Archives of Maryland
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William H. Murphy, Jr. (1943-)
MSA SC 3520-2935


Born April 22, 1943 in Wilmington, Delaware.  Attended MIT, Boston; degree in electrical engineering, 1965; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1969.  Admitted to the Maryland bar, 1969.  Married; four children.

Law clerk to the Honorable Robert C. Murphy, Chief Judge, Maryland Court of Special Appeals, 1969-70.  Worked on the staff of Senator Joseph D. Tydings, 1968.  Partner in private law practice, 1970-73 and sole practitioner, 1973-80.  Director, Baltimore Afro-American newspaper, 1971-73.  Host, WJZ-TV Sunday Live, 1979.  Panelist, WJZ-TV Square Off program, 1979.  Circuit Court Judge, Eighth Judicial Circuit, Baltimore City, 1980-83 (resigned May 4, 1983). Candidate for mayor of Baltimore, 1983.   Founder and president, Black American Law Students Association, University of Maryland.  Member, Law Review, University of Maryland.  Secretary/treasurer, Young Democrats, University of Maryland School of Law.  Member, American Bar Association; Monumental City Bar Association.   President, College of Criminal Trial Lawyers, 1975.

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