Faculty Profile: Matthew Murrell
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Matthew Murrell teaches legal research and writing at Texas Law. Before joining the Texas faculty, Matthew practiced complex commercial litigation in Austin, litigating cases in state and federal court. Matthew's practice covered the range of commercial litigation, including intellectual property disputes (especially trade secret, copyright, trademark, and patent cases), breaches of fiduciary duty, contract matters, and fraud.
Matthew has an affinity for technology both in the substantive law and in legal pratice. He sits on the Council for the Computer and Technology Section of the State Bar of Texas; he also serves as the current Editor-in-Chief of the Section's quarterly publication, Circuits. Matthew has given numerous CLEs, been interviewed for several podcasts, and written myriad articles on both susbtantive legal issues involving technology and the ethical and proficient use of technology in the practice of law.
Matthew is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he was the Managing Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal, a Law Fellow (Georgetown's equivalent of a Teaching Quizmaster) in Georgetown's Legal Research & Writing Program, a Senior Writing Fellow, and a member of the Barrister's Council. Matthew won the William E. Leahy Moot Court Competition, joining the Roll of Advocates, and also won the Milton A. Kaufman Prize. After law school, Matthew clerked for the Honorable Catharine Easterly on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Prior to law school, Matthew taught at McNeil High School in Austin for six years, serving as director of the school's speech and debate program. While at McNeil, Matthew coached several state finalists, a Texas state champion, and a national runner-up. A high school and college debater himself, Matthew remains active in the speech and debate community, serving as a Contest Director and the Tab Room Director for the annual Cross-Examination Debate State Championships hosted by the University Interscholastic League.