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On any given day this past semester, Kevin G. Murphy '16 could be found at his internship with General Electric, working with colleagues to prepare a presentation for the New York State Business Plan Competition, editing articles as a member of Albany Law Review, or attending to his duties as President of the law school’s Pro Bono Society.
On many days, he did them all and found time for class.
"Law school was something I had considered since college, and I am glad I made the decision to go," said Murphy, who grew up in Queensbury, N.Y., and earned his B.B.A. in Management-Entrepreneurship from the University of Notre Dame. "I’ve been fortunate to be able to participate in a number of different internships and organizations, all of which have taught me valuable lessons that I hope to apply to my future career."
After graduating from Notre Dame, Murphy briefly worked in New York City for a Broadway producer before returning to the Capital Region to serve as Legislative Director for New York State Assemblyman Tony Jordan. There, he was responsible for handling legislative affairs in the state Capitol, including drafting memoranda, researching bills, and meeting with lobbyists and constituents, among other responsibilities.
After starting at Albany Law, Murphy quickly became interested in the Pro Bono program, and eventually assumed the role of President of the Pro Bono Society at the beginning of his 2L year. His first year in this role included the launch of Albany Law School’s first-ever LGBT Law Day, as well as overseeing the ongoing success of a number of other law days and initiatives. He will continue to serve as President during his 3L year.
"Having two years to help steer an organization at the law school is really beneficial," said Murphy. "We were able to start a number of great things this year that we will be able to really get up and running next year. The Pro Bono Society is a great service to the community, and a great way for students to learn practical skills."
Through an entrepreneurship class offered at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), Murphy worked with Alexandra Scoville '16 and teammates from both CNSE and the University at Albany Business School to develop BrewMinder, an integrated sensor and analytic software aimed at eliminating the manual sampling process from commercial beer brewing. The team recently finished third in its track and won a cash prize in the New York State Business Plan Competition.
Last summer, Murphy interned with both the Washington County District Attorney’s Office and The Law Office of John C. Mannix, Jr. in Saratoga Springs. During his yearlong position with GE Ventures, he will work primarily on the licensing of intellectual property, trademarks, and related contractual agreements. He will work full time throughout the summer months and continue working part time through most of the fall semester.