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Michael Murphy

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Michael Murphy

Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer, Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic

Michael Murphy is the Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer in Law of the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

He teaches students how to provide transactional legal services to entrepreneurs and small businesses, using a unique perspective based on his experience working as an attorney for a large law firm, a startup, and a publicly traded corporation. His research explores social entrepreneurship, how technology changes legal practice, and how members of the legal profession can lead happier lives.

Before joining Penn Law, Michael was an in-house attorney at SEI Investments Company, where he was responsible for the negotiation of outsourcing agreements for SEI’s technology platform.

Michael created an Electronic Discovery course at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where he taught as an Adjunct Professor. He has taught continuing legal education courses to practicing attorneys about the intersection of technology and legal practice.

Michael is a past recipient of Blank Rome LLP’s Pro Bono Hero Award in 2014 for work on behalf of senior citizens. He is also Co-Chair of “The Dude Hates Cancer,” Philadelphia’s finest (and only) annual charity bowling tournament benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, through which he has helped raise over $775,000 to fight blood cancers.

Michael is an award-winning storyteller. He won the Audience Favorite award at the First Person Arts StorySlam GrandSlam in Philadelphia on November 2019. Michael’s stories have been featured on WHYY-Philadelphia’s “NewsWorks Tonight”, WHYY’s “CommonSpace” podcast, and WNYC’s “The Takeaway.” He is also a (less accomplished) stand-up comedian and comedic improviser, and can be seen on stages across Philadelphia from time to time.

Michael lives in Philadelphia with his wife Megan and two mischievous dogs, Little Ann and Spock.


  • J.D.University of Michigan Law School6
  • B.A., JournalismOakland University, MI1

Courses Taught

  • Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic (Penn Law)| Faculty Supervisor, Securities and Exchange Commission Externship| Faculty Supervisor, SeniorLaw Center Externship| Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence (Thomas R. Kline School of Law)