Curriculum Vitae

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science & International Affairs

Matt is a PhD student at the University of Georgia studying political science with a focus on judicial politics. Matt is also a licensed attorney in Florida and previously taught several courses at the University of Central Florida.

Education
  • University of Central Florida, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minor in History, magna cum laude May 2009
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude May 2013
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Matt attended the University of Central Florida for his Bachelor’s degree, graduating with high honors. Later Matt graduated from law school at the University of Florida with honors as well as a commendation for outstanding achievement in pro bono work.
After law school he was an Assistant Public Defender in Orange County for over five years. There he represented thousands of clients charges with offenses ranging from simple possession to sexual battery and attempted murder. His legal experience in misdemeanor, VOP and felony courtrooms ranged from simple hearings to complicated trials. He was counsel of record for 25 jury trials.

From 2016-2019 he coached a mock trial team at the University of Central Florida. His teams won numerous individual awards as well as the Stetson Invitational in 2017 and Scarlet and Cream Invitational in 2019. He was also an adjunct professor of both Political Science and Legal Studies where he taught courses on American Government, Individual Liberties, Legal Research, Legal Writing and Law and the Legal System. He also developed a course on Law & Society for a fully online learning environment.

Of Note

Member of the Florida Bar, 2013-Present

Research Interests

Matt is interested in studying judicial behavior, as well as judicial institutions, constitutional law and judicial nominations.