Teaching interests: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Election Law, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, Criminal
Education: B.A., 1982, Cornell University; J.D., 1989, William & Mary.
Experience: Law Clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Hon. Roger Vinson, (N.D. Fla.), 1989-1991;
Attorney, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1991- 2000; U.S. Attorney's
Office. E.D. Va., 1999-2000; Law professor, University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys
School of Law, 2000-present (currently Professor of Law); Visiting Professor, William
& Mary Law School, 2003.
Admitted: District of Columbia (Inactive); Tennessee
Achievements/Publications: Professor Mulroy has published over 20 articles or book chapters in such journals
as the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties L. Rev., North Carolina L. Rev., George
Mason Law Review, Tulane Law Review, Tennessee Law Review, Florida State Law Review,
and other journals on constitutional law, criminal law, election law, and criminal
procedure. He was awarded the 2009 Democracy Innovator Award by the national Fairvote
organization for his advocacy and scholarship on voting rights and election law issues.
As a law professor, he has participated in the litigation of over a dozen cutting-edge
cases in the above areas (mostly pro bono) which inform his scholarship, including the challenge to the Palm Beach County,
Florida “butterfly ballot” in the 2000 presidential election; the first-ever federal
court injunction against a state senate’s ongoing internal election recount proceedings;
litigation establishing the legal standard for coram nobis challenges to criminal convictions in Tennessee; the first commutation of a death
sentence in Tennessee in 40 years; the first federal case imposing “cumulative voting”
as a non-district remedy for minority vote dilution under the Voting Rights Act; and
a 2014 Sixth Circuit decision overturning a death sentence. He is a frequent commentator
in local media on legal issues, and has been quoted by such media organizations as
the Associated Press, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the San Antonio
Mercury News, and the Nashville Tennessean.
Prof. Mulroy served as an elected Shelby County Commissioner from 2006 through 2014,
drafting, inter alia, the county’s first ethics code, animal welfare ordinance, and first legislation
at any level in Tennessee to provide discrimination protection for the LGBT community.
He has served on the board of the Memphis Bar Association and is a Memphis Bar Fellow,
and for over ten years has served on the board of the Community Legal Center, which
provides free legal services to the working poor.
Blood Type/Chirpy Personal Motto: B Positive.
Phone: (901) 678-4494
Office: Law 362
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