Student Profile: Matthew Fritz-Mauer

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Dual degree you are pursuing: J.D./Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society

Research interests/agenda: My research interests include, generally speaking, issues surrounding workers’ rights. In particular, I want to research wage theft, especially its scope, prevalence, effects, and the ways in which various jurisdictions attempt to address the problem, as well as how effective these various strategies are at meaningfully addressing the problem

Past Education: University of Delaware, B.A. in Criminal Justice, graduate of the university honors program, 2009

Academic Experiences:

  • University of California, Irvine, Teaching Assistant (January 2011–June 2011; September 2012–August 2014)
  • University of California, Irvine School of Law, Research Assistant for Prof. Mario Barnes (Spring 2014–Present)
  • Pro Bono Achievement Award (2013–14)
  • Peterson/Microsemi Fellow (2014–15)

Presentations, Publications:

  • “Public Defenders: Zealous Advocacy in a Judgmental Environment,” UC Irvine Associated Graduate Students Symposium, April 2014 (Awarded “Best Presentation in the School of Law”)
  • “Public Defenders: Zealous Advocacy in a Judgmental Environment,” Law and Society Association, Minneapolis, MN, May 2014
  • “Workers’ Rights and Wage Theft: The Practical Application of California’s ‘Employee-Friendly’ Labor Laws,” Class Crits, Davis, CA, November 2014

Employment Highlights:

  • The Honorable Harry T. Edwards, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Washington, D.C., Judicial Law Clerk, expected August 2016–August 2017
  • Bredhoff & Kaiser, P.L.L.C., Washington, D.C., Summer Associate, May 2015–Present
    Researched and wrote memoranda on a broad variety of legal issues, including ERISA preemption, common law assault and battery in the context of labor protests, the duty of fair representation, the weighing of evidence in labor arbitrations, and more.

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