Litigator against wrongful convictions joins MacArthur Justice Center of Missouri

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Megan G. Crane has joined the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center of Missouri as an attorney. Crane has represented wrongfully convicted youth in post-conviction litigation in state and federal courts across the country.

Crane received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She received another degree from the University of Michigan Law School, where she graduated cum laude.

Crane has presented lectures and written extensively about false confessions and coercive interrogations of youth by juveniles.

“We are thrilled to have Megan join our team,” Amy Breihan, Director of MacArthur Justice Center’s Missouri office said.

Over the past four years, Crane has served as a co-director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. She co-taught a clinical course on juvenile justice, wrongful convictions and false confessions as well as a summer course on public interest lawyering.

From 2009 to 2010, Crane was a clerk for the Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. From 2010-2012, she was with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco.

From 2012 to 2014, Crane was a legal counsel at the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in California. While there, she represented clients sentenced to death in post-conviction litigation.

In 2014, California Lawyer magazine chose Crane as an Attorney of the Year for her work leading to the overturn of murder and arson convictions against a landlord. She helped prove that the evidence used to convict him was both inaccurate and unreliable.

“[Megan] has dedicated her career to righting wrongs in our criminal legal system,” Breihan said. “Her expertise will prove invaluable to effecting meaningful criminal justice reform here in Missouri.”