Matthew joined Becket as a paralegal in May of 2022. Matthew supports Becket’s attorneys and clients by cite checking legal briefs, tracking cases, and with numerous other tasks.
Before Becket, Matthew interned as a Research Associate for the Federalist Society where he researched developments related to state attorneys general and state courts. He also interned for the Champaign County Public Defender’s Office and a congressional campaign. Matthew has continued to study American legal-political thought through programs with the Hertog Foundation, The American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation.
Matthew graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in political science with minors in legal studies and philosophy. On campus, he gained editing and writing experience as a senior columnist for the Daily Illini, researched antitrust & digital platforms as a staff writer for the Undergraduate Law Review, served as president of the Illini College Republicans and was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa. His senior thesis, The RFRA Arrowhead: Understanding State Level Religious Liberty, empirically evaluated the effect of state legislation on religious liberty litigation.
In his free time, Matthew enjoys playing chess, hiking, watercolor painting, running and staying connected with his brothers through videogames.