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]

Robin M. Maher’s experience includes direct representation of state and federally death-sentenced prisoners; extensive 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.  For thirteen years she was the Director of the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project where she led the effort the resulted in the 2003 ABA Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance of Defense Counsel in Death Penalty Cases.  She is a frequent author and speaker on the death penalty and the importance of ensuring high quality legal representation for all those facing a possible death sentence.

Internationally, Ms. Maher has organized and served as faculty at legal conferences with judicial groups and bar associations in China, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Taiwan, and Vietnam.  She has lectured on the death penalty throughout Europe and was a consultant and trainer with Cornell Law School’s Makwanyane Institute, an intensive training program for African capital defense lawyers.  Ms. Maher is the recipient of awards from the American Bar Association, Witness to Innocence, and the National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates & Mitigation Specialists.  


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