Associate Professor of Law
Professor Sarah Gerwig-Moore’s research and teaching interests center around constitutional criminal law; appellate and post-conviction practice and procedure; and experiential public service learning. Since joining the Mercer faculty in 2006, Professor Gerwig-Moore created and now teaches The Habeas Project, which provides representation in pro se criminal and habeas cases pending before the Supreme Court of Georgia. That clinic has briefed and argued dozens of cases—including issues of first impression in the state’s highest court—and has won full or partial relief for many of its clients.
In addition to her clinical courses, Professor Gerwig-Moore directs and teaches in Mercer’s innovative Client Counseling program. She also teaches Law & Literature, the Public Defender Clinic, Externship, and Seminar in the Jurisprudence of Crimes. Convinced of the transformational impact of travel and study abroad, Professor Gerwig-Moore leads Mercer’s Advanced Client Counseling Program in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has taught in The Hague through Stetson University College of Law’s Study Abroad Program. She was also a team leader in a Mercer on Mission service learning trip to Cape Town, South Africa in 2008. She serves as advisor to four student organizations, chairs a number of faculty committees, and sings lead with the law school faculty band.
Professor Gerwig-Moore strives to model community engagement for her students. Appointed by the Mayor of Macon in 2007 (and reappointed by the Chair of the Bibb County Commission), she served on the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission for seven years, serving as chair for five years. She was also a founding Co-Chair of the College Hill Corridor Commission, a transformative effort that greatly impacted the historic residential neighborhoods adjacent to Mercer University and Downtown Macon. In recognition for these and other efforts, Sarah was named to Georgia Trend’s 40 under 40 and in May 2013 received the AALS Clinical Legal Education Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award. Sarah Gerwig-Moore was also honored with the Georgia Bar’s Robert Benham Award for Community Service in 2011.
Before joining the Mercer faculty, Professor Gerwig-Moore was the Senior Appellate Supervising Attorney at the Georgia Public Defender Council (the central office of the statewide public defender system).
Professor Gerwig-Moore received her Bachelor of Arts in English, summa cum laude, from Mercer University, where she performed with a number of choral and orchestral ensembles and was named Outstanding Freshman (1995) and the Outstanding Senior in Great Books (1997). She received her Master of Theological Studies from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and her Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law. While at Emory, she was honored with the Herman Dooyeweerd Prize in Law and Religion and the Myki Mobley Award for Academic Excellence and Social Concern.