Associate Professor of Law
Professor Sarah Gerwig-Moore is a tenured Associate Professor at Mercer Law School in Macon, Georgia. Her teaching and scholarship interests are in constitutional criminal law, law and literature, and experiential public service learning. When she joined the Mercer faculty in 2006, she created The Habeas Project, which provides pro bono representation in pro se cases pending before the Supreme Court of Georgia and in other cases presenting pressing constitutional issues. That clinic has briefed and argued over seventy matters—including cases of first impression—and has won full or partial relief on behalf of many of its clients. She teaches Criminal Law, Law & Literature; Client Counseling; directs the Public Defender Externship; and enjoys teaching in summer programs both at Mercer and abroad.
Beyond her work at the law school, Professor Gerwig-Moore is active in the Macon community. She served two terms on the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission, four years as Chair. She was also the founding Co-Chair of the College Hill Corridor Commission—an organization noted for its visible progress in neighborhood revitalization and values of transparency and civic engagement.
Before joining the Mercer Law School faculty, Sarah was the Senior Appellate Supervising Attorney at the Georgia Public Defender Council (the central office of the statewide public defender system). She received her BA, summa cum laude, from Mercer University, her Master of Theological Studies from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, and her JD from Emory University School of Law. Honors and awards include the Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award from the AALS Clinical Legal Education Section (2013); the Robert J. Benham Award Community Service Award (2011); the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia "Commitment to Justice" Award (2006); the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Case of the Year Award (2006 and 2009); Candler School of Theology’s Myki Mobley Award for Academic Excellence and Social Concern (2002); and Emory Law School’s Herman Dooyeweerd Prize in Law and Religion (2002). She was named to Georgia Trend’s “Forty Under Forty” in 2015.
She lives in Macon with her two sons, Dean and Eliot, and their animal friends.