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Joshua Matz

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Joshua Matz is a lawyer and writer. He entered private practice after serving as a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court (2014-15). Previously, Joshua clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2013-14), and for Judge J. Paul Oetken of the Southern District of New York (2012-13).  

Joshua holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSt from Oxford University. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as Articles & Book Reviews Chair of the Harvard Law Review and president of the American Constitution Society. From 2011 to 2012, Joshua wrote news round-ups for SCOTUSblogForbes named Joshua to its “30 under 30” Law & Policy List for 2014, and in 2016 named him an “Alumni All-Star” of past Law & Policy honorees.  

In June 2014, Joshua and Professor Laurence Tribe published an award-winning book entitled Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution. This followed several co-authored articles on LGBT rights, including "The Constitutional Inevitability of Same-Sex Marriage," 71 Md. L. Rev. 471 (2012). In addition, Joshua has written about a wide range of legal issues under President Trump, including the legality of President Trump's revised travel ban, the significance of the special prosecutor appointment, and President Trump's continuing emoluments violations.  His articles recently have appeared in the Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, ACS Blog, and Wired Magazine.

Joshua maintains an active civil rights practice.  Representative matters include:

  • Representing plaintiffs in CREW v. Trump, a case filed in the Southern District of New York challenging President Trump's violations of the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses.
  • Representing church-state scholars as amici curiae in a Fifth Circuit appeal challenging HB 1523, Mississippi's anti-LGBT "religious freedom" law.
  • Representing fifty leading constitutional scholars as amici curiae in the Fourth and Ninth Circuit cases concerning President Trump's revised travel ban.  
      • The Fourth Circuit cited and quoted this amicus brief in its en banc ruling.
  • Representing an inmate in the Ninth Circuit challenging the revocation of his in forma pauperis status under the Prison Litigation Reform Act. 

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Challenging the 'Travel Ban' in the Supreme Court

9/19/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

Will the President’s own words mean nothing to the Court, even as they mean everything to millions affected by his order?

Joshua Matz

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The Ninth Circuit's Latest Order and The Zombie Travel Ban

9/7/17  //  Quick Reactions

And now what? We’re condemned to battle the zombie-like remains of this cruel order as it shuffles about the world for just a few more weeks, ruining lives and embarrassing our tradition of religious liberty.

Joshua Matz

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Important Update on an Emoluments Case Against Trump

8/5/17  //  Latest Developments

Late last night, the plaintiffs in CREW v. Trump filed their brief opposing President Trump's motion to dismiss the case.

Joshua Matz

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A New Front in the Emolument Wars

7/20/17  //  Commentary

If the people of this nation want a president who acts unclouded by private financial benefits, they must step up and insist that their officials not pay illegal emoluments to Trump in the first place

Joshua Matz

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The Supreme Court’s Travel Ban

7/19/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Supreme Court is now a co-owner and co-author of the travel ban. That grows truer every time it tinkers with minutiae of this cruel, unjustified policy. And with that position comes major institutional risk to the Supreme Court’s public legitimacy.

Joshua Matz

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Fifth Circuit Ruling Threatens LGBT Rights & Religious Freedom

7/17/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

The Fifth Circuit his reversed a preliminary injunction against HB 1523, Mississippi's unusual anti-LGBT "religious freedom" law. Its reasoning is incorrect and at odds with precedent. En banc review is warranted to establish uniformity in the law and vindicate important constitutional principles.

Joshua Matz

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