Matthew Segal is Legal Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, where he leads a team of lawyers who litigate a broad range of civil rights and civil liberties issues. He has litigated cases on wrongful convictions, privacy, the criminalization of poverty, the First Amendment, mandatory minimum sentencing, and immigrants’ rights.
Matthew’s cases at ACLUM include Louhghalam v. Trump, which temporarily halted President Trump’s Travel Ban, Bridgeman v. District Attorney, which overturned more than 21,000 convictions in the Annie Dookhan drug lab scandal, and Commonwealth v. Augustine, which made Massachusetts the second state to recognize constitutional protections for cell phone location data.
Previously, as an assistant federal defender in North Carolina, Matthew argued a case that yielded hundreds of exonerations and resentencings, which was profiled in the USA Today investigation Locked up but Innocent?
Matt was named a 2015 Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A., in mathematics and sociology, from Brandeis University. He clerked for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher of the Ninth Circuit.