Mike has been an attorney with the Project since 2011. In his earlier years, Mike graduated cum laude from California Western School of Law where he was student in the California Innocence Project. After passing the California State Bar, Mike first worked as an investigator for the California Innocence Project and later became a staff attorney. Mike has spoken at a number of conferences related to investigations and innocence work including the Defense Investigators Association Conference, the Innocence Network Conference, and SDSU School of Public Affairs.
Over the course of his career, he has lent his investigatory skills to break open many cases which have led to exonerations. He currently authors petitions filed on behalf of the Project’s clients, as well as directs and supervises clinic student casework. In 2012, California Lawyer Magazine recognized Mike’s work with the California Lawyer of the Year award. In 2014, the San Diego Daily Transcript recognized Mike as a “Top Attorney.”
FOX's "Proven Innocent" creator David Elliot, California Innocence Project managing attorney Michael Semanchik, and real-life exoneree Jason Strong, talk about wrongful convictions and the inspiration behind the new show.
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