Dennis R Murphy
Legal Aid Society of New York
Dennis Murphy has lived and practiced law in Washington, D.C. (where he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorneys Office, and D.C. Law Students in Court, for which he was the Executive Director), Tucson, Arizona (where he was a private criminal defense attorney and public defender for eleven years), and, since 1996, New York City (where he was Attorney-in-Charge of the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division, a capital defense lawyer for the state-wide Capital Defender Office for seven years, a senior trial lawyer for the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan, and currently the Director of Training for the Criminal Defense Practice of approximately 550 attorneys).
Over the past three decades, he has taught, lectured, or testified on legal or mental health and the law subjects in schools (high school, community college, university, law school, medical school, and business school), before legal groups, and legislatures. He has been a consultant to public defender organizations and communities around the country that were experiencing difficulties in the funding and delivery of quality legal representation to indigent accused and assisted in related impact litigation. He has been on the boards of several state and national organizations, including Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the Pretrial Justice Institute, and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. He is a member of the Indigent Defense Advisory Group to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense. He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976, where he was an adjunct professor of trial advocacy from 1982 to 1984. He has a background of advocacy in the area of mental health. He is also a trained mediator and former salmon purseiner in Alaska.
He was the 2007 defender recipient of the national Kutak-Dodds award, an equal justice advocate "who, through the practice of law, has contributed in a significant way to the enhancement of the human dignity and quality of life of those persons unable to afford legal representation." The award is jointly sponsored by NLADA and the Robert J. Kutak Foundation.