Department of Political Science
Professor Winfield Murray
Winfield Murray, Esq.
Winfield Murray is the Deputy Chief of Staff of Atlanta's Mayor Keisha L. Bottoms.
Professor Murray teaches Constitutional Law and Moot Court. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Murray led the Morehouse Moot Court Team to become the American Collegiate Moot Court Association’s national championship team. The victory was historic on multiple levels as this was the first time that this honor had ever been achieved by an historically black college or university. The team was also the first African-American team to win the national championship. Although the Morehouse Moot Court team has only been competing for three years, they retain the distinct honor of being one of the top five teams in the country.
As a practicing attorney, Murray brings a unique perspective to the Department whether it is teaching Constitutional Law students the preferred method of briefing cases for law school or capitalizing on his fourteen years of experience as a litigator to teach trial techniques to his Moot Court students. Murray began his legal career as a Judicial Clerk for the Chief Judge of the United States Virgin Islands. He went on to serve as a prosecutor with the City of Atlanta for nearly eight years. During that time, he became the Chief Prosecutor for Atlanta’s Community Court which sought to reduce the rate of recidivism through alternative sentencing. Later, Murray became the Assistant Solicitor for the United States Department of Labor. In that capacity, he worked on a special task force created by Congress and the White House to reduce a substantial backlog of cases within the Mine Safety and Health Division (MSHA). Murray was instrumental in improving the working conditions of miners throughout the southeastern region, garnered millions in uncollected fines, and led to the rehabilitation/improvement of dangerous mines from West Virginia to Puerto Rico. Murray also serves as Trial Counsel for the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development in the Office of General Counsel where he focused on discrimination in the purchase, sale, or rental of real estate based upon race, gender, disability and/or familial status.
Of note, Murray is a sixth generation Atlantan. He decided to follow in the footsteps of his ancestors who have attended Morehouse or Spelman since his great-grandparents. In fact, his father, Winfield Ward Murray M.D., was one of the contributing founders of Morehouse School of Medicine. Murray is extremely honored to teach at Morehouse and the opportunity to prepare the next generation of legal minds.