Archives of Maryland
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Joseph F. Murphy, Jr. (1944-2022)
MSA SC 3520-11684


Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, January 9, 1944. Attended St. Bernard's High School, Fitchburg, Massachusetts; Boston College, A.B. Economics,1965; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1969.  Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1969. Married; one daughter. Died July 27, 2022.

Judge, Court of Appeals, 2nd Appellate Judicial Circuit (Baltimore County & Harford County), December 17, 2007 to September 30, 2011. Retired September 30, 2011. Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Sentencing Alternatives, Re-Entry, and Best Practices, 2010-11.

Chief Judge, Court of Special Appeals, At Large, 1996 to December 17, 2007 (Judge, July 25, 1993 to 1996). Board of Directors, Maryland Judicial Institute, 1985-93, 1995-2000. Chair, Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, 1996-2007. Member, Code Revision Committee, 1991-2004. Chair, Article 27 (crimes & punishments) Revision Committee, 1991-2008. Member, Task Force to Examine Crime Victims' Rights Law in Maryland, 1995-2003. Member, Library Committee, State Law Library, 1997-2007; Maryland Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, 1998-2001; Technology Oversight Board, 1999-2007. Member, Judicial Cabinet, 2000-07; Judicial Council, Maryland Judicial Conference, 2000-07; Advisory Board, Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office, 2001-12. Ad Hoc Committee on Sentencing Alternatives, Re-entry, and Best Practices, 2010-11.

Member, Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council, 2015-16. Chair, Commission on Ethics and Accountability, Baltimore County, 2021-22. Associate Judge, Baltimore County Circuit Court, 3rd Judicial Circuit, 1984-93. Member, Trial Experience Committee, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1984-date unknown.

Assistant State's Attorney, Baltimore City, 1970-75. Deputy State's Attorney, Baltimore City, 1975-76. Staff attorney, Legal Aid Bureau, 1970. Partner, White & Murphy, 1976-84. Alternative dispute resolution practice, Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, LLC, Baltimore, 2011-. Member, Maryland State Bar Association, 1976- (criminal subcommittee of pattern jury instruction committee, 1980-; criminal law & practice section council, 1987-, chair, 1987-88; committee on laws, 1988-); Baltimore County Bar Association; Maryland State's Attorneys' Association, 1970-76; Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, 1984 (president, 1984). Instructor (evidence), University of Baltimore School of Law, 1974-. Instructor (trial practice) University of Maryland School of Law, 1981-. Officer and trustee, Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL), 1984-88. Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation, Inc., 1984-. President, J. Dudley Digges Inn of Court, 1989-90. Author, "Oral Motions in Limine," Litigation (vol. 14, no. 3), Spring 1988; Maryland Evidence Handbook, 1989 (2nd ed., 1993; 3rd ed., 1999; 4th ed., 2010). Author, "A Tribute to Professor John M. Brumbaugh," 55 Maryland Law Review 522, 1996' "A Wistful Farewell to Pink Bugg & Queen Caroline," 26 3 University of Baltimore Law Forum 27, Spring 1996. Outstanding Part-time Instructor Award, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1976, 1977, 1996. Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award, Criminal Law Section Council, Maryland State Bar Association, 1990. Award for Professional Excellence in the Advancement of Legal Competence, Maryland Bar Foundation, 1994. Annual Law Day Award, Baltimore County Bar Association, 1997. Distinguished Service Award, Daniel O'Connell Law Society, 2002. Maryland Champion for Victims Award, Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, 2003. Maryland Top Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record, 2003. Man of All Seasons Award, St. Thomas More Society of Maryland, 2004. Charles Hamilton Houston Award, University of Baltimore School of Law, 2008. Benjamin L. Cardin Public Service Award, University of Maryland School of Law, 2010. Judge of the Year Award, Maryland Access to Justice Commission, 2012. H. Vernon Eney Endowment Fund Award, Maryland Bar Foundation, 2012. Honorable Herbert F. Murray Lifetime Achievement Award, Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc., 2018.

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