Michael R. Murphy

Hon. Michael R. Murphy
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Address: Byron White U.S. Courthouse
1823 Stout Street
Denver, CO 80257
Phone: (303) 844-3157
Fax: (303) 844-2540
Web site: http://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/

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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. He was raised in Rawlins, Wyoming. He received his B.A. from Creighton University in 1969 and his J.D., with honor, from the University of Wyoming in 1972.

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 and the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure.

Judge Murphy 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 and in 1995 the Utah Minority Bar Association award.

Judge Murphy is a member of the Utah and American Bar Associations. He is a member and past president of Sutherland Inn of Court II and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Judge Murphy's chambers are in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Judge, since March 17, 2014

Appointed 1995 by President Clinton
Bar Admissions:
Utah, 1973
Wyoming, 1972
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court District of Utah, 1973
U.S. District Court District of Wyoming, 1972
University of Wyoming, College of Law, Laramie, Wyoming, 1972
Honors: With Honors
Law Review: Land and Water Law Review, Staff Member, 1970 - 1972
Law Review: Land and Water Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 1971 - 1972

Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, 1969
Major: History

Honors and Awards:
Judge of the Year, Utah State Bar, 1992

Utah Minority Bar Association Award, 1995

Freedom of Information Award, Society of Professional Journalists, 1989

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Utah Sentencing Commission, 1993 - 1995

Third District Committee on Court Reorganization, 1992 - 1995

Board of District Court Judges, 1989 - 1990

Judicial Council Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1986 - 1988

Utah Supreme Court, 1984 - 1995
Member, Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure

Salt Lake County Bar Association, 1989 - 1992
Member, Executive Committee

Sutherland Inns of Court II, 1990 - 1991

American Bar Association, 1973 - Present

Legislative Advisory Committee on Child Support Guidelines
Member, 1987-1995; Chair, 1993-1994

Utah State Bar, 1973 - Present

Wyoming State Bar Association, 1972 - 1996

Past Employment Positions:
Third District Court of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, Judge, 1986 - 1995

Third District Court of Utah, Salt Lake City, Presiding Judge, 1990 - 1995

Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough, Associate, 1973 - 1986

Hon. David T. Lewis, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, Law Clerk, 1972 - 1973

Internal Revenue Service, Assistant Regional Counsel St. Paul, Minnesota, Law Clerk, 1971 - Present

Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Birth Information:
1947, Denver, Colorado, United States of America

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