Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence October 2, 2012

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


Judge Michael R. Murphy was appointed to the Tenth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals by President Clinton on August 14, 1995.

Judge Murphy was born August 6, 1947, in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Rawlins, Wyoming. He received his B.A. from Creighton University in 1969 and, in 1972, his J.D., with honor, from the University of Wyoming where he was editor-in-chief of the law review.

He is married to Mickey Donnelly Murphy and has two children, Amy and Michael.

In 1972-73, Judge Murphy served as a law clerk to the late David T. Lewis, then Chief Judge of the Tenth Circuit. Judge Murphy began private practice in 1973 as an associate in the Salt Lake City law firm of Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough. He remained with that law firm until his appointment in 1986 by Governor Norman Bangerter to the Third District Court, a trial court of general jurisdiction over Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele Counties, Utah.  Judge Murphy was the presiding judge of the Third District Court from 1990 until his appointment to the Tenth Circuit in 1995.

Judge Murphy served on many boards, commissions and committees, including the Utah State Sentencing Commission; the Utah Advisory Committee on Child Support Guidelines; the Utah Child Sexual Abuse Task Force; the Board of District Court Judges; the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure; the editorial board of The Judges’ Journal, a publication of the American Bar Association; two terms on the Judicial Conference of the United State s Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction, 2001 – 2007; Judicial Advisory Board, American Society of International Law, 2010 – ____.

Judge Murphy received the Federal Bar Association’s (Utah Chapter) 2008 Distinguished Service Award, and was named Judge of the Year by the Utah State Bar in 1992. In 1989 he was awarded the Freedom of Information Award by the Society of Professional Journalists; in 1995 the Utah Minority Bar Association award; and in 1997 the Creighton University Alumni Achievement Citation.

Judge Murphy is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Utah and Wyoming Bar Associations.

Judge Murphy’s chambers are in Salt Lake City, Utah.[/twothirds_right]