Melissa Moore Murphy was born Melissa Ann Moore to Ernest Moore and Dorothy M. Moore on December 27, 1976 in Baltimore Maryland. She has 4 sisters Jacqueline, Daisy, Angel and Brandie. Melissa Moore Murphy is married to Daniel P. Murphy, Jr. (“Danny”), the Assistant Dean of Community Engagement and Diversity at the University of Kentucky College of Law and the mother of 3 children.
Melissa graduated from Atherton High School, in Louisville, KY, in 1994. In 1998, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History in the Honors Program from the University of Kentucky. At graduation, Melissa was Sullivan Award nominee and Doris Y. Wilkerson Award, awarded to the Outstanding African-American female graduate. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2001. While at UK, she worked as a UK Ambassador, she was elected as an at-large representative to the Student Government Association (SGA) Senate and she served as a Justice and Chief Justice on the SGA Supreme Court.
Melissa spent 12 of her 15-year legal career as a criminal prosecutor. She has worked as an Assistant Fayette County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Assistant McCracken County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Assistant Fayette County Attorney and a Special Assistant United States’ Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky. She is currently an attorney in the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s (LFUCG) Law Department. At LFUCG, she has the opportunity to advise and represent various departments and divisions, including the Department of Social Services, Division of Grants and Special Programs, Division of Enhanced 911, Division of Police, the Office of Affordable Housing and the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention.
Melissa is a member of the Kentucky and Fayette County Bar Associations and the John Rowe Chapter of the National Bar Association (Lexington’s Minority Bar Association), where she has served as President and Secretary. As a member of the Kentucky Bar, she has had the opportunity to present at the Annual Conference in 2011 and 2012. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center Board of Directors and GreenHouse17, and she is a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Melissa has served as an elected Parent representative on the Site-Based Decision Making Councils at Meadowthorpe Elementary, Lexington Traditional Magnet School, and Bryan Station High School. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Melissa was inducted into Atherton High School Hall Fame in 2006, named McCracken County Alben W. Barkley Distinguished Citizen Award in 2007, and was selected as Distinguished Leader for the 2015-16 Commerce Lexington Leadership Lexington Class.
Melissa is a member of Consolidated Baptist Church in Lexington. She is an ordained minister and is active in the Music Ministry as a Worship Leader.