Ellen Murphy

Ellen Murphy

Professor of Practice

Ellen teaches legal ethics, including traditional Professional Responsibility courses for JD students and Unauthorized Practice of Law courses for nonlawyer professionals. She is a co-author on several legal ethics texts, including Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach; Legal Ethics for the Real World—Building Skills Through Case Study; and Unauthorized Practice of Law for Nonlawyers. Ellen is active with the NC State Bar, having served as a voting Advisory Member to the Ethics Committee and the Task Force to Review the NC Lawyer Advertising Rules.

Ellen served as Wake Forest Law's first Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and first Assistant Dean of Instructional Technologies and Design. She was the chief architect of the school's online Master of Studies in Law, the law school's first fully-online degree.

Ellen started teaching online in 2009 and in addition to an MEd in Instructional Technology, she has extensive eLearning experience, having been a student, teacher, instructional designed, and administrator in synchronous, asynchronous, blended, flipped, and other classroom formats.

Prior to joining Wake Forest Law, Ellen was a United States federal appeals court clerk (The Honorable Frank J. Magill, 8th Circuit), a corporate lawyer, and the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Lawyer Assistance Program.

Ellen is a board member at Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA), a nonprofit that serves the North Carolina High Country by working to build an equitable, sustainable local food system. https://www.brwia.org/
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  • LLM in Agriculture and Food Law, University of Arkansas School of Law, 2023
  • MEd in Instructional Technology, North Carolina State University, 2014
  • JD, Wake Forest University School of Law, 2002
  • BS, North Carolina State University, 1998
Ellen Murphy
Contact Information

Worrell 3347
  • Law & Technology
  • Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility