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Joshua Matz

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Joshua Matz is a lawyer in Washington, D.C.  He entered private practice after serving as a law clerk to Justice Anthony M. 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 SCOTUSblog.  Forbes 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 Trump's immigration/refugee executive order and Trump's continuing violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause. 

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Trump’s Foreign Emoluments: Another Fig Leaf Falls Away

5/25/17  //  Commentary

Trump's widely-touted plan to comply with the Foreign Emoluments Clause has always been inadequate and riddled with tough questions. Now we have answers to some of those questions—and they confirm that Trump's hotel-related violations will persist unabated.

Joshua Matz

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Why Trump's Motives Do (And Don't) Matter — The Comey/Flynn Incident

5/17/17  //  Commentary

While inquiries into motive need not control legal analysis of Trump's recent conduct, such questions will inevitably shape public (and legal) understanding in profound ways. Sadly, that means we're all about to voyage still deeper into Trump's psyche. This may be a path to madness, but there is no other way forward.

Joshua Matz

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New Hotel-Owner Plaintiff in CREW Emolument Lawsuit

5/11/17  //  Latest Developments

Yesterday, CREW again amended its complaint alleging that President Trump has violated the Domestic and Foreign Emoluments Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Notably, CREW added another plaintiff: Eric Goode, the owner of several famous hotels, restaurants, bars and event spaces in New York.

Joshua Matz

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Why Firing Comey Guts DOJ's Main Defense of the Muslim Ban 

5/10/17  //  Commentary

Sometimes, when an emissary of the President asks courts to “trust us,” things the President does elsewhere can fatally undermine judicial confidence in the President’s respect for rule of law values. We’ve seen it before and we’re about to see it again.

Joshua Matz

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Travel Ban Misconceptions Part III: False Analogies To “Imprecise” Campaign Talk

5/4/17  //  Commentary

Trump's promise to ban Muslims was no vague, imprecise, or passing comment made on the fly during campaign season. It was a deliberate, carefully considered, and oft-repeated promise that fit perfectly into Trump's broader vision of discrimination against American Muslims.

Amir Ali

Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center

Joshua Matz

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Travel Ban Misconceptions II: Animus & Non-Citizen/Foreign Muslims

5/3/17  //  Commentary

The Muslim Ban targets Muslims everywhere. The notion that it reflects, at most, animus toward foreign (or non-citizen) Muslims doesn't withstand scrutiny. There can be no doubt that it inflicts severe and continuing injury on the American Muslim Community.

Amir Ali

Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center

Joshua Matz

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