Professor JaneAnne Murray joined the Law School in August 2011. She specializes in criminal law and government investigations, and teaches criminal procedure. Her research interests include plea bargaining, prosecutorial discretion, and sentencing.
Professor Murray received her B.C.L. degree from University College Cork in 1989 and her LL.M. degree from the University of Cambridge in 1990, both with first-class honors. After law school, she worked in New York as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; a trial attorney with the Legal Aid Society of New York in Manhattan; an assistant federal public defender in the Eastern District of New York; and a litigation counsel at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, before opening her own practice focused on criminal defense. From 1999 to 2000, Professor Murray was the International Advisor for the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights in Kampot, Cambodia.
She has defended individuals in many high-profile cases and investigations, including executives and directors at Tyco, A.I.G., and Lehman Brothers and individuals facing terrorism charges, and has been lead counsel in more than 20 jury trials. In 2011 her motion to suppress the evidence obtained from the first individual subjected to a Title III wiretap in an insider-trading case resulted in an overhaul of its wiretapping procedures by the Southern District of New York’s U.S. Attorney’s Office.
A frequent guest lecturer at CLE programs, she serves on several boards and committees, including as co-chair of the sentencing committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the ABA taskforce to reform the federal economic fraud sentencing guideline, and a member of the Steering Committee of Clemency Project 2014, a joint initiative of the ABA, the NACDL, FAMM, the ACLU and the Federal Defenders to recruit and train volunteer lawyers to represent eligible applicants for the Obama administration’s clemency program for non-violent federal inmates. She writes regularly on criminal law and procedure issues for the New York Law Journal, Atticus,Champion, White Collar Crime Reporter, and the blogs she created and writes, “New York Federal Criminal Practice,” and “Behind the Eighth.” Professor Murray created and organizes the annual Bloomsday Celebration of the Irish-American Bar Association of New York, which showcases Ulyssesand James Joyce’s contribution to the First Amendment.
Professor Murray, who was Practitioner in Residence at the Law School from 2011 to 2015, won the 2014-2015 Stanley V. Kinyon Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award. She became Professor of Practice at the Law School commencing in August 2015.