Thomas Maher teaches Trial Practice and Criminal Trial Practice. He is a criminal litigation attorney with the Law Offices of Amos Tyndall and previously served as the inaugural executive director of the Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law. For 11 years Maher was executive director of North Carolina's Indigent Defense Services, the state agency that oversees the provision of indigent representation in North Carolina, and prior to that he was executive director of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, which represents clients on death row, trains lawyers involved in post-conviction litigation, and provides assistance and training for lawyers involved in capital trials.
Before joining CDPL Maher was in private practice, representing clients in civil and criminal matters from trial through appeal. Maher earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and his law degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and spent two years clerking for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit before entering practice. Maher has taught trial practice and related classes for many years, both to law students at Duke and to practicing attorneys through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.