Laurence M. Katz Professor of Law
Director, Juvenile Justice Project, Co-director, Mediation Clinic for Families
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 430
Administrative Assistant: Shavaun O'Brien
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 1112
J.D., New York University, 1978
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston College, 1975
Areas of Expertise
Access to Justice Issues
Before joining the faculty in 1988, Murphy was on the faculty of Georgetown University Law Center and was in private practice with a Baltimore law firm specializing in employment and family law. Her prior experience also includes three years as managing attorney of Community Law Offices in the District of Columbia and three years as an appellate litigator for the federal government arguing cases in the United States Courts of Appeals throughout the country. Murphy served as director of Clinical Education from 2000 to 2004, and associate dean for Academic Affairs from 2008 to 2010. In May, 2014 she was appointed the Laurence M. Katz Professor of Law.
Murphy has published several articles on family and children's issues in the Cornell Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, the ABA Family Law Quarterly and several other journals. She is also the co-author of two books on family conflict resolution. She is the recipient of numerous grants to conduct empirical research to improve the legal system, including a two-year domestic violence study funded by the National Institute for Justice. From 1990 to 1992, she was the vice president of the Women's Law Center. She has served on the Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and chaired the section from 1996 to 1997. In 1995, Murphy was appointed by the attorney general and lieutenant governor to Maryland's Family Violence Council. She has served as chair of the Association of American Law School's Section on Family and Juvenile Law and was appointed to the AALS Committee on Clinical Legal Education in 1999. She has also chaired the American Bar Association's Committee on Clinical and Skills Education and regularly serves on ABA site accreditation teams for the law schools throughout the country. She is on the Editorial Board of the Family Court Review. She received the University System of Maryland's 2004 Award for Faculty Excellence and was the first recipient of the University of Baltimore's Presidential Faculty Award in 2004.
She is the recipient of numerous other awards including the 2015 Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland’s 25th Anniversary Honoree Partner Award, the 2011 Maryland Legal Aid Centennial Champion of Human Rights and Justice, The Daily Record's 2004 Leadership in Law Award and the 2003 Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award. In 1999, Murphy was named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women, and, in 1996, received the law school's Full-Time Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award.
She has lectured on comparative family law at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, the University of Sarajevo and Shandong University, China. In spring 2000, she was a visiting professor at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. Murphy is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and New York bars.
Books and Book Chapters
Divorced from Reality: Rethinking Family Dispute Resolution (NYU Press 2015) (with Jana Singer).
The Role of Political and Social Movements on Women's Entry into the Legal Profession in Maryland: 1902 – 1918, in Finding Justice ( Thompson/UVA Press 2015).
Resolving Family Conflicts (co-editor with Jana Singer) (Ashgate 2008)
Articles and Essays
Reproducing Gender and Race Inequality in the Blawgosphere , 41 Harv. J.L. & Gender (2018) (co-authored with Solangel Maldonado).
Moving Family Dispute Resolution from the Court System to the Community, 75 Md. L. Rev. Endnotes 11 (2016)(co-authored with Jana Singer)
Revitalizing the Adversary System in Family Law, 78 U.Cin. L. Rev. 891 (2010)
Legal Images of Fatherhood: Welfare Reform, Child Support Enforcement, and Fatherless Children, 81 Notre Dame L. Rev. 118 (2005)
Domestic Violence and Mediation: Developing Screens to Keep Square Pegs From Round Holes, 39 Fam. L.Q. 1 (2005) (co-authored with Robert Rubinson).
Engaging With The State: The Growing Reliance on Lawyers and Judges to Protect Battered Women, 11 Am. U.J. Gender Soc. Pol'y, & L. 101 (2003) (Symposium Issue)
Evidence Issues in Domestic Violence Civil Cases, 34 ABA Fam. L. Q. 43 (Spring 2000) (co-authored with Jane Aiken) [reprinted in The Best Articles Published by the ABA, 17 GP Solo 14 (2000)]
Rules, Responsibility and Commitment to Children: The New Language of Morality in Family Law, 60 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 1111 (1999)
Legal Images of Motherhood: Conflicting Definitions From Welfare "Reform," Family and Criminal Law, 83 Cornell L. Rev. 688 (1998)
Lawyering for Social Change: The Power of the Narrative in Domestic Violence Law Reform, 21 Hofstra L. Rev. 1243 (1993)
Eroding the Myth of Discretionary Justice in Family Law: The Child Support Experiment, 70 N.C. L. Rev. 209 (1991)
Selected Talks and Presentations
Presenter, Law And Society Annual Meeting (May, 2016)
Presenter, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Annual Meeting (May 2015)
Presenter, Shifting Foundations of Family Law AALS, Mid-Year Meeting (June 2015).
Presenter, Legal Education, Low Income Communities and Informal Justice, 7th Worldwide Conference, Global Alliance for Justice Education (Dec. 14, 2013) (with Robert Rubinson).