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Sarah A. Mourer

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Sarah A. Mourer

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

Telephone: 305-284-4578   |   Office: Legal Services of Greater Miami
Curriculum Vitae

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 in its first semester of operation. 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. She taught in the University of Miami Clinical Placement Program, and the University of Miami Externship Program. She also taught Substantive Criminal Law and directed the Litigation Skills Program.

She is an instructor and lecturer for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and has coached 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 has published articles ranging from suggestive eyewitness identification, federal habeas corpus to death penalty clinical teaching.

Professor Mourer published the only text book available for students participating in Innocence Projects titled Working in Innocence Programs.


Gateway to Justice: Constitutional Claims to Actual Innocence, 64 U. Miami L. Rev. 1279 (2010).

Working In Innocence Programs: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Innocence Work But Were Afraid To Ask (Vandeplas Publishing, LLC), January 2013.

Study, Support, and Save: Teaching Sensitivity in the Law School Death Penalty Clinic, 67 U. Miami L. Rev. 357 (2013).

Reforming Eyewitness Identification Procedures under the Fourth Amendment, ___ Duke J. Const. L. & Pub. Pol'y ___ (forthcoming 2008).