JD, New York School of Law, 2014
MA, Music Composition, University of Minnesota, 2010
BS, Chemistry and BA, Music Theory, Case Western Reserve University, cum laude, 2008
Matthew Ahn joins the C|M|LAW faculty for the 2021-22 school year as a Visiting Professor of Law. His research focuses on the ways in which judicial discretion is embedded in procedural rules and the manner in which those rules affect judges’ usage of that discretion.
Most recently, he worked at the Federal Public Defender’s Office, representing defendants charged with a wide range of federal crimes. As an appellate specialist, he brought a series of appeals in front of the Sixth Circuit during the COVID-19 pandemic that expanded the scope of federal compassionate release motions within the circuit.
Following a stint at a state appellate public defender’s office in New York City after law school, he clerked for Judge Lawrence E. Kahn of the Northern District of New York and Judge Jane R. Roth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He also worked at a plaintiffs’ side special education nonprofit in New York City, litigating and trying tuition and placement actions under the Individuals with Disabilities Act.
Civil Procedure; Race, Racism, and the Law; Advanced Brief Writing