Wendy Murphy (Class of 1987)
Professor Wendy Murphy is an adjunct professor of law at New England Law, teaching a seminar, Perspectives in Law: Sexual Violence. In spring 2002, she served as the Mary Joe Frug Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the law school, and during the 2002-2003 academic year she was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School. A former assistant district attorney in Middlesex County, where she worked in the Child Abuse Prosecution Unit, she now focuses her practice on advocacy for women and child victims of violence. She has generated several test cases that helped shape state law on the confidentiality of victim counseling records and has argued other cases that focus on fairness to children and equality for women in criminal law and practice.
The founder and director of the Victim Advocacy and Research Group, she is also editor of Child Abuse and the Law. She has worked as a policy analyst with organizations around the country and with the Department of Justice and the Violence Against Women Office in addressing the concerns of women in matters of gender-based violence. She is also associate editor of the Sexual Assault Report and the author of numerous articles and opinion pieces on the criminal justice system, sexual violence, child abuse, and related legal topics. She was a principal performer on the nationally syndicated television show, "Power of Attorney" and has served as a legal analyst on NBC, CBS News, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Court TV, "Dateline," "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," and NPR's "The Connection." She is also a regular columnist for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
She received a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from New England School of Law.