Matt helps assert the rights of Oregonians who are having difficulty getting or keeping a job because of disability-related barriers and are seeking or receiving employment services from the following agencies: Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Independent Living (IL) centers, Oregon Commission for the Blind vocational services, and Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation programs.
He also assists Oregonians who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and have a disability-related employment issue that prevents them from starting a job or returning to work. To help bring about broader change, he works to elevate the needs of individuals with disabilities through state and local policy work on vocational rehabilitation and other employment-related issues.
Matt has worked as a court-appointed criminal defense attorney, and clerked for Justices Rebecca Duncan and Meagan Flynn on the Oregon Court of Appeals and Judge Douglas Van Dyk in the Clackamas County Circuit Court.
He received his B.A. in urban studies and political science from Stanford University in 2005. He received his J.D. from Gonzaga University in 2011, where he was awarded the Thomas More Scholarship in recognition of his commitment to public service. As a law student, he interned for the ACLU of Alaska and the Oregon Law Center.
Prior to law school, he lived for a year in a community dedicated to social justice while assisting the homeless population in Anchorage, Alaska, as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). He also worked for the ACLU of Alaska and for Trustees for Alaska—an environmental law firm dedicated to protecting and sustaining Alaska’s environment. Matt was born and raised in Oregon.