Ellen Murphy

Ellen Murphy

Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives
Professor of Practice

Ellen Murphy has extensive eLearning experience and has been a student, teacher, administrator, trainer, and education consultant with respect to all forms of physical and virtual learning environments, including in synchronous, asynchronous, blended, and flipped classrooms. She developed the law school's online Master of Studies in Law and served as inaugural director. Her work includes curriculum creation and design, graduate law program development, and teaching across platforms, as well as face-to-face using web-supported tools.

Ellen is a former federal appeals court clerk, corporate lawyer, and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Lawyer Assistance and Law Practice Management Programs. She developed the first course for graduate legal programs on contemporary ethical questions in the practice of law and the comparative issues in other professions.

A legal ethics teacher, Ellen is a co-author on Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach, a West Academic Interactive Casebook; Legal Ethics for the Real World—Building Skills Through Case Study, a Foundation Press textbook; and Unauthorized Practice of Law for Nonlawyers, an interactive text and course from West Academic. Find her on Twitter and on the Contemporary Professional Responsibility blog, or connect with her on LinkedIn.
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  • 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