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Savannah Murphy is an attorney who mainly practices Special Education Law. Savannah obtained her B.A in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law and Theatre with a concentration in Acting for Theatre, TV, and Film from East Stroudsburg University (ESU) in 2018. Savannah graduated Magna Cum Laude from ESU. She subsequently obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2021 from Ohio Northern University-Pettit College of Law, where she graduated as valedictorian. During her time in Law School, Savannah participated in the Ohio Northern University Law Review, serving as a Staff Editor for Volume 46, and Research Articles Editor for Volume 47. In addition, Savannah participated in Ohio Northern University's American Bar Association Appellate Moot Court team. However, Savannah most enjoyed her role as a Teaching Assistant for Civil Procedure because she was able to assist students in understanding material and give guidance on what it took to be a successful law student.
Savannah had been working at Murphy & Murphy in many forms throughout her life. However, after receiving her Juris Doctorate, Savannah began to dedicate her time to Special Education law. Savannah passed the Pennsylvania Bar exam in 2021 and is Admitted to Practice in the State of Pennsylvania and in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
In 2022, Savannah's first Law Review Article was published by the Ohio Northern University Law Review. Her article, It Starts and Ends with the Schools: Using Strict IDEA Enforcement to Sunder the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Special Education Students 48 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 359 (2022) tackles the controversial topic of disabled Students who find themselves in the jaws of the School-to Prison Pipeline due to behaviors that manifested from their disability. Savannah hopes to continue producing articles in this area of the law. She welcomes inspiration for topics.
Savannah always knew she wanted to be an attorney and advocate for students with disabilities. As a student with Dyslexia, Savannah sat through her own IEP meetings, she struggled to seamlessly maintain pace with her peers, and she tried to hide the fact she needed academic accommodations. Savannah never tested well on standardized tests. However, she never let those numbers define her. Her SAT and ACT test scores indicated that she was not ready for college. She graduated with honors. Her LSAT score indicated she would not pass the bar. Many law schools passed on her application. Yet, she graduated top of her class. Savannah wants any student with a disability to know that they can achieve their dreams. It may take more work, long hours, or a little bit of extra help. The only person who can define your limitations is you.
Overall, Savannah understands what a student with a disability endures. Savannah also has siblings with disabilities and has witnessed their growth. Savannah's family has dedicated themselves to serving this disabled students and their families. Her goal is to help one student at a time recognize their abilities and achieve their goals.