Matt Hill,  Attorney

Matt Hill is an attorney and team leader of the Human Right to Housing Project (formerly known as the Tenant Advocacy Project) at PJC.  The Human Right to Housing Project seeks to protect and expand tenants’ rights to safe, habitable, affordable, and non-discriminatory housing and to fair and equal treatment by Maryland’s landlord-tenant laws, courts and agencies.  Prior to working in the housing project, from 2008-2009, he was the Francis D. Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellow at the PJC. In that capacity, Matt represented numerous parties and amici in state and federal court on various poverty law and civil rights issues, including the proper interpretation of the term "disabled" in the Americans with Disabilities Act, the admissibility of "prior bad acts" evidence in an employment discrimination case, the scope of the Eighth Amendment’s protection of state inmates, and the enforceability of the new Maryland Protection of Homeowners in Foreclosure Act.  
Before coming to the Murnaghan Fellowship, Matt clerked for the Honorable Deborah S. Eyler on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Before law school, Matt taught eighth grade at Mother Seton Academy, a school for "at risk" youth in Baltimore City. Prior to teaching, he interned at the Homeless Persons Representation Project promoting the rights of day laborers and working to kill repressive panhandling legislation in Baltimore City.
Matt graduated summa cum laude from Loyola College in Maryland in 2002. He also graduated summa cum laude from American University’s Washington College of Law, where he served as assistant chairperson for the Equal Justice Foundation Executive Board and as a senior member of the American University Law Review. Matt’s student comment, "We live not on what we have": Reflections on the Birth of the Civil Rights Test Case Strategy and Its Lessons for Today’s Same-sex Marriage Litigation Campaign – regarding the use of the test case strategy by the NAACP in Baltimore in the early 1900s – was selected for publication in the National Black Law Journal, 19 NBLJ 175 (2007). While in law school, Matt interned at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, working on various aspects of Maryland development law, HUD regulations, and fair housing law. As a member of his law school’s Community and Economic Development Clinic, he represented a tenants’ organization seeking to purchase and transform their building into a cooperative.