Debbie Murphy
Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
Year
2020
Chapter
Position
Paralegal, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas

Debbie Murphy works with low income individuals with a variety of civil legal issues as a paralegal at a nonprofit law firm. Debbie has always had a heart for helping others, but never knew growing up how much that would influence her life. Her desire to help others flourished into a passion 12 years ago when she started volunteering at a domestic violence shelter. Since then, Debbie has volunteered for a diverse range of nonprofit organizations that offer help to some of the most vulnerable populations such as victims of violence, the elderly, the homeless and persons with disabilities.

Debbie is no stranger to advocacy; before she started working as a paralegal, she spent many years working in the disability community providing supports and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). While working in the IDD field Debbie realized the gaps in community awareness surrounding the supports and services available and determined to gain the knowledge needed to empower the IDD community to advocate for themselves. Due to that determination, Debbie is known for her expertise in governmental benefits such as Medicaid.

Debbie has a passion for disability rights and empowering those who are under resourced and economically disadvantaged through community awareness. Debbie is one of the founding board members of a nonprofit that provides toys to some of the lowest income children in Dallas County each December. Debbie has the characteristics, passion, and drive to make a significant impact and is honored to help those in her community. Debbie holds a bachelor's degree in criminology from University of Texas at Dallas.