Emily Murphy (2003)

Murphy, Emily

Emily Murphy (2003) practices complex commercial litigation in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She read Psychology at Trinity.

She holds a doctorate in behavioural neuroscience, has published extensively in scientific, legal and interdisciplinary journals, most recently on issues at the intersection of neuroscience and law.

Emily presents to judges and law faculty on issues related to neuroscience in the law, and provides continuing legal education to her colleagues and clients on the neuroscience of substance abuse and its implications for the legal profession.

She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School. While in law school, she worked at the Mills Legal Clinic Three Strikes Project, where she filed a habeas petition on behalf of a non-violent third striker serving a 27-to-life sentence, and assisted in drafting Proposition 36, which modified elements of California’s “Three Strikes” law and was approved by voters in November 2012. Her client was released from prison under Proposition 36 in March 2013.

She earned her Ph.D. in behavioural neuroscience from the University of Cambridge and holds an A.B., magna cum laude, in psychology/mind, brain, behaviour from Harvard University.

Prior to law school, Emily was a research fellow and lecturer at Stanford Law School’s Centre for Law and the Biosciences and a postdoctoral fellow on the MacArthur Foundation’s Law and Neuroscience Project.