The American Judges Association, one of the largest independent organizations of judges in the United States, presented Milwaukee Judge Marshall B. Murray with its annual Judge Libby Hines Domestic Violence Award at AJA’s annual conference in Philadelphia on August 30, 2022.
The Award is given at each annual AJA conference to one judge in the US or Canada who has made a significant positive difference in the judicial response to domestic violence. Judge Murray was honored for his decades-long commitment to educating judges, nationally and internationally, on issues of family violence, including teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, and child abuse.
Judge Libby Hines (ret.), who presented the Award, noted that Judge Murray’s passion, expertise and leadership in the field and his exceptional ability to facilitate meetings and trainings for judges has positively impacted hundreds, if not thousands, of judges. “I have no doubt that Judge Murray has helped to make many communities, in addition to his own, safer, and he has improved—or even saved–the lives of women and children across the United States,” she said.
Judge Murray was appointed to the bench in 1999 and elected to the Circuit Court in Milwaukee County 22 years ago. He had previously served as head of the Domestic Violence Unit in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office and as a Milwaukee County Judicial Court Commissioner. He currently serves in the Children’s Court Division.
Judge Murray has been Presiding Judge of the Milwaukee County Domestic Violence Courts, the Family Court Division, and the Children’s Court Division. He has been a lecturer and Board member of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Assault in Austin, Tex., a national advisor to the Battered Women’s Justice Project, a Trustee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and faculty for the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, a project of the NCJFCJ, Futures Without Violence, and the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. Judge Murray is a highly sought after facilitator and serves in that capacity for the national Judicial Engagement Network (JEN) of Domestic Violence Judges, a project of the DOJ Office on Violence Against Women, the NCJFCJ, and the Center for Court Innovation. Judge Murray earned his B.A. from Williams College in 1975, and later his J.D. from the New England School of Law in 1986.
Judge Murray received a standing ovation from the judges present at the AJA Awards ceremony August 30, 2022.