Prof. Michael Murray

Michael Murray

Full Time Lecturer

Law School / Faculty

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)




UMass School of Law 243


1990 Columbia Law School JD
1987 Loyola University Maryland BA
1986 Fudan University, Shanghai, China Grad. Cert.


  • Legal Skills
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Art Law
  • First Amendment
  • Civil Procedure

Research interests

  • Legal writing, rhetoric & advocacy
  • Art law
  • Copyright law
  • Right of publicity

Professional background

Professor Murray graduated from Loyola University Maryland and from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He was a member of a national champion Jessup International Law Moot Court team at Columbia and Notes Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.

After law school, he clerked for United States District Judge John F. Nangle of the Eastern District of Missouri, who was then the Chair of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Murray also practiced commercial, intellectual property, and products liability litigation for seven years at Bryan Cave law firm in St. Louis.

After leaving private practice, Professor Murray taught at the law schools of Saint Louis University, University of Illinois, Valparaiso University, University of Michigan, and University of Kentucky, and internationally in Florence, Italy, and Cambridge, UK.

Professor Murray currently has published twenty-five books and numerous law review articles on advocacy, legal research and writing, rhetoric, copyright, art law, right of publicity, and other topics.


Right of Publicity in a Nutshell (West, forthcoming, 2018)

The Sharpest Tool in the Toolbox: Visual Legal Rhetoric and Narrativity, ___ J. LEGAL EDUC. ___ (forthcoming, 2017)

A Short and Happy Guide to Copyright (West, forthcoming, 2017)

The Deskbook of Art Law: Artists' Rights in Intellectual Property, Moral Rights, and Freedom of Expression, Lexis Nexis (2017) (co-authored with Leonard D. DuBoff, Christy A.King, and James Nafziger)

The Ethics of Visual Legal Rhetoric, 13 Legal Communication and Rhetoric 107 (2016)

Post-Myriad Genetics Copyright of Synthetic Biology and Living Media, 10 Oklahoma Journal of Law and Technology 71 (2014)

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