Specializing in the representation of crime victims, women and children.

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Wendy Murphy

Wendy is adjunct professor of sexual violence law at New England Law|Boston where she has taught for fifteen years. An impact litigator whose work in state and federal courts around the country has changed the law to improve protections for women's and children's constitutional rights, she developed and directs several projects in conjunction with the school's Center for Law and Social Responsibility. The Judicial Language Project began in 2005 and involves law students using socio-linguistic research to critique harmful language used in law and society to describe violence against women and children. The Sexual Violence Legal News Project distributes appellate decisions of note using lay language to increase understanding among lay audiences, to explain the likely impact and real world consequences of a court's ruling. Students involved in the project also provide editorial comments and helpful ideas so that people can take steps to enhance or prevent the decision's real world consequences. The JD/PhD project is a multidisciplinary program where a JD student is teamed up with a PhD student to work across disciplines to understand the scientific and legal value of new research related to interpersonal violence. The team then produces a memorandum of law analyzing the study's methodological reliability for the purpose of expediting or preventing its delivery into law, legal policy and human behavior. Read more»


Wendy Murphy Lecturing
Lectures

Wendy lectures widely on gender-based violence, civil rights on campus, women's, children's, and victims' constitutional rights, and criminal justice policy.

To learn more or to have Wendy present a lecture, please click here.


Campus Accountability

Attorney Wendy Murphy is the only lawyer in the country who helps victims prove they were drugged. Victims are often told that tests cannot be done after drugs disappear from blood and urine (which usually occurs after a matter of hours), but Murphy helps victims obtain results long after the incident through hair testing. Check out CampusAccountability.org for more information.


Date rape drugs used on campus

By Wendy Murphy    Oct. 28, 2014

Implicitly, they admit that Brown is not safe, and that people running the place are not doing anything about it (except a lot of talk).

By: Deena Butt (Blog Daily Herald)

Last night, Dean Margaret Klawunn, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services, wrote in an email to the student body that two students had reported being given drinks spiked with date rape drugs… Read the full article here »


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN YOUR DAUGHTER IS RAPED ON CAMPUS

By Wendy Murphy    Aug. 24, 2014

WHEN YOUR DAUGHTER IS RAPED ON CAMPUS (PDF)


SAMPLE LAWSUIT TO HOLD SCHOOLS ACCOUNTABLE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT

By Wendy Murphy    Aug. 24, 2014

UVA-DHHS-MANDAMUS (PDF)


PROGRESS OR PROPAGANDA – EYES WIDE OPEN ABOUT CAMPUS RAPE IN THE NEWS

By Wendy Murphy    May. 06, 2014

 

Dear colleagues;

date-rapeIt is critically important to analyze schools’ policies to see how they stack up against policies that forbid discrimination in the form of violence on the basis of race, national origin, etc., because the United States Supreme Court ruled many years ago that sexual assault in education is a civil rights issue under Title IX.  This is not to say every injury to a woman by a man (or every injury that involves sexual body parts) is always an act of discrimination but the OCR at the DOE or the DHHS has not drawn lines that matter such that we should worry about whether a one-time grab of the buttocks is sufficiently “severe.”  Yet this is exactly what is anticipated by the Campus SaVE Act that took effect March 7, 2014.

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INSTITUTIONAL BETRAYAL TRAUMA

By Wendy Murphy    Apr. 10, 2014

Institutional Betrayal Trauma (PDF)


UVA RAPE VICTIM SUES IN FEDERAL COURT TO STOP CAMPUS SAVE ACT

By Wendy Murphy    Mar. 07, 2014

PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS AND EQUITABLE RELIEF

JANE DOE VS. DOE (PDF)


AN OPEN LETTER TO WOODY ALLEN

By Wendy Murphy    Feb. 04, 2014

 

Dear Woody;

If you weren’t the umpteenth famous or wealthy guy accused of sexually abusing a child I’d write that I’m outraged and I’d condemn you for being a monster.

But you’re not unusual, sadly. And after decades in this business, I’m tired of being outraged. Which is why I’m writing a different kind of letter to you, Woody.

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FOURTH AMENDMENT APPLIES TO CRIME VICTIMS, TOO

By Wendy Murphy    Feb. 01, 2014

 

Fourth-AmendmentThe United States Supreme Court will soon decide whether our Constitution’s Fourth Amendment requires police to get a search warrant before looking at data inside cell-phones and other devices they find in the custody of people they arrest. The Court first addressed the issue many years ago and held that a cop may conduct a warrantless search if done “incident to a lawful arrest.” But that case is decades old and was decided at a time when the things that could be found on a person’s body were limited to weapons and contraband, or stolen items in a purse or backpack under the arrestee’s control. The Court now has to reconsider that ruling because today’s technology enables people to carry on their person infinite amounts of personal information, especially in smartphones and laptops.

The Fourth Amendment states that “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated …” The Supreme Court has held, in the past, that warrantless searches of arrestees are not unreasonable because the urgencies of an arrest require preservation of evidence and protection of public safety. Plus, people under arrest have reduced privacy rights and the intrusion is usually minimal because people can’t carry a lot of stuff on their person.

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BEFORE YOU STEP ONE FOOT INTO FAMILY COURT – READ THIS!

By Wendy Murphy    Jan. 17, 2014

 

Family-CourtA colleague of mine, Anne Stevenson, recently testified before the Connecticut legislature on behalf of good parents and ethical court employees who feared retribution if they spoke up themselves against the corruption, fraud and shady deals in Connecticut’s family court system.

The content of her testimony is critically important, and not widely understood, so I agreed to post it here to provide folks with a better understanding of how the “divorce industry” in Connecticut is ruining families financially, and subjecting children to dangerous custody arrangements.

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WENDY MURPHY: It’s fine to be gay, but is it great? – The Patriot …

By Wendy Murphy    Jan. 04, 2014

Wendy Murphy is adjunct professor of law at New England Law|Boston and a A former prosecutor, Murphy specializes in the representation of crime victims The Patriot Ledger | 400 Crown Colony Drive, P.O. 699159, Quincy MA …read the article here.


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