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We at Michigan Lawyers Weekly were proud yesterday to name our 2010 Lawyer of the Year, David A. Moran, co-director of the University of Michigan Innocence Clinic, at our annual Leaders in the Law luncheon in Troy.

Moran left his teaching position at Wayne State University in 2008 to start work at U of M, where he helped open the clinic. In its first year of operation, the clinic successfully worked to on the exoneration of two men, Marvin and DeShawn Reed. The clinic was also able to get new trials for two others.

For full coverage of Lawyer of the Year, be sure to read Michigan Lawyers Weekly on March 22.

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SADO chief Neuhard is MiLW’s Lawyer of the Year

James R. Neuhard, director of Michigan’s State Appellate Defender Office, has been selected as the Lawyer of the Year by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

James R. Neuhard - I cant think of people who have more problems than the convicted.

James R. Neuhard - "I can't think of people who have more problems than the convicted."

Neuhard was chosen this afternoon from a group of lawyers who were given MiLW’s Leaders in the Law Award.

In the words of Glenda Russell, MiLW’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief:

Jim Neuhard represents those who are poor and imprisoned, those who much of society wishes would just disappear, or, at least, be treated as separate and unequal.

True, many of them are guilty, which does make them separate.

But Jim is that nagging voice inside all of our heads, that voice that says, “Yes, separate, but still protected by the Constitution of the United States of America.”

In other words, equal under the law.

Neuhard will barely have time to bask in the glory of being MiLW’s 2009 Lawyer of the Year. He’s due in Washington, D.C. early tomorrow to attend a Congressional hearing about the sorry state of Michigan’s indigent-defense system.

Our own Carol Lundberg will be there, too, to cover the hearing.

We’ll have more about Neuhard and the hearing in the March 30 issue of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.