Faculty Information

  • Biography

    B.A., Middlebury College
    J.D., George Washington University National Law Center

    Professor Maurer Directs Albany Law School’s Field Placement and Pro Bono Scholars programs and teaches courses in Negotiating for Lawyers and Legal Issues in Medicine. Professor Maurer founded and for many years directed the Civil Rights and Disabilities Law Clinic in which law students, working under faculty supervision, represented clients in discrimination, public entitlements, education or other disability rights matters. She co-developed Albany’s Introduction to Lawyering course which is designed to expose first year law students to essential research, writing, and lawyering skills in context, and to teach them to think like professionals. She writes and lectures in the areas of legal education and disability law. She is an editor of the 3rd edition of LEARNING FROM PRACTICE: A TEXT FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEGAL EDUCATION. She is also an editor of the New York State Bar Association three book series DISABILITY LAW AND PRACTICE (book three forthcoming in 2016). Professor Maurer is the 2015 recipient of the Albany Law Faculty Excellence in Service Award.

    Prior to joining the Albany Law faculty, Professor Maurer practiced law with Legal Services in Charleston, S.C. and later served as staff attorney for New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for People with Disabilities. She is a member and former co-chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Disability Rights and Serves on the Board of Directors of Disability Rights New York, Inc.

Bo​oks

  • Learning from Practice: A Text for Experiential Legal Education, 3rd Ed. (West Academic Publishing, 2016)

  • Disability Law and Practice: Special Education, Assistive Technology and Vocational Rehabilitation, New York State Bar Association, Co-Editor (with Simeon Goldman) (Vol. 1, 2013)

Publications

  • Learning from Practice: A Text for Experiential Legal Education, 3rd Ed. (West Academic Publishing, 2016)

  • Ethical Issues in Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity, chapter 1 in Disability Law and Practice: Special Education, Assistive Technology and Vocational Rehabilitation (New York State Bar Association, 2013).

  • Disability Law and Practice: Special Education, Assistive Technology and Vocational Rehabilitation, New York State Bar Association, Co-Editor (with Simeon Goldman) (Vol. 1, 2013)

  • Albany Law School’s Civil Rights and Disabilities Law Clinic: Thirty Years of Education and Experience, Government Law and Policy Review Journal, (with Bridgit Burke) Winter 2012.

  • Design, Teach and Manage: Ensuring Educational Integrity in Field Placement Courses, 19 CLIN. L. REV. 115 (2012) (with Liz Ryan Cole)

  • Addressing Problems of Power in Field Placements, 17 Clinical Law Review 145 (2010) (with Robert Seibel)papers.cfm

  • Handling Big Cases in Law School Clinics, or Lessons from My Clinic Sabbatical, 9 Clinical Law Review 879 (2003)

  • Co-Editor, REPRESENTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, 3rd ed. (New York State Bar Association, 2000), and 2003 Supplement

  • Ethical Conflicts in Representing People with Questionable Capacity, in REPRESENTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, 3rd ed. (New York State Bar Association, 2000) (with Patricia W. Johnson), and 2003 Supplement

  • Ethical Conflicts in Representing People with Questionable Capacity, in REPRESENTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, 2nd ed. (New York State Bar Association, 1997) (with Patricia W. Johnson)

  • Facilitated Communication: Can Children with Autism Have a Voice in Court? 6 Maryland Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues 233 (1995)papers.cfm

  • Introduction to Lawyering: Teaching First-Year Students to Think Like Professionals, (with Linda Fitts Mischler) 44 Journal of Legal Education 96 (1994)papers.cfm

  • Ethical Conflicts in Representing People with Questionable Capacity, in REPRESENTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES (New York State Bar Association, 1991) 1992-93 Supplement (with Patricia W. Johnson)

  • GUARDIANSHIP FOR PERSONS WHO ARE MENTALLY RETARDED: A MANUAL BY THE NEW YORK STATE COMMISSION ON QUALITY OF CARE FOR THE MENTALLY DISABLED (New York State Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled, October 1982)

Forthcoming Publications

  • Chapter, Ethical Issues in Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity, DISABILITY RIGHTS AND LAW, New York State Bar Association, (forthcoming 2013).

Selected Achievements

  • Served as Co-Chair of AALS Clinical Section Externship Committee. 

  • Plenary Panel Presentation, AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, “Outside the In-House Clinic:  Teaching Students to Learn from Practice Settings,” April, 2013.

  • Panel Presentation on Teaching Methods Section Program, “Faculty Collaboration” at AALS Annual Meeting, January 2013.

  • Spoke to the Clinical faculty at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law about expanding field externship opportunities for students on April 2, 2013.

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