Legal Counsel & Impact Litigator
Wendy Murphy represented EQUAL MEANS EQUAL in two lawsuits filed to protect women’s equality and the Equal Rights Amendment: Equal Means Equal, Jane Doe, Mary Doe, Susan Doe and similarly situated others (Plaintiffs) v.United States Department of Education, and Betsy DeVos in her official capacity as Secretary of Education (Defendants), October 19th, 2017 and Equal Means Equal, et al. v. Ferriero, January 7th , 2020
For more than fifteen years, Wendy Murphy has served as adjunct professor of sexual violence law at New England Law|Boston, where she also co directs the Women’s and Children’s Advocacy Project under the Center for Law and Social Responsibility. A former Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Wendy prosecuted child abuse and sex crimes cases for many years. In 1992 she founded the first organization in the nation to provide pro bono legal services to crime victims.
Wendy is an impact litigator whose work in state and federal courts has changed the law to better protect the constitutional and civil rights of victimized women and children. Wendy writes and lectures widely on the constitutional and civil rights of women and children, and criminal justice policy. She is a contributing editor for The Sexual Assault Report, and writes a regular column for The Patriot Ledger. Wendy has published numerous scholarly articles including a landmark law review article explaining the legal relationship between sexual assault on campus and Title IX. Wendy’s impact litigation in the area of campus sexual assault, beginning in the early 1990s, includes groundbreaking victories against Harvard College in 2002, and Harvard Law School and Princeton University in 2010, which cases led the way to widespread awareness and reforms, including the well-known April 2011 Dear Colleague Letter.