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Colleen P. Murphy

Colleen P. Murphy
Professor of Law

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

Contact:
401-254-4631

The Distinguished Research Professor of Law from 2008-2010, and a former member of the Yale Law Journal and a Director of Yale’s Moot Court, Professor Colleen Murphy utilizes her impeccable academic credentials to make her classroom experience truly rewarding.  Having taught at Washington & Lee and Emory Schools of Law, Professor Murphy’s extensive teaching background helps make her a highly effective educator. In addition to her academic work, Professor Murphy served as a clerk for the Honorable George E. MacKinnon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and worked at the leading firm Ropes & Gray in Boston in its litigation department.

Professor Murphy’s areas of research include remedies and the right to a jury trial.  Her articles have been published in many prestigious journals including Northwestern University Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Texas Law Review.  She was a member of the American Law Institute’s Members' Consultative Group for the Restatement (Third) of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment.  Professor Murphy teaches Civil Procedure, Remedies, and Religion, Law, and Lawyering at RWU.

Selected Publications

Articles 

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)