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 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. For 13 years she was the Director of the American Bar Association (ABA) 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, 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 also provided training to capital defense trial lawyers from African countries at Cornell Law School's Makwanyane Institute and trained and consulted with capital defense lawyers at the Military Commissions Defense Organization. Currently, Ms. Maher conducts judicial training throughout Pakistan on mental health issues in the criminal justice system and provides strategic assistance to capital defense lawyers working in Texas. She 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