Matthew Spurlock


Matthew Spurlock was the firm’s 2016-2017 Fellow in Appellate and Constitutional Litigation. He joined the firm in September 2016 following two years as a legal fellow with the ACLU’s National Security Program, where he worked on litigation related to government’s targeted-killing program, Guantanamo detention, and electronic surveillance. Before joining the ACLU, Matt served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers of the Connecticut Supreme Court and Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Following his fellowship Matt joined the Massachusetts Public Defender Division, where he briefs and argues appeals as part of the statewide Appeals Unit.
Matt is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. While in law school, he worked on accountability for Guantanamo psychologists in Harvard’s International Human Rights clinic and cancellation of removal applications for Portuguese-speaking clients at the Immigration and Refugee Clinic, and served as an editor of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Matt has interned at the ACLU of Michigan, the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, and the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project.