Joshua Matz entered private practice after serving as a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Judge J. Paul Oetken of the Southern District of New York. Joshua is based in Gupta Wessler’s offices in Washington, DC, where he works as of counsel for the firm on a wide range of appellate and constitutional litigation projects.
Joshua 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. He was a semifinalist in the Ames Moot Court Competition. 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. During law school, he worked at Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, Public Citizen Litigation Group, and the Federal Defender of New York. Joshua holds a B.A. (magna cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSt (with distinction) from Oxford University, and is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.
In March 2012, Joshua and Harvard Law Professor Larry Tribe published “The Constitutional Inevitability of Same-Sex Marriage,” 71 Md. L. Rev. 471 (2012). In June 2014, they published an award-winning book, Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution. This year, they will publish their second book together, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment.
Joshua is the publisher of Take Care, a blog dedicated to incisive analysis of the legal issues raised by Donald Trump’s presidency. In addition, he has written about a wide range of legal questions under President Trump. His articles have appeared in the Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, ACS Blog, and Wired Magazine. Joshua is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a course entitled, “Constitutional Litigation and the Current Administration.”
Joshua maintains an active constitutional litigation and civil rights practice. Representative matters include:
Litigation against Donald Trump under the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses in the Southern District of New York and the District of Maryland
Representing Leandra English in litigation challenging President Trump’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Representing the American Association for Justice and the National Consumer Law Center as amici in China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh, a U.S. Supreme Court case about the application of equitable tolling to class actions
Representing the Center for Southern Equality and individual plaintiffs in a challenge to HB 1523, Mississippi’s anti-LGBT “religious freedom” law
Representing fifty constitutional scholars as amici curiae challenging President Trump’s revised travel ban in the courts of appeals and the Supreme Court
Representing an inmate in the Ninth Circuit challenging the revocation of his in forma pauperis status under the Prison Litigation Reform Act