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Sarah Gerwig

Professor Sarah Gerwig

Director of Experiential Education and Professor of Law



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Sarah Gerwig is a Professor at Mercer University School of Law, where she has previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Shortly after joining the law faculty in 2006, she founded the nationally-recognized Habeas Project, which provides pro bono representation in post-conviction cases across Georgia. She directs Mercer’s unique Introduction to Client Counseling program, and her textbook, What Brings You Here Today? An Introduction to Client Counseling, was published in Summer 2021. Professor Gerwig is a McDonald Distinguished Fellow with Emory University’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Law and Religion, and she also writes on topics related to criminal law, mass incarceration, social justice, and legal education. Beyond her teaching and scholarship, she is engaged with a number of statewide nonprofit organizations, including the Georgia Resource Center, the Georgia Innocence Project, and the Altamaha Riverkeeper.

Before joining the Mercer faculty, Professor Gerwig was the Senior Appellate Supervising Attorney in the central office of Georgia’s statewide public defender system. She received her BA, summa cum laude, from Mercer University; her JD from Emory Law School; and her Master of Theological Studies from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where she studied with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Her other honors include the Candler School of Theology Distinguished Alumni Award (2017); the Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award from the AALS Clinical Legal Education Section (2013); the Robert J. Benham Award Community Service Award (2011); and in 2016 was named as one of Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40.

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