The Center's scholar-in-residence for academic year 2009-2010 was Professor Erin Murphy. Professor Murphy is Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. Before joining NYU, she was Assistant Professor of Law at Berkeley Law School and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School during the spring semester of 2010. She started her teaching career at Berkeley, after a career at the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia, where she spent three years in the trial division and two years in the appellate division. While at PDS, Murphy represented clients in felony and misdemeanor cases in jury and bench trials, and argued before the DC Court of Appeals. She also led a widely watched constitutional challenge to the District of Columbia's firearms laws, and acquired particular expertise in the scientific and legal issues surrounding the admissibility of various types of forensic evidence. Murphy is a graduate of the Harvard Law School, where she served as a Notes Editor for the Harvard Law Review and an oralist for the champion team in the Ames Moot Court competition. She clerked for Judge Merrick B. Garland of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
Professor Murphy's research focuses on questions related to new technologies and the relationship between the individual and the state in the criminal justice context. Her particular interests include forensic DNA typing, biometric scanning, electronic tracking and functional MRI imaging. The Duke Law Journal published her recent article, "Paradigms of Restraint," which won the AALS Criminal Justice Section award for best paper by a junior scholar. Other representative works include "The New Forensics: Criminal Justice, False Certainty and the Second Generation of Scientific Evidence" in the California Law Journal and "Inferences, Arguments, and Second Generation Forensic Evidence" in the Hastings Law Journal. Murphy teaches courses related to criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence.
While in residence at the Center, Professor Murphy worked on "Databases, Doctrine & Constitutional Criminal Procedure," 37 Ford. Urb. L. J. 803 (2010).