Nancy J. Murphy
Front Desk & Intake Unit Managing Attorney
Nancy joined Disability Law Center in the Northampton Office in 2005. Attorney Murphy focuses on individual and systemic advocacy for individuals with disabilities living in the community and in facilities. Attorney Murphy specializes in investigating allegations of abuse and neglect, ensuring appropriate discharge planning from a facility, and protecting individuals’ human rights in any setting. In addition to her individual advocacy for individuals in the community and in facilities, Attorney Murphy has managed and developed systemic projects on emergency preparedness for individuals requiring additional assistance, Police Department response to individuals with disabilities, and using Photovoice as a tool to work with individuals with disabilities and provide feedback to the Governor. Attorney Murphy regularly conducts on site monitoring at Vibra Hospital of Western MA and Bridgewater State Hospital.
Attorney Murphy graduated cum laude from Hamilton College in 1997 with a double major in Economics and Communication Studies. While studying for a semester at Oxford University, Attorney Murphy was the American Student Representative at the Oxford International Law Symposium. After college, she worked as a Corporate Law Legal Assistant at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in NYC, then attended George Washington University Law School. During law school, Attorney Murphy interned for the Torts Civil Litigation Unit of the U.S. Dept. of Justice as a legal research intern on the Waco, Texas Branch Davidian Litigation. She also interned at the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel. Upon graduating in 2001, Attorney Murphy returned to the NYC Law Department in the General Litigation Division where she practiced civil defense litigation for the various City agencies, including NYPD, Health and Hospitals Corporation, Education Department, and DSS.