Miriam Gohara

Clinical Associate Professor of Law


Miriam Gohara is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Gohara spent sixteen years representing death-sentenced clients in post-conviction litigation, first as assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) and then as a specially designated federal public defender with the Federal Capital Habeas Project.

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Miriam Gohara

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1997

B.A., Columbia University, 1994

Courses Taught


  • Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic
  • Advanced Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic
  • Advanced Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic
  • Challenging Mass Incarceration Clinic

Miriam Gohara is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Before joining the Yale Law School faculty, Professor Gohara spent sixteen years representing death-sentenced clients in post-conviction litigation, first as assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) and then as a specially designated federal public defender with the Federal Capital Habeas Project. Professor Gohara has litigated cases in state and federal courts around the United States, including the United States Supreme Court. At LDF, she also spearheaded the Mississippi Gideon Project, a policy and public education campaign which aimed to establish a quality statewide public defender system and became a model for indigent defense reform efforts nationally.

Professor Gohara teaches and writes about capital and non-capital sentencing, incarceration, and the historical and social forces implicated in culpability and punishment.

In the spring of 2013, Professor Gohara was a visiting clinical professor at Columbia Law School, where she taught students to represent youth and adults in civil proceedings collateral to criminal cases, including school disciplinary hearings and housing evictions resulting from tenants' criminal prosecutions. Professor Gohara is a member of the board of trustees of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Columbia University.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020


As COVID Ravages the US, Bankers Loot Small Business Programs

Clinical Associate Professor of Law Miriam Gohara was a guest on Sputnik News where she discussed the death penalty.

Monday, July 6, 2020


Into Resuming Federal Executions

Clinical Associate Professor of Law Miriam Gohara was a guest on the NBC News “Into America” podcast where she discussed the death penalty.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020


Inmate serving life for double murder seeks reprieve amid coronavirus crisis

Clinical Associate Professor of Law Miriam Gohara is quoted in the CT Post about an inmate represented by the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization in his bid for a temporary medical furlough.

Friday, August 9, 2019


The Trump Administration’s Execution Plan is a Disservice to America — A Commentary by Miriam Gohara

Miriam Gohara is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019


Death Penalty Questionable as a Deterrent to Mass Killing

Clinical Associate Professor Miriam Gohara is quoted in an article about the death penalty as punishment for mass shootings.

Friday, July 26, 2019


Opponents Vow to Challenge Justice Decision on Death Penalty

Clinical Associate Professor of Law Miriam Gohara is quoted about the Justice Department’s announcement that the federal government will resume executions.

Monday, March 25, 2019


Bill Flows from Criminal Justice Clinic’s Work on Parole Revocation Reform

On March 22, 2019, the Samuel Jacobs Criminal Justice Clinic (CJC) submitted testimony to the Connecticut General Assembly in support of Senate Bill 880, “An Act Increasing Fairness and Transparency in the Criminal Justice System.” CJC’s testimony supports the bill’s parole revocation provisions, which establish data collection and rep

Thursday, March 7, 2019


A prison program in Connecticut seeks to find out what happens when prisoners are treated as victims—A Commentary by Miriam Gohara

Miriam Gohara is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Monday, August 27, 2018


How Criminal Justice Reform Can Move Forward in the Trump Era

Scholarship by Clinical Associate Professor of Law Miriam Gohara is the subject of an article about criminal justice reform in the Trump era.