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Name:  Patrick Thomas Murphy  

Pen Name: Patrick T. Murphy

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1939 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Murphy was born in Chicago and currently resides in the Chicago area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Murphy was Public Guardian of Cook County, Illinois, an office unique in the United States. He started his career as a state's attorney in 1964, but grew discouraged and opted for the Peace Corps. In 1967, he began working as a legal services lawyer. He was appointed public guardian in 1978, responsible at first for helping elderly people who were being abused by their relatives or in state institutions and later, in 1987, for neglected or abused children. He has received the Juvenile Justice Award of the American Bar Association and Criminal Justice Award of the governor of Illinois.

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