B.A., University of Iowa; J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
Ms. Maher has been the director of the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project in Washington, DC since 2001. During law school she clerked for the U.S. Member to the Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and the Protection of Minorities at the United Nations. After law school, she spent 10 years in private practice at a law firm and as in-house counsel while also working as a volunteer death penalty lawyer.
In her current position Ms. Maher works to improve the quality and availability of legal representation for those charged with or convicted of capital crimes in the United States. Her work includes legal reform efforts with state and national legislators; training of judges and defense lawyers on the fundamentals of effective capital defense; systemic litigation in jurisdictions that fail to provide necessary defense services; and recruiting volunteer lawyers from civil law firms to represent death-sentenced persons who are without counsel. Ms. Maher has been a trainer and lecturer on the death penalty throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, France, Ireland, China, Japan, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
She is the author of a number of articles on the death penalty and has been profiled on the CBS Evening News, as well as in the Washington Post and other publications.