Tiffany Murphy joined OCU LAW in the fall of 2011 to run the Oklahoma Innocence Project at Oklahoma City University School of Law. Prior to OCU LAW, Murphy was legal director and interim executive director of the Midwestern Innocence Project (MIP) in Kansas City. In those roles, she has managed clinical programs at the law schools of the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) and the University of Missouri – Columbia.
Dean Emeritus Lawrence K. Hellman said OCU LAW is fortunate to benefit from a director with Murphy’s talents, experience and commitment to justice.
“Not only has she successfully launched and managed two innocence clinics at other law schools, but she also has over a decade of experience pursuing post-conviction remedies in state and federal courts across the nation,” he said.
“She is a tireless lawyer, an accomplished manager, and a dedicated teacher who will be a worthy role model for our students. She is equally devoted to providing superior representation to those who need our help and to providing a superior pedagogical experience for clinic students.”
Murphy, who established the two Missouri innocence clinics in 2007, has been involved in all aspects of developing those programs, from building a staff to leading students in investigating claims of actual innocence.
Moreover, Murphy was instrumental in landing more than $500,000 in grants for the MIP.
Prior to UKMC, Murphy did trial and appellate work as a federal defender in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Eastern Washington and Idaho.
She received both her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Michigan.
Joyce Mayer joined the Oklahoma Innocence Project in the fall of 2011 as the project’s Legal Assistant. She came to OCU LAW from the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law where she worked as an Administrative Assistant Bookkeeper for the law school and the UMKC Law Foundation.
Mayer has also worked as a Legal Assistant for several Kansas City area law firms and attorneys.
Mayer received her Associate’s Degree from Hickey Business School.