Michael P. MurtaghAssociate
Mr. Murtagh has also consistently maintained an active pro bono practice, focusing primarily on litigation to protect the legal rights of individuals with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. Since 2012, he has been a part of the S&C team working alongside public interest organizations in Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder, where the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California entered a permanent injunction requiring the government to provide counsel to detained individuals suffering from serious mental illnesses in California, Arizona and Washington State, and appointed a monitor to oversee the government’s compliance with the injunction. In 2017, Mr. Murtagh received Sullivan & Cromwell’s Michael A. Cooper Award for Outstanding Public Service, and in 2014, he received the ACLU’s “Equal Justice Advocacy Award” for his work on the Franco matter. Mr. Murtagh is also presently litigating a case against the California state government, challenging the constitutionality of the state’s delays in admitting to hospitals individuals with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities after they are found incompetent to stand trial.