine master’s thesis on wrongful convictions subject matter, published in more than twenty-five academic journals, participated or led in at least twenty-four funded research/scholarly projects and presented papers and led seminars both nationally and internationally. His most recent book is Wrongful Conviction and Criminal Justice Reform: Making Justice

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Errol Liverpool

Therapist

Errol Liverpool was born in Guyana, South America, and is the seventh of thirteen children. He holds a BA in Theology from the University of Southern Caribbean (1980), and an MA in Counseling from Andrews University, Berrien Springs Michigan (1986). He also holds a PhD. in Counselor Education from Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan (2001). He is the President of Clear Choices Counseling and Psychiatry, a full service out-patient psychiatric facility. He has served as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University since 1998. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit, Mercy and currently serves in the same capacity at Spring Arbor University.

Errol and his wife, Nathalie, wed in 1981, have two adult daughters, Toula and Meika, who are both married. Dr. and Mrs. Liverpool are the proud grandparents of two beautiful granddaughters.

Dr. Liverpool became interested in wrongful convictions after watching a 60 Minutes piece.

Dr. Liverpool is a member of several professional organizations and has written several articles. He has given expert testimony in several custody cases. Dr. Liverpool is an ordained minister and is passionate about fighting for the wrongfully convicted.

You may email Errol at errolliverpool@gmail.com.

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Greta Zalman

Advisor to the board

While Greta Zalman was an attorney, she generously contributed her time and effort in establishing Proving Innocence as a non-profit corporation. She assisted the Board of Directors in obtaining 501(c)(3) status and continues to support our organization in a non-legal capacity.

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Herb Welser

Investigator

Herb was involved in Temujin Kensu's case and thoroughly believed in his innocence. He has been a regular advisor to PI, helping with investigations and helping us to secure other investigators.

Herb has been a licensed Michigan Professional Investigator since 2005. He is retired from the Port Huron Police Department after 31 years of service. His position at retirement was Detective Lieutenant. Herb is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Staff and Command and is a member of the National Association of Legal Investigators and Michigan Council of Professional Investigators.

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Marla Mitchell-Cichon

Innocence Project Director

Marla Mitchell-Cichon is a professor at Western Michigan University and serves as the director of the Cooley Innocence Project, which works to release factually innocent Michigan prisoners through the use of DNA testing. The project, which includes faculty and students, have successfully exonerated three clients and in 2014 won the Outstanding Community Contribution award from the WMU-Cooley Student Bar Association. She also helped develop the Access to Justice Clinic at the Grand Rapids campus and continues to work closely with them today.

She includes among her litigation experience cases before the Michigan and Ohio Supreme Courts, and has practiced criminal and poverty law rigorously. Professor Mitchell-Cichon also works on legislative reform to improve the criminal justice system, and includes areas such as criminal law, elder law, ethics, and clinical teaching among her publications.

In 2006 she was awarded the Justice for All Award from Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan and in 2016 she was the recipient of the State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice award.

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Zieva Konvisser

Writer

Dr. Zieva Dauber Konvisser earned her PhD in human development at Fielding Graduate University. She is a Fellow of the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Wayne State University. As a researcher, her work focuses on the human impact of traumatic events, such as terrorism, genocide, combat, and wrongful conviction, and the possibility of positive change. Her passion is to give voice to trauma survivors, in particular the innocent women who have been wrongfully convicted and freed or exonerated, and to learn from them about their experiences and their unique qualities and needs. She is the Oral Historian at the Holocaust Center in Farmington Hills, MI, served on the National Commission on American Jewish Women, and is currently on the international board of METIV: The Israel Psychotrauma Center, the advisory board of Strength to Strength, the board of Proving Innocence, and the Innocence Network Research Review Committee. She is the author of Living Beyond Terrorism: Israeli Stories of Hope and Healing and publishes and presents her work both nationally and internationally.

You may write Zieva at zkonvisser@comcast.net.

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