Melissa Murray

Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network NYU School of Law

Melissa Murray is a Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law and Faculty Director of the Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network. Previously, Murray was the Alexander F. And May T. Morrison Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She teaches courses on family law, constitutional law, criminal law, reproductive rights and justice, and feminist legal theory. Her research considers the legal regulation of sex and intimacy, including issues involving marriage and its alternatives, caregiving, and reproductive rights and justice. She is a co-author of “Cases and Materials on Reproductive Rights and Justice,” the first reproductive rights and justice casebook. A member of the American Law Institute, in 2017, Murray was appointed to the ACS board of directors.

Murray received her J.D. from Yale Law School and was a NAACP-LDF/Shearman & Sterling Scholar. She received her B.A. in history and American Studies with distinction from the University of Virginia. She clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Hon. Stefan R. Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.


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