Robin M. Maher

Portrait of Robin M. Maher
Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
United States
[email protected]

Ms. Maher’s experience includes representation of state and federally death-sentenced prisoners; training of judges and defense lawyers; legal reform efforts and systemic litigation to secure necessary resources for the defense function; expert witness testimony; and recruitment of pro bono lawyers from civil law firms. Currently, she works at the United States Department of Justice in the Office for Access to Justice. 

For 13 years Ms. Maher was the Director of the American Bar Association (ABA) Death Penalty Representation Project where she led the effort that resulted in the 2003 ABA Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases, now the national standard of care. She is a frequent author and speaker on the death penalty, the ethical and professional responsibilities of defense counsel, and the importance of ensuring high-quality legal representation for all those facing a possible death sentence.

Ms. Maher has lectured on the death penalty throughout Europe and Asia and at international conferences. For the past twenty years, she has organized and trained at conferences for judicial groups and bar associations in China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Taiwan, and Vietnam. She has trained and consulted with capital defense lawyers at the Military Commissions Defense Organization and served as Resource Counsel to Texas capital defense teams in federal habeas proceedings. Ms. Maher is the recipient of awards from the ABA, Witness to Innocence, and the National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates & Mitigation Specialists.




BA, University of Iowa; JD, University of Minnesota Law School