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Justin Murray

Associate Professor of Law

Justin Murray

Associate Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae

Justin Murray joined NYLS as Associate Professor of Law in 2019. He teaches criminal law and criminal procedure. His scholarship focuses on criminal procedure, appellate remedies, and post-conviction litigation, with a particular focus on prosecutorial misconduct, the right to counsel, and standards of review. Professor Murray’s academic work has been published in a number of law journals, most recently the Harvard Law Review and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Professor Murray began his career as a clerk on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. After that, he spent four years as an appellate lawyer at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, followed by a year at the Consumer Fraud Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. He then left legal practice to serve as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he taught legal research and writing, before joining NYLS’s faculty.

He received his J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Executive Articles Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal. He received his A.B. in Government from Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Professor Murray lives in New Jersey with his wife, Dr. Sarah Murray, and their three children, David, Katelyn, and Luke.

Visit Professor Murray’s SSRN author page.


In Search of Common Ground on Abortion: From Culture War to Reproductive Justice (Ashgate, 2014) (co-editor, with Robin West and Meredith Esser)


Prejudice-Based Rights in Criminal Procedure,” 168 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 277 (2020)

A Contextual Approach to Harmless Error Review,” 130 Harvard Law Review 1791 (2017)

Re-Imagining Criminal Prosecution: Toward a Color-Conscious Professional Ethic for Prosecutors,” 49 American Criminal Law Review 1541 (2012)

Exposing the Underground Establishment Clause in the Supreme Court’s Abortion Cases,” 23 Regent University Law Review 1 (2010)