Law & Government Institute Welcomes Alumnus Patrick J. Murphy for 3rd Annual Lecture
Web Editor - Published: October 4, 2012
2012PatrickMurphyLectureNews235Widener Law and the Law and Government Institute are honored to welcome back to campus former Congressman Patrick J. Murphy for the 3rd Patrick J. Murphy lecture to be held on Monday, October 8, 2012 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room L203 on the Harrisburg campus. A 1999 Harrisburg campus graduate, Congressman Murphy represented Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District in Washington, D.C.

Murphy, a Partner with Fox Rothschild LLP in Philadelphia, will discuss leadership and the law. He was the first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress.

At Widener, Patrick was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honor Society, President of the St. Thomas More Society, worked in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office and later as a leader in the Harrisburg Civil Law Clinic while concurrently serving in the Army Reserve. He also worked as legislative aide to Thomas Tangretti, a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Westmoreland County.

During his military career, Patrick trained as an airborne and air assault paratrooper, and later served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in New York, a prosecutor in North Carolina, and an assistant professor of Constitutional Law at West Point. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, Murphy went into his commander’s office and volunteered to deploy. His first deployment was to Bosnia in 2002 and the second was to Baghdad, Iraq from 2003–2004. While in Baghdad, Patrick served as a Captain in the Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division, and was later awarded the Bronze Star for Service.