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2009 Murphy Prize Awarded to George Ingham

Photo of George Ingham, center, with the Murphys

Attendees at the August 27 Welcome Back reception were privileged to witness the award of the 2009 Richard S. Murphy Memorial Prize to third-year law student George Ingham.

Ingham, a graduate of the College of William & Mary with a degree in economics, was selected by Dean Polsby for the honor based upon demonstrated excellence in the study of law and promise of contributing to the thoughtful study and analysis of the law.

Family, friends, and former students established the Richard S. Murphy Prize and Scholarship Fund to honor the memory of Richard S. Murphy, a popular young professor at the law school from 1994 until his untimely death in the spring of 1997. Murphy received his JD from the University of Chicago. After law school, he clerked for The Honorable Frank H. Easterbrookof the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis. At Mason Law he taught courses on contracts and privacy. After his first year of teaching, he was nominated by the student body for a university teaching award.

Extending his legacy further, Murphy is honored by his former students, who host a yearly pool tournament in his name to raise scholarship funds. In 1999, a bronze and granite plaque was placed at the base of a tree planted on Fairfax Drive in Murphy's honor as a permanent tribute to his contributions to the law school.

Ingham expressed his gratitude to the Murphy family, saying, "I am deeply honored to be selected as the recipient of the 2009 Murphy Prize. It was a pleasure to meet the Murphys. I am very grateful that they are so generous, both in tribute to Professor Murphy as well as in support of George Mason."

The Murphy family members, which include Richard Murphy's parents, widow, and two children, are valued and long-time supporters of the School of Law. The family can be seen frequently at the law school at events held in the late professor's honor.

Photo at top shows recipient George Ingham at center, flanked by Professor Richard Murphy's parents.