Faculty News

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    Center of the Storm: RWU Law and DACA
    Professor Deborah Gonzalez, Director of the Immigration Law Clinic at RWU Law, on Trump's rescinding of DACA -- and what happens now.
  • Judge Bruce Selya
    Courtroom Dedicated to Judge Selya
    The law school’s signature space has been named for an old friend: the Honorable Bruce Selya, one of Rhode Island’s most influential and respected jurists.
  • Church State
    Is Wall Between Church and State Crumbling?
    Professor Diana Hassel, associate dean for academic affairs at RWU Law, has written a piece for the Roger Williams First Amendment blog.

Colleen P. Murphy

Colleen P. Murphy
Distinguished Teaching Professor of Law

J.D., Yale
B.A., University of Virginia


Professor Colleen Murphy is dedicated to teaching, scholarship, and pro bono legal services. She has served at RWU as the Distinguished Teaching Professor for her excellence in teaching and as the Distinguished Research Professor for her creation and advancement of scholarship. The Rhode Island Bar Association honored her with its Pro Bono Publico Award for the free and extensive legal services she rendered through the Volunteer Lawyer Project. She has taught at the law schools of Emory and Washington & Lee, and she draws from academic literature on how adults learn to construct and teach her courses, which include Civil Procedure, Remedies, Family Law, and Spiritual Dimensions of Lawyering.

Professor Murphy is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and a director of the Yale Moot Court of Appeals, and she subsequently served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and as a litigation associate at the leading firm Ropes & Gray in Boston. Professor Murphy’s scholarly articles have been published in many prestigious journals, including the Northwestern University Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Texas Law Review, and she was a member of the American Law Institute’s Members’ Consultative Group for the Restatement (Third) of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment.

Selected Publications


Recognizing Restitutionary Causes of Action and Remedies Under Rhode Island Law, 20 Roger Williams University Law Review 429 (2015)

Reviewing Congressionally Created Remedies for Excessiveness,73 Ohio State Law Journal 651 (2012)

What is Specific about "Specific Restitution"? 60 Hastings Law Journal 853 (2009)

Money as a Specific Remedy, 58 Alabama Law Review 119 (2006)

The Use of Prior Convictions after Apprendi, 37 U.C. Davis Law Review 973 (2004)

Misclassifying Monetary Restitution, 55 Southern Methodist University Law Review 1577 (2002)

Judgment as a Matter of Law on Punitive Damages, 75 Tulane Law Review 459 (2000)

Judicial Assessment of Legal Remedies, 94 Northwestern University Law Review 153 (1999)

The Narrowing of the Entitlement to Criminal Jury Trial, 1997 Wisconsin Law Review 33

Context and the Allocation of Decisionmaking: Reflections on United States v. Gaudin, 82 Virginia Law Review 961 (1996)

Determining Compensation: The Tension between Legislative Power and Jury Authority, 74 Texas Law Review 345 (1995)

Integrating the Constitutional Authority of Civil and Criminal Juries, 61 George Washington Law Review 723 (1993)