Mark J. Murphy, Esq.
Disability Rights Network of PA, Philadelphia
Mr. Murphy is the Legal Director of the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN). He has practiced exclusively in the area of civil rights for persons with disabilities for more than 23 years. He has represented clients in numerous cases involving a wide range of disability law issues, including those involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the rights of persons in institutions, the right to community-based services, employment discrimination, guardianship and consent, and architectural barriers. From 1998-2003, Mr. Murphy served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he taught classes on disability discrimination law and mental health law. In addition, Mr. Murphy lectures frequently at continuing legal education seminars and has made many presentations to consumer, family, advocacy, and professional groups on the legal rights of persons with disabilities. Mr. Murphy received his B.A. degree and his J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. DRN was created in February 2007 through a merger of Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy and the Disabilities Law Project, for which Mr. Murphy had worked since 1987, including as Executive Director from 2003-2007. For more than 30 years, DRN has been the independent, non-profit organization designated by the Commonwealth to protect the rights of and advocate on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families and caregivers. Each year, DRN provides free services to thousands of persons with disabilities, their families, advocates, and other professionals, including training; intake and information and referral services; case advocacy; systemic legislative and policy advocacy; and legal advocacy and representation. DRN s mission is to advance, protect, and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.