Jim Murphy


Jim Murphy is the Director of the Environmental Advocacy Clinic. He joined the Clinic in 2019 and also serves as the Legal Advocacy Director of the National Wildlife Federation. Jim has focused his work on legal engagement on behalf of people, places, and wildlife with the judicial, administrative, and legislative branches of government with a focus on energy, climate, and water issues. He has worked over the years to advance legal and regulatory solutions to carbon pollution, protecting wildlife from harmful fossil fuel projects, promoting clean, wildlife-friendly renewable energy, safeguarding wetlands and waters from pollution and destruction, and protecting endangered species. Jim has represented NWF and other conservation groups as party or amici in several precedent setting cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Courts. He has been extensively published in law reviews and other legal publications on issues such as water policy and law, transportation and smart growth, and energy production. He also frequently speaks at national legal conferences on environmental issues, and is an editorial board member of the ABA’s Natural Resources and Environment journal. Jim serves on several boards, including the American Wind Wildlife Institute, where he recently served as Chair, and the Vermont advisory board of Conservation Law Foundation.  Prior to joining NWF in 2003, he worked with the Conservation Law Foundation, in private practice, and on Capitol Hill.  He has an LL.M., summa cum laude, in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, a J.D. from Boston College Law School, and B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Vermont.