Joseph F. Murphy, Jr.Member
On October 31, 2011, Judge Murphy retired from the Court of Appeals to join his daughter, Erin, at Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White, where he will provide consultation and ADR services.
From January to August of 1970 he was a Legal Aid Bureau Staff Attorney. From 1970 to 1975, he served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City; and from 1975 to 1976, he served as the Deputy State’s Attorney. From 1976 to 1984, he was a partner in the firm of White & Murphy, appearing regularly in trial courts and in appellate courts on behalf of criminal defendants.
Judge Murphy’s clients included lawyers, Sherman v. State, 288 Md. 636 (1980) and In Re Siegel. 294 Md. 635 (1982); “fences” United States v. Stencil, 629 F.2d 984 (4th Cir. 1980); adult book store owners, United States v. Morrow, 717 F.2d 800 (3rd Cir. 1983); gamblers, Silbert v. Ramsey, 301 Md. 96 (1984); and tavern owners, Turner v. State, 299 Md. 565 (1984); accused of such crimes as arson, State v. Hiken, 43 Md. App. 259 (1979); felonious assault, Burrell v. State, 42 Md. App. 130 (1979); R.I.C.O. violations, United States v. Griffin, 660 F.2d 996 (4th Cir. 1981); theft from interstate shipment, United States v. Hadaway, 681 F.2d 214 (4th Cir. 1982); murder, Robertson v. State, 295 Md. 688 (1983); income tax evasion, Winters v. State, 301 Md. 214 (1984), and selling drugs, Wright v. State, 58 Md. App. 447 (1984).
Judge Murphy’s litigation practice concluded in 1984, when he was appointed to the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.
He has taught Evidence at University of Baltimore School of Law since 1974, and Trial Practice at the University of Maryland School Of Law since 1981. He is the author of the Maryland Evidence Handbook, the fourth edition of which was published in 2010.
J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 1969
B.A., Boston College, 1965
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeCourt of Appeals of Maryland, 1969
United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 1970
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1979
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1982
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
President, J. Dudley Digges Inn of Court
Member Since: 1989-1990
Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation, Inc.
Member Since: 1984- present
Maryland State Bar Association, Member
Member Since: 1976-present
(criminal pattern jury instructions committee, 1980-; criminal law & practice section council, 1987-, chair, 1987-88; committee on laws, 1988-)
Officer and trustee, Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL)
Member Since: 1984-1988
Elected President of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association.
Member Since: 1984
Appointed to the Trial Experience Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Member Since: 1984
Criminal Law Section Council
Government and Judicial Service
- 2007-2011: Judge, Court of Appeals
- 1996-2007: Chief Judge of Court of Special Appeals and Chair of the Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.
- 1993: Judge, Court of Special Appeals
- 1984-1993: Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County
- 1975-1976: Deputy State's Attorney, Baltimore City
- 1970-1975: Assistant State's Attorney, Baltimore City
Honors and Awards
- 2010: Received the University of Maryland School of Law's Benjamin L. Cardin Public Service Award
- 2008: Received the University of Baltimore School of Law's Charles Hamilton Houston Award
- 2005: The Honorable Joseph F. Murphy, Jr. Legal Writing Competition Award was established by the Criminal Law Section Council of the M.S.B.A.
- 2003: Received the Daily Record's Top Leadership in Law Award
- 2003: Received the Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center's Maryland Champion for Crime Victims Award
- 2002: Received the Daniel O'Connell Law Society's Distinguished Service Award
- 1997: Received the Baltimore County Bar Association's Annual Law Day Award.
- 1994: Received the Maryland Bar Foundation (second annual) Award for Professional Legal Excellence in the Advancement of Professional Competence.
- 1992: Appointed (by the President of the Maryland Senate and the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates) Chair of The Committee to Revise Article 27.
- 1990: Received Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award from the Criminal Law Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association.
- 1989: Received the highest rating in a lawyers survey of Baltimore (City and County) Circuit Court Judges (Baltimore Magazine. "Judging the Judges," Vol. 82, No. 6, p. 50, June, 1989)
- 1989: Initiated as an honorable member in the J. Harry LaBrun Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.
- 1984: Profiled in a Towson Times cover story, "King In Court," August 8, 1984.
- 1980: Received an "a.v." rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
- 1979 and 1983: selected by fellow lawyers for listing in the National Directory of Criminal Lawyers.
- 1977, 1978 and 1996: received the University of Baltimore Law School Outstanding Part-Time Instructor Award.
- "ORAL MOTIONS IN LIMINE" 14 Litigation no. 3, p. 15 (Spring 1988).
- MARYLAND EVIDENCE HANDBOOK The Michie Company, 1989; (with 1990, 1991 and 1992 Pocket Part Supplements).
- MARYLAND EVIDENCE HANDBOOK, 2d ed. The Michie Company, 1993 (with 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998 Pocket Part Supplements).
- A Tribute to Professor John M Brumbaugh , 55 Md. L. Rev. 522 (1996).
- A Wistful Farewell to Pink Bugg & Queen Caroline , 26 3 U. Balt. L.F. 27 (Spring 1996).
- MARYLAND EVIDENCE HANDBOOK, 3rd ed. Lexis Law Publishing, 1999 (with 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Pocket Part Supplements)
- MARYLAND EVIDENCE HANDBOOK, 4th ed. Lexis Law Publishing, 2010 (with 2011 Pocket Part Supplements)