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Joshua Matz

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Joshua Matz is a lawyer and writer based 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 President Trump's revised travel ban, the significance of the special prosecutor appointment, and President Trump's continuing emoluments violations.  His articles 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 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 for significant propositions in its en banc ruling against the President's order.
  • 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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No, the Chief Justice Did Not Just Embrace Obergefell

6/27/17  //  Commentary

Many commentators have misunderstood the significance of a per curiam ruling by the Supreme Court yesterday.

Joshua Matz

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Trump Is Ushering In A Kleptocracy. That's Why He Is Being Sued

6/14/17  //  Commentary

If recent events are any sign, the public will not stand idly by as Trump turns our nation into a banana republic.

Joshua Matz

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Maryland and DC Have Standing to Sue Trump for Emoluments Violations

6/12/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

The constitutional arguments supporting state standing in this landmark Emoluments Clause case are exceptionally powerful.

Laurence H. Tribe

Harvard Law School

Joshua Matz

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A Deportation That "Diminishes Not Only Our Country But Our Courts"

5/31/17  //  Quick Reactions

An extraordinary concurrence by Judge Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit condemns inhumanity and injustice in our immigration system.

Joshua Matz

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It Matters How and When SCOTUS Reviews the Muslim Ban

5/30/17  //  In-Depth Analysis

A detailed guide to how and when the Muslim Ban might reach the Supreme Court (and why this question really matters).

Joshua Matz

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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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