John R Murphy

John R Murphy

Adjunct Faculty

John R. Murphy began teaching as an Adjunct in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society in 2013. He served as a prosecuting attorney in the Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office from 1987 to 2016, where he held the positions of Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney for major crimes from 2008 to 2016, Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney from 1994 to 2008, and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney from 1987 to 1994. In 2004, he was part of the prosecution team that received the Robert F. Horan, Jr. Award from the Virginia Association of Commonwealth's Attorneys for the team's successful prosecution of the "DC Sniper" cases.  Before becoming a lawyer, he worked for three years in the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice.  He was awarded the 1981 Colgate Darden undergraduate internship by the Miller Center at the University of Virginia for his work on Capitol Hill.  In law school, he was an Associate Editor of the Law Review and received an Amjur Award in the area of Federal Practice and Procedure.  He is a past recipient of a National Institute for Dispute Resolution grant at the American Bar Association's Special Committee on Dispute Resolution.  He is a member of the Virginia State Bar.


J.D., Catholic University

B.A. (American Government), University of Virginia