Erin Murphy is a professor at NYU Law and a Reporter on the project to update the Sexual Assault provisions in the Model Penal Code. This project updates the provisions from the original 1962 Code, including defining terms such as “consent.”
Here research focuses on technology and forensic evidence in the criminal justice system. She is a nationally recognized expert in forensic DNA typing, and her work has been cited multiple times by the Supreme Court. She presently serves as the Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute's project: Sexual Assault and Other Related Offenses. Her book, Inside the Cell: The Dark Side of Forensic DNA, was released in October 2015 (Nation Books). Erin is co-editor of the Modern Scientific Evidence treatise. She has translated her scholarly writing for more popular audiences by publishing in Scientific American, the New York Times, USA Today, Slate, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Huffington Post, and has offered commentary for numerous media outlets, including NPR, CNN, MSNBC, and NBC Nightly News.
A proud recipient of the 2012 Podell Distinguished Teaching Award, Erin teaches criminal law and procedure, evidence, forensic evidence, and professional responsibility in the criminal context, among other courses. She joined the NYU faculty after five years at UC Berkeley School of Law. Prior to that, Erin spent five years as an attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. She received her BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College in 1995 and her JD from Harvard Law School in 1999, both magna cum laude. She clerked for Judge Merrick B. Garland on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.