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Millard A. Murphy

Lecturer Emeritus


B.A. Psychology and Philosophy, Sonoma State University 1982

J.D. University of California, Berkeley 1986


As supervising attorney for the Prison Law Clinic and an instructor for Community Legal Education Seminar “Street Law” and Negotiations, Millard Murphy is an educator who constantly strives to find new ways to awaken in his students an awareness of the importance of the subject matter.

In the Prison Law Clinic, Murphy supervises students as they work on topics related to prison conditions, capital punishment, treatment of mentally ill prisoners, standards for parole release, religious freedom, and issues related to women prisoners. The Prison Law Clinic has won several of its recent cases, and Murphy’s dedication to the Clinic and its students is apparent. "As a lawyer and teacher, I appreciate the opportunity my association with the King Hall community gives me to creatively explore and implement legal strategies for bringing about justice in the lives of indigent men and women living under harsh and deplorable conditions of confinement," he says.

Murphy was awarded the Law School’s William and Sally Rutter Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.

Subject Areas

Civil and Human Rights of Prisoners, Community Legal Education, Legal Ethics, Rights of Research Participants

Selected Career Highlights

  • Staff attorney, Prison Law Office, a public interest law firm
  • director, Prison Law Clinic, a public interest law firm
  • director, Prison Law Clinic, UC Davis School of Law
  • member, committee for the Protection of Human Subjects of the California Health and Human Welfare Agency