Bancroft Partner Erin E. Murphy
In her first appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court, Bancroft Partner Erin E. Murphy scored a major win. Murphy, arguing for the appellants in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, No. 12-536, convinced the majority of justices to reverse the limits on the total amount that any individual can contribute to federal candidates in a two-year election cycle.
The 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court ignited a firestorm of publicity around the impact it will have on campaign financing. According to the majority ruling, the aggregate contribution limits imposed by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act violated the First Amendment. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., ruled, “There is no right in our democracy more basic than the right to participate in electing our political leaders.”
While it was her first argument before the Supreme Court, the setting is a familiar one for Murphy—she served as a law clerk for Roberts and as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General.
Murphy focuses on appellate litigation and strategic counseling. Along with her SCOTUS appearance, she has argued cases in multiple U.S. Courts of Appeals and has briefed a wide range of civil and criminal issues, including First Amendment, Second Amendment, Fifth Amendment, Seventh Amendment, Due Process Clause, Ex Post Facto Clause, copyright, tax, SEC and complex administrative law issues.