Sarah A. Mourer
Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education
Director, Death Penalty Clinic and Innocence Clinic
J.D. 1993, University of Miami School of Law
Sarah A. Mourer, Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education, received her B.S. from the University of Florida with honors and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Miami. Upon graduation, she practiced criminal defense as a trial attorney for eleven years with the Dade County Public Defender’s Office.
She tried over 75 trials as lead counsel including capital sexual battery, sanity, juvenile, and all levels of homicide. She founded and directs the University of Miami Innocence Clinic which was accepted as part of the National Innocence Network. Professor Mourer also founded and directs the Miami Law Death Penalty Clinic where students along with Professor Mourer and community capital attorneys litigate death penalty cases.
The Death Penalty Clinic assists capital defense attorneys represent those facing the death penalty. Recently, the Death Penalty Clinic gained recognition after two students along with Professor Mourer as co-counsel obtained a life sentence jury recommendation for Grady Nelson after a 6 week sentencing hearing. The case was highly publicized in part due to the violent nature of the crime.
She is an instructor and lecturer for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and coaches the University of Miami’s School of Law Mock Trial Team. Professor Mourer is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from the death penalty and trial advocacy, to the Fourth Amendment and wrongful convictions. Professor Mourer recently published articles ranging from suggestive eyewitness identification, federal habeas corpus to battered mothers and family law. Recently, Professor Mourer was the Interim Director of the nationally acclaimed University of Miami School of Law Litigation Skills Program for one year.
At Miami Law she teaches in the University of Miami Clinical Placement Program and the University of Miami Externship Program, and teaches Substantive Criminal Law.
Reforming Eyewitness Identification Procedures under the Fourth Amendment, ___ Duke J. Const. L. & Pub. Pol'y ___ (forthcoming 2008).