CLOSING ARGUMENT is a blog focused on truth, justice, the law and the politics that gets in between. We will focus on Rhode Island and Massachusetts, but will also discuss important national matters as well.
The blog was created in 2009 by Matt Jerzyk. Matt is the Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Providence. Previously, he was an attorney with a practice in medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, products liability, civil rights and workers rights at DeLuca and Weizenbaum, Ltd. in Providence, Rhode Island. Matt is admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Matt previously created the award-winning RIFuture.org political blog in 2005 before selling it in 2008. He has appeared in the Wall St. Journal, the Phoenix, the USA Today, the Providence Business News, the Providence Journal, WRNI, Newsmakers, NPR’s All Things Considered, the Democratic National Convention, NBC 10 News Conference, Daily Kos, MyDD.com, RI Lawyers Weekly and was named 1 of the most 8 notable Rhode Islanders in 2008.
After graduating magna cum laude from Brown University in 1999, Matt spent a decade fighting for justice and to advance the common good. As a criminal justice consultant, he advised the Governor’s Commission on Race, Police and Community Relations and developed legislation creating a civilian review board in Providence. Matt then became the founding executive director of Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, a labor and community coalition with over forty organizational members. In that position, Matt developed strategic initiatives to benefit working families including a reform of government tax stabilization policies to include affordable housing, worker protections, higher wages, increased benefits, local hiring and increased use of minority and women contractors.
Matt also worked as a communications and government relations organizer for District 1199 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where he crafted legislation and developed public relations strategies to win collective bargaining rights for home-based child care providers.
He also used his community and union organizing skills in the political area. In 2002, he was the campaign manager for Providence City Councilman Miguel Luna and, in 2004, he ran the successful campaign for State Representative Grace Diaz, the first Dominican-American woman elected to state office in the history of the United States.
In 2008, Matt received his Juris Doctorate from Roger Williams University School of Law. While in the honors program at the law school, Matt started the law school’s first chapter of the American Constitution Society and received recognition for his efforts to change the name of the law school. In 2008, the student bar association gave him an award as the best student organization president of the year. Throughout law school, Matt worked as a law clerk at Motley Rice LLC where he focused on litigation against the lead paint industry in Rhode Island and dozens of other jurisdictions in addition to working on complex litigation involving environmental contamination and corporate misconduct.
NOTE: The views expressed on this site are the views of Matt Jerzyk and the other authors on this site ONLY and are not attributable to any employer or other organization. Blogging is Matt’s non-worktime hobby. Further, nothing on this site should be understood to create an attorney/client relationship.
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