Category Archives: Gratuitous Self Promotion

“Invest in Peace” Fundraiser – April 29, 2010

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Using Twitter to Find Clients

LawyersUSA has an interesting story about how Twitter may be alluring but does it bring in more clients?

Lawyers who have caught the Twitter bug can wax poetic about how the micro-blogging site allows them to make new connections, increase their exposure, display their expertise to a wider audience, and even score speaking or writing gigs. However, for the most part, they are not getting new clients. But there are some success stories out there. …

You can follow me on Twitter here.

WRNI on New Media and Politics

Ian Donnis interviewed me for his lengthy feature on new media and politics.  The story also features freshman State Representative Chris Fierro and Barack Obama’s state coordinator, Rep. Ray Sullivan.   Click here to check it out.

The social messaging service Twitter has figured prominently during recent unrest in Iran. Activists have used short Twitter messages to share information about protests and to counter the government’s official statements. Closer to home, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and other forms of new media are also remaking American politics. But can they bring change to the tradition-bound Rhode Island state house? WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis describes the outlook.

Biography of Matthew Jerzyk

After graduating magna cum laude from Brown University in 1999, Matthew 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, briefed the Department of Justice and co-wrote legislation creating a civilian review board in Providence. Matthew 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, Matthew 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. Matthew 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, Matthew received his Juris Doctorate from Roger Williams University School of Law. While in the honors program at the law school, Matthew 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, Matthew 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.

Matthew is an attorney with a practice in medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, products liability and workers rights at DeLuca and Weizenbaum, Ltd. in Providence, Rhode Island.  He is admitted to practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. His professional memberships include the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Constitution Society, the American Association for Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Matthew created the Closing Argument legal blog in 2009 after selling the award-winning political blog which he created and edited from 2005 through 2009.  He has appeared in the Wall St. Journal, the Phoenix, the USA Today, the Providence Business News, the Providence Journal, Newsmakers, NPR’s All Things Considered, the Democratic National Convention, NBC 10 News Conference, Daily Kos, and was named 1 of the most 8 notable Rhode Islanders in 2008.Matt’s law review article “Gentrification’s Third Way” will be published in the 2009 Summer edition of the Harvard Law and Policy Review.  Email Matt here.

2,000th Visitor

In less than a month, I am pleased to report that we have just surpassed our 2,000th visitor!

Please make sure to bookmark this site, check in daily and tell your colleagues about us.

And email me at mjerzyk at gmail dot com if you are interested in contributing.

Thank You, Dean

A big thank you is in order for Roger Williams University School of Law Dean David Logan who recently featured me on his law school blog:

Matt Jerzyk, a Brown-educated union and community organizer, came to Roger Williams Law in the fall 2005 on a “Leadership Scholarship.” That investment has turned out to be a very wise one, as reflected on the front page of a recent edition of the Providence Journal, which identified Matt as one of eight Ocean Staters to watch in 2009.  (Matt was in pretty amazing company: the article also profiled Senator Jack Reed and Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman.)  A recent Brown Daily Herald article also profiled Matt.

While a student at RWU Law Matt developed Rhode Island’s most successful political blog, RI, which takes a decidedly progressive look at RI politics and institutions.  The Boston Phoenix also reported on Matt’s blog and some of the others that have cropped up in the wake of RI Future’s success.

Matt Jerzyk
Matthew Jerzyk

Also while a student, Matt founded the RWU Law chapter of the American Constitutional Society, part of a nationwide movement by progressive law students and professors modeled on the hugely successful Federalist Society.

Another measure of Matt’s talent: he just notified me that the Harvard Law and Policy Review will be publishing his article “Gentrification’s Third Way in Providence” next summer. The article grew out of independent research that Matt completed under the guidance of RWU Law Prof. Jorge Elorza, who was so impressed by the result that he urged Matt to submit the paper to top journals.

Pretty amazing start to the New Year for one of the many talented lawyers on the RWU Law Class of 2008.  Congratulations to Matt, who is now a member of the Rhode Island bar practicing with one of the top plaintiffs’ law firms in the region, DeLuca and Weizenbaum.

Thank You, Kmareka!

Thank you to local netroots leader Kiersten Marek for informing her readers about our entrance into the Rhode Island blogosphere:

As an addendum to our interview with Matt Jerzyk from last week, I’m pleased to announce that Matt has launched a new blog called “Closing Arguments” — wherein he will focus on the legal side of Rhode Island politics. The blog is already attracting interesting comments, including one from General Assembly member Chris Fierro reporting that Steve Laffey is not running for Governor because “his personal finances are in ruin.” Be sure to visit Closing Arguments for all the latest legally-related political news and gossip for Rhode Island!