Sarah Anne Mourer has over 25 years litigation and trial experience. She has tried hundreds of criminal felony and misdemeanor trials, both State and Federal. Since her first days as a law student, Sarah knew she wanted to be in court and fight for justice. She started her career as a Dade County Public Defender, a place where the odds are against you and winning takes tenacity and devotion. Sarah has always maintained her fierce passion for justice and her unrelenting zeal to protect her clients’ rights; achieving only the best possible outcomes for her clients.
As the former Director and Founder of The University of Miami School of Law’s Innocence Clinic, Sarah represented up to 1500 clients during their post-conviction proceedings while supervising students. The Clinic is the o
nly law school clinic in Florida to be accepted into the National Network of Innocence Projects; in fact it was admitted during its first year of operation. In addition, Sarah founded and developed the State’s only law school Death Penalty Clinic. In this capacity, Sarah, along with community attorneys and her studentsrepresented individuals facing the death penalty. During her time at the Death Penalty Clinic no client received the death penalty.
During Sarah’s time as a law professor she taught a wide range of doctrinal and clinical courses. As a result, Sarah possesses extensive legal knowledge both state and federal. Additionally, for the past 20 years Sarah has taught trials skills. She became a certified trial instructor with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in which she taught trial skills to seasoned attorneys. Sarah was a training attorney at the Dade County Public Defender’s Office, coached Miami Law’s Trial Team, and taught all of Miami Law’s trial skills programs including directing its nationally acclaimed Litigation Skills Program.
Sarah is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from the death penalty and trial advocacy, to the Fourth Amendment and wrongful convictions. Sarah published articles ranging from suggestive eyewitness identification, federal habeas corpus to death penalty and clinical teaching.
An honor student at the University of Florida and member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, she graduated with a BS in Psychology. Sarah attended the University of Miami Law School. She graduated with a JD, Cum Laude, and received the highest award attainable in the Litigation Skills Program: The Ewald Scholar, awarded for trial advocacy skill and high ethical standards. Sarah proudly joins the team at The Berman Law Group to continue to obtain only the best outcomes for her clients and protect the rights of her clients to the outer bounds of the law.
- Criminal Defense: All Matters:
- Federal and State
- White Collar
- Felonies (all levels)
- Driving Offenses
- Government Investigations
- Federal and State
- Family Law: All Matters:
- Advice in preparation of dissolution / leaving
- Domestic Violence advice (discretion and privacy highly prioritized)
- Financial advice
- Child Custody Matters
- Child Support
- Equitable Distribution of Assets
- Domestic Violence Matters
- visitation, parental responsibility, child support, alimony
- Personal Injury:
- Personal Injury recovery
- Wrongful Death
- Personal Injury Protection
- Automobile Accidents
- Negligence claims
- Believe it or Not: Mitigating the Negative Effects Personal Belief and Bias have on the Criminal Justice System by Sarah A. Mourer, Hofstra Law Review, Vol. 43, Issue 4 (spring 2015).
- ForgettingFurman: Arbitrary Death Penalty Sentencing Schemes Across the Nationby Sarah A. Mourer, William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Vol. 22 Issue 4 p. 1183 (May 2014).
- Working in Innocence Programs: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Innocence Work But Were Afraid To Ask by Sarah A. Mourer (Vandeplas Publishing, LLC) (January 2013) ISBN 978-1-60042-184-6.
- Sarah A. Mourer, Study, Support, and Save: Teaching Sensitivity in the Law School Death Penalty Clinic, 67 U. Miami L., Rev 357 (2013).
- Sarah Anne Mourer, Gateway to Justice: Constitutional Claims to Actual Innocence, 64 U. Miami L., Rev 1279 (2010).
- Sarah Anne Mourer, Reforming Eyewitness Identification Procedures under the Fourth Amendment, 3 Duke J. Const. L. & Pub. Pol’y 49 (2008).
- This article was used by the Florida Innocence Commission in its evaluation of Florida’s problems with its policies and procedures regarding eyewitness identification.