Yxta Maya Murray

Yxta Maya Murray, Professor of Law, William M. Rains Fellow

David P. Leonard Professor of Law
William M. Rains Fellow

Courses Taught

  • Criminal Law
  • Property Law (as of Fall 2019)
  • Women and the Law
  • Law and Literature
  • Sentencing
  • Sexual Orientation and the Law



  • BA, UCLA, English, 1989, cum laude 
  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1993, cum laude 


After law school, Yxta Murray clerked for the Honorable Harry Hupp in the Central District of California and then for the Honorable Ferdinand Fernandez of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena. She joined the Loyola Law School faculty in 1995.

In 2018, Professor Murray received an Art Writer's Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation in connection with Creative Capital. In 2019, Murray published a one act play about the Christine Blasey Ford hearings, titled Advice and Consent (LARB Books 2019). She was also named a finalist for the National Magazine Awards in Fiction and will be in residency at UCross in Wyoming in the Spring. Her seventh novel, Arte Povera, is forthcoming from Curbstone Press/Northwestern University Press.


Professor Murray writes about Community Constitutionalism, Criminal Law, Property Law, Gender Justice, and Law and Literature. She also writes about the relationship between law and visual, conceptual, and performance art. She has published law review articles in the California Law Review, the Columbia Journal of Gender & LawThe Michigan Journal of Race & Law, and has a work on Boyle Heights, the 5th Amendment, and gentrification forthcoming from the N.Y.U Journal of Law & Social Change. Her most recent work concerns FEMA's failures in Puerto Rico.

Professor Murray is also a novelist and an art critic. She has published six books and won a 1999 Whiting Writer's Award. Recent writings are out or forthcoming from Artillery Magazine, Aperture, Guernica, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Santa Monica Review, The Cincinnati Review, Joyland, and other magazines.