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Michael Semanchik

Michael Semanchik

Host of For The Innocent and On the Road

Michael Semanchik is the Executive Director of The Innocence Center (TIC), a formidable national legal institution dedicated to liberating the wrongfully incarcerated, fostering public awareness of wrongful convictions, and offering unwavering support to the exonerated. His career, marked by an indomitable commitment to justice, has seen him secure the freedom of eleven innocent individuals who collectively endured over 180 years of unjust imprisonment. Notably, he played a pivotal role in the exoneration of NFL icon Brian Banks, earning him the coveted title of Attorney of the Year from California Lawyer Magazine in 2013. Michael’s influence extends beyond courtrooms, as he has shared his wisdom at educational institutions and appeared frequently in the media. Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Michael Semanchik embodies the relentless pursuit of justice.

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Recent Episodes
April 11, 2024

Zavion’s Story

A Minor Accident Turns Fatal

April 8, 2024

Season 2 Begins

The Lives and Stories of the Wrongfully Convicted

October 20, 2023

Clio Cloud 2023: Amplifying Your Leadership Style in the Face of Adversity

After a long fight for freedom following his wrongful conviction at just 16, exoneree Brian Banks focuses his efforts toward raising awareness and inspiring others. Host Michael Semanchik talks with Brian about...

May 24, 2023

False Confessions (Part 2)

Children in Crosshairs & Innocent People with Guilty Facts

May 24, 2023

False Confessions (Part 1)

Why Innocent People Do It

May 24, 2023

Marty’s Story (Part 2)

Proving His Innocence, Unwinding Corruption, and Getting the Hell Out

May 24, 2023

Marty’s Story (Part 1)

Organized Crime, Questionable Officials, and a False Confession...

April 25, 2023

More Episodes Dropping Soon!

False Confessions, Junk Science, and Deadly Plea Deals

April 14, 2023

False Accusations

Jailhouse Snitches & Confidential Informants: Why the Innocent are Falsely Accused

April 14, 2023

Brian Banks’ Story – Part 3

Starting Over, Clearing His Name, and Making it to the NFL

April 14, 2023

Brian Banks’ Story – Part 2

Surviving in Prison and Fighting for Freedom

April 14, 2023

Brian Banks’ Story – Part 1

From Wrongful Incarceration to Playing in the NFL: A Story of Redemption

March 31, 2023

DNA Evidence (Part 2)

Preserve your evidence and never give up on your innocence...

March 31, 2023

DNA Evidence (Part 1)

Law Enforcement’s most powerful tool is not always reliable.

March 31, 2023

Uriah’s Story

A series of remarkable coincidences can send any of us to prison for crimes we didn’t commit.

March 30, 2023

Welcome to the California Innocence Project Podcast!

The innocent, a system that put them away, and the people who set them free...

April 13, 2022

Innocence Network Annual Conference 2022: Advocating Against the Death Penalty with Sister Helen Prejean

To move away from the death penalty as a country, the public needs be able to see inside the process and understand its effects. Sister Helen Prejean has dedicated much of her...

March 12, 2021

ABA Techshow 2021: Client-Centered Growth Strategies

Forget ads on billboards, buses, and in the Yellow Pages. Building a law practice today requires a new approach.

October 23, 2019

Clio Cloud 2019: Shaka Senghor

Shaka Senghor shares insights from his time in prison and discusses his efforts for criminal justice reform.