DWIGHT D. MURRAY
6943 Cottontail Ct.
Springfield, VA 22153
Dwight D. Murray was born in New Orleans, LA on June 20, 1944 to Robert W. and
Bernice C. Murray, who were also native New Orleanians. He attended schools in New
Orleans and graduated in 1968 with a BA degree in history with a minor in economics. 1968
was a very eventful year.
In that year, he married Elodie Rousseve and entered the Officer’s Candidate School
for the United States Marine Corps. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine
Corps in December 1968. Upon graduation as an infantry officer from The Basic School in
Quantico, VA., Dwight received orders to the Republic of Vietnam in June 1969. After a tour
of duty in South Vietnam, Dwight received orders to report to Quantico, VA. where he served
as a platoon commander for troops training young lieutenants at The Basic School.
In August 1971, Dwight was released from active duty from the Marine Corps and on
the same day of his release from active duty he entered Georgetown University Law Center.
While attending Georgetown, Dwight participated in the D.C. Law Students in Court
Program where he represented indigents in the local court. He received the Jeffrey Crandell
Legal Aid Award,
After graduating from Georgetown in 1974, Dwight served as a law clerk to the
Honorable Tim Murphy, Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Following his clerkship, Dwight joined the law firm of Carr, Jordan, Coyne & Savits, that
later became Jordan, Coyne & Savits where he later became a partner and remained at that
firm until he retired in October 2012. After being retired for three years, Dwight joined the
firm of Stein Mitchell Beato & Missner, LLP in Washington, DC.
During the time Dwight practiced law, he was a member of the bar of the United States
Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the United
States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the
Eighth Circuit. He also participated in the following:
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers since 1997
Adjunct Professor of Law, Catholic University Law School 1981-1985
Master, in the William Bryant Chapter, American Inns of Court, 1988-2012
Member, Civil Justice Reform Advisory Group for the United States District
Court for the District of Columbia
Member, National Conference of Bar Presidents
Member, House of Delegates, American Bar Association (1996-1997)
Member, Executive Committee for the Council of Court Excellence
Member, Lawyers’ Club
President of The Counsellors – 1990-1991
President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia – 1996. Dwight was
the first African American elected as president since the founding of the Bar
Association in 1871.
Member of the Legal Ethics Committee of the District of Columbia Bar
Chair of the Client Security Trust Fund for the District of Columbia Bar 2017
Chair of the Committee on Grievances for the United States District Court for
the District of Columbia – 2018.
In the teaching field, Dwight has lectured on trial tactics for the D.C. Bar and the
National Institute for Trail Advocacy at Georgetown University School of Law Continual
Legal Education Program and served as a Teaching Team Member of the Harvard Law
School’s Winter Trial Advocacy Workshop from 2000-2009.
In 2006, Dwight received the Lawyer of the Year Award from the Bar Association of
the District of Columbia. In 2007, he received The Lever Award in “special recognition to his
commitment to the access of justice and excellence throughout his legal career.” Dwight was
also recognized as one of Washington, DC’s Super Lawyers in the Super Lawyers’ publications
from 2008 – 2012 as well as one of Washington’s Top Lawyers in the Washingtonian Magazine.
Dwight and Elodie are the very proud parents of Michele who has a Ph.D. and is vice
president at Holy Cross College and Maria, who also has a Ph.D. in marine biology and is a
program manager at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. and grandparents to two
granddaughters Ella and Camille.