Women We Admire: Melissa Murray
Date: Friday, Jan. 20
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Franklin Lobby 1
Dial-in: 866-740-1260 and access code 722-6879
The Women We Admire series was initiated by the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW) in 2009. PACSW brings women to UCOP from around the system to share insights about their careers, workplace challenges and work-life balance. All members of the UCOP community are invited to learn how to make the most of working at UC.
Murray teaches Family Law, Criminal Law, Advanced Topics in Family Law and Constitutional Law. Her research focuses on the roles that criminal law and family law play in articulating the legal parameters of intimate life, and encompasses such topics as marriage and its alternatives, the legal regulation of sex and sexuality, the marriage equality debate, and reproductive rights and justice. Her publications have appeared (or are forthcoming) in the California Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Pennsylvania Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Yale Law Journal, among others. She is the co-author (with K. Luker) of Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice, the first casebook in the field of reproductive rights and justice.
In 2010, Murray was awarded the Association of American Law School’s Derrick A. Bell Award, which is given to a junior faculty member who has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system, or social justice. In 2011, Murray was elected to the membership of the American Law Institute. Murray was the 2014 recipient of Berkeley Law’s Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction. In 2016, the Center for Reproductive Rights awarded Murray its Innovation in Scholarship Award, which recognizes a distinguished scholar whose research advances the academy’s understanding of health, women’s rights, human rights, constitutional law and related fields.
Murray is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar and an Echols Scholar, and Yale Law School, where she was notes development editor of the Yale Law Journal. While in law school, she earned special recognition as an NAACP-LDF/Shearman & Sterling Scholar and was a semifinalist of Morris Tyler Moot Court. Following law school, Murray clerked for Sonia Sotomayor, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and Stefan Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Find upcoming speakers in this series as well as archived audio of past talks on the Women We Admire website.