DOJ official Donna Murphy to head OCC’s consumer protection division

doj_sealThe OCC named former U.S. Department of Justice official Donna Murphy on Thursday to the position of director for the regulator’s community and consumer law division, which is responsible for consumer protection efforts.

“Donna’s extensive experience in complex regulatory and policy issues in housing and fair lending enforcement makes her an excellent choice for OCC’s Director for Community and Consumer Law,” OCC Deputy Chief Counsel Daniel Stipano said.

Since October 2010, Murphy has served as the principal deputy chief for housing and civil enforcement in the civil rights division. Between 2003 and 2010, she served as the deputy chief and the acting chief for housing and civil enforcement. Murphy was also one of three individuals nominated in 2011 for a seat in a Washington D.C. court, but her appointment was stalled by the Republican Senate.

Murphy served in the Justice Department’s civil rights division for more than 20 years, beginning her career as a trial attorney before going on to become deputy chief of the Justice Department’s voting section, special counsel for police matters and deputy chief of special litigation, Main Justice reports.

Murphy earned her degree from American University in 1986 before going on to graduate from Yale Law School in 1989. Before joining the Justice Department, Murphy clerked for Judge Myron H. Thompson of the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Alabama.

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