Brown's head coach, Lars Tiffany, was extremely supportive, Seligmann said, going so far as to save him a roster spot through the end of the trial in the spring of 2007.
"He was one of the first calls I made after we were exonerated," Seligmann said of Tiffany. "I wasn't accepted into Brown yet, but I was hopeful I would be. Either way, I wanted to thank him." Seligmann enrolled at Brown in fall 2008 and started five of 13 games for the Bears at midfield that year. He also became involved in the Innocence Project, a national nonprofit created to exonerate wrongly convicted people and reform the criminal justice system.
Seligmann first learned about the project when he, Finnerty and David Evans were invited to a benefit honoring recently freed persons who'd been wrongly convicted and served jail time. "That's when I realized this is an incredible organization," Seligmann said. "If you hear these people speak, you can't believe some of the injustices they faced."
He decided to become involved at a collegiate level, bringing the idea of raising funds for the Innocence Project to his new teammates. The team holds an annual 36-hour run and donates the proceeds to a chosen cause. In 2008, they selected the Innocence Project and raised more than $20,000. As a result of his efforts, Seligmann received the inaugural IMLCA Boston Market Humanitarian Award, which recognizes student-athletes for their strategies and efforts in addressing community needs with campus-based efforts.
Seligmann had a strong 2009 on the field, winning the most improved award after finishing as the team's fourth-leading scorer and totaling the most assists among midfielders. He's expected to build on those numbers in 2010 while playing his final season of collegiate lacrosse. He has also continued to work with the Innocence Project, recently working to organize a symposium at Brown of experts who look at current ID'ing procedures for criminals. Seligmann hopes to attend law school after graduation and perhaps one day work with those who are wrongly accused.
"I'd never compare myself to the exonerees," Seligmann said. "But they've taught me that you don't have time to be bitter about what's happened to you. You need to look back on your experiences and try to enact positive change."