Photo shows Ieshaah Murphy, a Black woman, with long hair and a colorful scarf around her neck. She is wearing a black top and the background is white.


Staff Attorney





Ieshaah Murphy is a staff attorney at the ACLU of Maryland with a particular interest in racial justice and civil right rights issues intersecting with the criminal system. Prior to joining the ACLU, Ieshaah worked for eight years as a trial attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where she advocated for indigent children and adults charged with serious offenses, supervised and trained new lawyers, and co-founded the agency’s annual week-long trial skills training program for law students from underrepresented communities. Ieshaah’s time as a public defender has certainly informed her strong commitment to using civil rights litigation and advocacy to attack injustices within the criminal system. Ieshaah is from Buffalo, NY, and received her B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. In addition to her work at the ACLU, Ieshaah is a founding member of the Black Public Defender Association, teaching faculty for the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, and an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School, where she prepares students to compete in trial advocacy competitions.