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. As of counsel based in Gupta Wessler’s offices in Washington, DC, Joshua works 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 and was named Best Oralist in the regional round of the ACS National 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. He was a summer law clerk at Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, Public Citizen Litigation Group, and the Federal Defender of New York. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSt from Oxford University, and is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.
In June 2014, Joshua and Professor Laurence Tribe published an award-winning book, Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution. Their book was honored by the Green Bag for its exemplary legal writing, awarded the American Bar Association’s 2015 Silver Gavel Honorable Mention, and listed as “notable non-fiction” by the Washington Post. It followed several co-authored articles on LGBT rights, including “The Constitutional Inevitability of Same-Sex Marriage,” 71 Md. L. Rev. 471 (2012). Next 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. He has written about a wide range of legal issues under President Trump, including the legality of the 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 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 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.