Director of Legal Analysis and Writing and
Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., University of Iowa College of Law
M.A., University of Iowa Graduate College
B.A., Spelman College
Professor McMurtry-Chubb joined the University of La Verne College of Law faculty in 2009 as the Director of Legal Analysis and Writing and Assistant Professor of Law. McMurtry-Chubb researches, teaches and writes in the areas of legal analysis and writing, employee benefits, professional responsibility, legal history, critical legal studies, comparative gender studies and hegemony studies. She has lectured nationally on structural workplace discrimination, disproportionate sentencing for African Americans, racial and gender inequalities in post-secondary education, and African diasporic cultural forms. She has also facilitated narrative mediations of racial disputes in the academic workplace. Professor McMurtry-Chubb has taught at Loyola Law School-LA, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, The University of Iowa, Des Moines Area Community College, Drake University School of Law, and Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University. While at Fairhaven College, she served as an Assistant Professor of Law and Hegemony Studies, and was the co-founder and first director of Fairhaven’s Center for Law, Diversity and Justice.
Prior to returning to academia, Professor McMurtry-Chubb was a Civil Litigation Associate at the law firm of Huber, Book, Cortese, Happe & Brown, P.L.C. in Des Moines, IA. At the time she joined the firm, she was the first person of color ever to be hired there and one of two African American women in the entire state of Iowa in private practice. She practiced in the areas of insurance defense, employment discrimination, and employee benefits involving the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Before entering private practice, McMurtry-Chubb became the first African American woman hired as a law clerk for the 5th Judicial District of Iowa.
In addition to teaching and practice Professor McMurtry-Chubb has served as the Chair of the Iowa National Bar Association (the founding chapter of the National Bar Association), and as an appointee of Governor Tom Vilsack to the Iowa State Historical Society Board of Trustees. She is a member of both the Iowa (inactive) and Washington State (active) Bar Associations.