Martha Matthews

Martha Matthews is Directing Attorney of the Children’s Rights Project at Public Counsel. Previously, from 2005 to 2011 she was a supervising and appellate attorney at Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles.

From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Matthews was a staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California, where her work focused on civil rights and discrimination issues affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, especially issues affecting youth. From 1991 to 1995 and 1998 to 2000, Ms. Matthews was a staff attorney at the National Center for Youth Law, specializing in litigation and other advocacy to improve foster care, welfare, and other government programs affecting low-income families, children and youth. 

Ms. Matthews has also held teaching positions at several law schools.  In 2004-2005, she was Clinical Professor and Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic at USC Law School. In 1996-1998 Ms. Matthews developed and directed the Family Advocacy Program at Stanford Law School. In 1995-1996, Ms. Matthews was a visiting professor at the University of California Los Angeles law school.

Ms. Matthews is a 1987 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. After graduation from law school, Ms. Matthews served as a law clerk for Judge Thelton E. Henderson in the Northern District of California, Judge [now Justice] Stephen Breyer in the First Circuit, and Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun. 

Ms. Matthews currently resides in Los Angeles with her spouse Yolanda Vera and their children.