Russell G. Murphy

Research Professor of Law

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Crier-Law Clerk, Honorable Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr., U.S.D.C., District of MA, 1972-73; Teaching Fellow, Boston College, 1973-74; Visiting Lecturer, Division of Continuing Education, University of Massachusetts, spring 1974; Assistant Professor, Gonzaga, 1974-75; Assistant Professor, Suffolk, 1975-77; Associate Professor, 1977-78; Associate Professor & Assistant Dean, Boston College, 1978-80; Associate Professor, Suffolk, 1980-82; Professor, since 1982; Associate Dean, 1990-94


  • BA, University of Massachusetts
  • JD, Suffolk University




Book Chapters

  • Report of the Focus Group on the Court System, in CONSUMERS IN THE CIVIL JUSTICE SYSTEM: A NEW AUDIT (Suffolk University Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies, 1995)


  • "Executing Capital Punishment: International Law Influences on the Death Penalty Debate in the United States", May 14, 2008, Lund University, Lund, Sweden (Visiting Lecturer).

Professional Activities

Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Pi Sigma Alpha; Director, Suffolk Law School Alumni Association; Director, Action for Children's TV; Human Life Protection Com., Sidney Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA; Visiting Scholar, Harvard University Law School, Fall 1990; Scholar-in-Residence, Tulane University School of Law, Maritime Law Center, Spring, 2001; On-site Director, Foreign Law Summer Study Program, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, Summer 2006 and 2007.

Bar Admittance

  • MA
  • U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Mass.
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Courses Taught

  • Civil Procedure
  • Corrections & Prisoner's Rights
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • Introduction to Law
  • Law & American Politics
  • Legal History
  • Criminal Law
  • Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Death Penalty Seminar