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Kelly Lise Murray

Instructor in Law

Kelly Lise Murray teaches legal writing and continuing professional education. She has been a legal scholar and serial entrepeneur for Realty Asset Dispute Resolution since 2007. She also serves as the lead investigator/faculty for the National Family Court Project on Housing and Financial Justice, which aims to increase access to justice for divorcing spouses in family courts by promoting financial literacy and fostering informed financial decisionmaking about housing and joint debt.

Professor Murray led a Plenary Session on divorce real estate at the American Bar Association Family Law Section’s April 2010 meeting in New Orleans and has taught nationally for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals national forum in 2017 in Phialdelphia and in 2010 in Washington, D.C. She also presented at the national meetings of the Association of Attorney-Mediators in 2022, the Association of Professional Family Mediators and Association of Divorce Financial Planners in 2018 and the National Association of REALTORS® in 2018 and 2019. She co-founded in 2012 and in 2008 and has developed curriculum and trained hundreds of family judges and real estate, financial, legal professionals and divorcing homeowners about property valuation and other property-related issues that arise in divorce settlements. She served on the Education Advisory Committee of the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission from 2013 to 2015 and was a member of the Faculty Advisory Council for the Vanderbilt Institute of Digital Learning (VIDL).

Murray graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford and cum laude from Harvard Law School. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois. Before joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty as a legal writing instructor in 2005 and co-founding, she practiced commercial litigation in Chicago for six years.

Research Interests

Housing and financial justice in family court, including insurability and joint debt literacy; real property valuation, disposition, and division per dissolution (marital/non-marital)