Wayne State University

Accomplishments

October 8, 2007
 recently won a big case that he had been litigating, along with co-counsel, for seven years on behalf of the ACLU of Michigan. In Platte v. Thomas Township, Federal District Judge David Lawson struck down a portion of the Michigan "minor-in-possession" of alcohol statute as "repugnant to the Fourth Amendment." The challenged provision authorized police to force pedestrians under 21 years of age to take breathalyzer tests to determine whether they had been drinking. Judge Lawson accepted Dean Moran's argument that the police cannot force pedestrians to take chemical tests without a warrant absent a true emergency. The opinion is online at: http://www.mied.uscourts.gov/Opinions/lawsonpdf/05-10200.pdf


October 9, 2006
's article, "Don't Worry, I'll Be Right Back: Temporary Absences of Counsel During Criminal Trials and the Rule of Automatic Reversal," was published at 85 Nebraska Law Review 186 (2006).


September 18, 2006
 spoke on the history of determinate sentencing in the United States as part of a panel presentation, Sentencing after U.S. v. Booker, at the annual meeting of the National Bar Association in Detroit in August 2006.

In September 2006, he published The End of the Exclusionary Rule, Among Other Things: The Roberts Court Takes on the Fourth Amendment, 2006 Cato Sup. Ct. Rev. 283 (2006).

Advocating for justice, serving the community, revitalizing Detroit and Michigan