Elizabeth P. Murtagh

  • Lecturer

Elizabeth P. Murtagh teaches Criminal Defense at the Law School. She is a deputy public defender in the Charlottesville-Albemarle Public Defender Office in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Murtagh earned her B.A. in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University and her J.D. from Washington and Lee University. Murtagh is the associate editor of the "Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse Digest" and a  member of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association.

She is also a member of the Indigent Defense Commission’s Juvenile Law Study Group, the House Joint Resolution 69 Juvenile Competency Workgroup, Virginia Commission on Youth, and the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center Advisory Board of the ABA National Juvenile Defender Center. In additiona, Murtagh is also a member of the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission Standards of Practice Committee and the Indigent Defense Commission Appellate Default Committee.

Murtagh is a frequent lecturer on representing children in court for continuing legal education programs.


  • J.D.
    Washington & Lee University