Arthur W. Murphy

Joseph Solomon Professor Emeritus in Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Assistant Info

Name: Carmen Abber
Phone: 212.854.7467


Public Affairs, 212.854.2650

COURSE:  Professor Murphy retired from teaching: December 2010.


Columbia Law School mourns the loss of our distinguished professor, alumnus, and colleague, Arthur W. Murphy, who passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at the age of 93. Read more about Professor Murphy's contributions to Columbia Law School and to society.

A.B., Harvard, 1943; LL.B., Columbia, 1948.  Articles editor, Columbia Law Review.  After some years as a litigator in private practice and with the Department of Justice, Civil Division, joined the Columbia faculty in 1963, teaching legal method, trusts and estates, and administrative law.  In 1969 was visiting professor at the University of Delhi on a Ford Foundation grant designed to improve legal education in India.  Major extracurricular activities have been in the area of science and law.  Has served on the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board of the Atomic Energy Commission, the Special Committee of Science and Law, the Special Committee on Electric Power and the Environment of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Atomic and Space Development Authority, and the Presidential Commission on Catastrophic Nuclear Accidents. Publications include Gratuitous Transfers (with Clark and Lusky); Legal Method:  Cases and Text Materials (with Jones and Kernochan); and The Nuclear Power Controversy.