About Megan Crane
Megan G. Crane is an experienced criminal and civil rights litigator who has focused her career on overturning wrongful convictions and representing individuals sentenced to extreme sentences, including the death penalty and life without parole. Most recently, Megan was a civil rights attorney with the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center in St. Louis, where she focused on criminal justice reform and prisoner’s rights litigation, including multiple class action lawsuits against on behalf of Missouri’s prisoners.
Megan was previously the co-director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY) at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where she represented wrongfully convicted youth in post-conviction litigation in state and federal court. She was lead counsel for the team that exonerated Davontae Sanford, who was wrongfully convicted of quadruple homicide in Detroit after falsely confessing at only 14 years old. In addition to her representation of individuals, Megan regularly assisted in litigation across the country, as amicus counsel and/or a consultant, of cases involving coercive interrogations of youth and their involuntary confessions, as well as extreme sentencing of youth. She has co-authored amicus briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court addressing these issues.
At Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Megan taught clinical courses on criminal post-conviction defense litigation, juvenile justice, and wrongful convictions, as well as a practicum course on public interest lawyering. Megan also frequently presents across the country and has published numerous articles on police interrogations of youth. She has a particular research and practice interest in childhood trauma as a risk factor for involuntary confessions.
Megan began her post-conviction career in California representing men and women sentenced to death while working with the Habeas Corpus Resource Center (HCRC). Before HCRC, she was a commercial litigator with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco. In 2013, Megan received a California Attorney of the Year award for her successful pro bono representation, in partnershipwith the Northern California Innocence Project, of Greek immigrant George Souliotes, who was wrongfully convicted of arson and triple murder and sentenced to life without parole. Mr. Souliotes was finally granted federal habeas relief after 17 years in prison and released in 2013.
Megan is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of Michigan Law School. After graduating law school, Megan clerked for Honorable Noel Anketell Kramer on the D.C. Court of Appeals.