Sarah A. Mourer, Esq.
Sarah A. Mourer
Sarah A. Mourer, Assistant 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 directs the University of Miami Innocence Project which has been accepted as part of the National Innocence Network.
Professor Mourer also founded and directs the Miami Capital Defense Project where students along with Professor Mourer and community capital attorneys litigate death penalty cases. The Capital Defense Project works in collaboration with the Florida Capital Resource Center to assist capital defense attorneys provide effective and ethical representation to those facing the death penalty. Recently, the Capital Defense Project gained recognition after two students along with Terence Lenamon (Director of Florida Capital Resource Center), David Markus, and Professor Mourer as co-counsel obtained a life sentence for Grady Nelson. The case was highly publicized in part due to the violent nature of the crime. She teaches in the University of Miami Clinical Placement Program and the University of Miami Externship Program, and teaches Substantive Criminal Law.
Professor Mourer 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. She is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from trial advocacy and clinical teaching, to the Fourth Amendment and wrongful convictions. Recently, Professor Mourer was the Interim Director of the nationally acclaimed University of Miami School of Law Litigation Skills Program for one year.
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