Colleen P. Murphy

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Colleen P. MurphyProfessor of Law

Education

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 ReviewVirginia 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.

Articles 

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)

Courses Taught

LAW.600Civil Procedure I

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Course Description

This two-semester course provides an introduction to the adversary system and the historical basis and evolving functions of both the state and the federal systems of civil procedure. Topics include an introduction to claims and remedies, jurisdiction, venue, pleading, discovery, joinder of claims and parties, res judicata, collateral estoppel, disposition without trial, court selection, jury and non-jury trials, post-trial motions and appellate review. The drafting of pleadings for a case is included.

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Core Course

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LAW.601Civil Procedure II

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Course Description

This two-semester course provides an introduction to the adversary system and the historical basis and evolving functions of both the state and the federal systems of civil procedure. Topics include an introduction to claims and remedies, jurisdiction, venue, pleading, discovery, joinder of claims and parties, res judicata, collateral estoppel, disposition without trial, court selection, jury and non-jury trials, post-trial motions and appellate review. The drafting of pleadings for a case is included.

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Core Course

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Prerequisite

LAW.600 – Civil Procedure I

LAW.722Family Law

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Course Description

This course examines the underlying social and economic principles of family life, its regulation by government, and constitutional limitations on regulation. Direct laws covering marriage, divorce, and child custody will be examined but also the course will cover those areas of law--property, income maintenance, medical care, schooling and crime--that also have direct impact on families in this society.

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Elective

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LSM.856Focus on Remedies

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This course will meet for six weeks.

Course Description

This course is an abridged treatment of Remedies topics that are testable on the Multistate Bar Exam.

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Seminar

Course Credits

1.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

Faculty Associated

Colleen P. Murphy

LAW.738Remedies

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Course Description

The remedies course surveys what a court can do for a claimant who has been, or might be, wronged by the defendant. We will address the principal remedies: damages; injunctions (orders to do or refrain from doing certain conduct); restitution (including the possibility of recovering the defendant's gains from a wrongful act, even if the gains exceed the amount of the plaintiff's loss); remedies that simply declare the rights of the parties; pre-judgment remedies before a determination of liability; and the various means of enforcing remedies (including contempt and seizure of property). Throughout the course, we will discuss which of the several remedies are best for the plaintiff, and how to determine the extent of the remedy that the plaintiff may obtain.

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Elective

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LSM.856Spiritual Dimensions of Lawyering

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This course will meet for four weeks

Course Description

This course will be taught by Professor Colleen Murphy explores a lawyer’s identity and purpose beyond the “material” aspects of practicing law. The readings in the course, evidencing a variety of religious and secular perspectives, address topics such as the integration of deeply-held personal values into the practice of law; clients who have deeply held values that are in tension with the dominant values of the legal system; exploring with the client whether justice, peace, or reconciliation is the client’s true goal; and the extent to which a lawyer might engage the client in moral conversation.

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Seminar

Course Credits

1.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

Colleen P. Murphy
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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.

Elective

After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.