Joseph F. Murphy Jr.

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Joseph F. Murphy Jr.
Judge of the
Maryland Court of Appeals
In office
Appointed by Martin O'Malley
Chief Judge of the
Maryland Court of Special Appeals
In office
Appointed by Parris Glendening
Judge of the
Maryland Court of Special Appeals
In office
Appointed by William Donald Schaefer
Associate Judge of the
Baltimore County Circuit Court
In office
Appointed by Harry R. Hughes
Personal details
Born (1944-01-09) January 9, 1944 (age 74)
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Alma mater Boston College, University of Maryland School of Law

Board of Directors, Maryland Judicial Institute, 1985-93, 1995-2000
Chair, Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, 1996-2007
Member, Library Committee, State Law Library, 1997-2007
Maryland Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, 1998-2001
Member, Judicial Cabinet, 2000-07 Judicial Council

Maryland Judicial Conference, 2000-07
Advisory Board, Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office, 2001-
Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Sentencing Alternatives, Re-Entry, and Best Practices, 2010-[1]

Joseph F. Murphy Jr. (born January 9, 1944) is an American lawyer and jurist from Baltimore, Maryland. Between December 17, 2007, and September 30, 2011, he was a judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals,[1] the highest court in Maryland. Prior to being appointed to the Court of Appeals, Judge Murphy served as the Chief Judge of the Court of Special Appeals, Maryland's intermediate court of appeals.[2] Judge Murphy is also an instructor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.[3]


Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, January 9, 1944. Attended St. Bernard's High School, Fitchburg, Massachusetts; Boston College, A.B., 1965; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1969. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1969. Murphy practiced law as a staff attorney for Legal Aid then as an Assistant State's Attorney, Baltimore City from 1970 to 1975, then as Deputy State's Attorney for Baltimore City from 1975 to 1976.[1] After leaving the office of the State's attorney, he was a named partner at the Towson law firm of White & Murphy.[4]

Judicial career[edit]

  • Associate Judge, Baltimore County Circuit Court, 3rd Judicial Circuit, 1984-93.
  • Judge, Court of Special Appeals, (at-large) July 25, 1993 – 1996
  • Chief Judge, Court of Special Appeals, 1996-December 17, 2007
  • Judge, Court of Appeals, (2nd Appellate Circuit (Baltimore & Harford counties)), December 17, 2007 – September 30, 2011.

Upon his retirement from the bench, Judge Murphy joined the Baltimore-based law firm of Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, where he serves as litigation support, and heads the firm's Alternative Dispute Resolution practice. Judge Murphy's daughter is currently an attorney in the firm's appellate litigation division.[5] On December 22, 2011, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley announced his appointment of Robert N. ("Bob") McDonald, the Chief Counsel of Opinions and Advice for the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland, to the Court of Appeals replacing Judge Murphy.[6]


  • 2004 Man of All Seasons Award, St. Thomas More Society of Maryland
  • 2003 Maryland Top Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record
  • 2003 Maryland Champion for Victims Award, Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center[1]

Maryland Court of Appeals Judges by Seniority

Circuit Name
6 Chief Judge Robert M. Bell
4 Judge Glenn T. Harrell Jr.
3 Judge Lynne A. Battaglia
5 Judge Clayton Greene Jr.
2 Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr.
1 Judge Sally D. Adkins
7 Judge Mary Ellen Barbera

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "COURT OF APPEALS". Retrieved 2011-04-26.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2013-05-17.
  4. ^ Danielle Ulman (January 25, 2011). "Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. to join Silverman's firm". The Daily Record.
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