After graduating from Texas Law, Mary Murphy worked in New Orleans as a staff attorney at the Orleans Public Defenders. She was a member of the Public Defender Corps, a postgraduate fellowship program funded by Equal Justice Works and Gideon’s Promise. She represented clients in misdemeanor and felony cases at OPD for over three years. From December 2014 to March 2021, she was a staff attorney at the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, a New Orleans-based nonprofit organization that defends children in the juvenile justice system through direct representation and policy advocacy. Mary recently returned to Texas Law where she is the Public Interest Career Counselor in the Career Services Office.
At Texas Law, Mary participated in the Human Rights Clinic and the Domestic Violence Clinic. She served as editor in chief of the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, and also participated in the Public Interest Law Association, the Human Rights Law Society, and Street Law. She spent her summers working for the Orleans Public Defenders and Advocacy, Inc. in Austin.