Matt joined NARF’s Anchorage office in March 2013.
Matt grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. He graduated cum laude from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a B.A. in Political Science. He received his J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law in 2012.
During law school, Matt was an officer in UM’s NALSA branch and the Managing Editor for the Public Land and Resources Law Review. At graduation, he received the Eddie McClure Service Award from Indian Law Section of the Montana State Bar for his work as a student attorney for the Indian Law Clinic. During law school, Matt clerked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Helena, Montana, where he worked on Major Crimes Act prosecutions pending before Montana federal District Courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. After graduation, he served as a law clerk for Superior Court Judge Carl J.D. Bauman in Kenai, Alaska.
At NARF, Matt works in the areas of the Indian Child Welfare Act, tribal court jurisdiction, voting rights, as well as tribal natural resources and subsistence.
He is admitted to practice law in Montana and Alaska, as well as the federal District of Alaska, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.