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Kerrel Murray

  • Associate Professor of Law
Education

University of Georgia, B.A., 2011
Stanford Law School, J.D., 2014

Areas of Specialty

Constitutional Law
Law and Democracy
Race and the Law

Kerrel Murray teaches and writes about constitutional law, election law, and race and the law, among other topics. His scholarship interrogates what democracy demands of our legal rules and institutions as well as the role of law in mediating conflict and disagreement. Before joining Columbia Law School in 2021, he completed a two-year fellowship as a post-doc research associate at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Prior to that, Murray served as a fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he co-authored amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and multiple state supreme courts. He was also an associate in Covington & Burling’s Washington, D.C., office, where he focused on complex civil litigation. He clerked for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and for Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Publications

  • “Populist Prosecutorial Nullification,” 96 N.Y.U. L. REV. 173 (2021)
  • “Good Will Hunting: How the Supreme Court’s Hunter Doctrine Can Still Shield Minorities from Political-Process Discrimination,” Note, 66 STAN. L. REV. 443 (2014)

Honors and Awards

Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence, University of North Carolina School of Law

2020

Burton Distinguished Legal Writing Award Recipient Runner-up

2015

American Constitution Society’s Constance Baker Motley National Writing Competition

2013

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