Sarah Matthews is a staff attorney with the Reporters Committee, where she focuses on supporting First Look Media's Press Freedom Defense Fund and assisting with the Reporters Committee's amicus and litigation practices.
Before joining the Reporters Committee, Sarah was associate principal counsel at The Walt Disney Company. Prior to that, she was a litigation associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, where she focused on First Amendment, media law, and entertainment cases and represented the Reporters Committee on a pro bono basis. Before joining Gibson Dunn, Matthews clerked for the Honorable Renée Marie Bumb on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Matthews earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an editor and contributing writer for the Journal of Law & Liberty. During law school, Matthews clerked at media law firms Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP and Levine Sullivan Koch and Schulz, LLP, as well as at Human Rights Watch. Prior to law school, Matthews interned as a reporter at Newsweek and served as communications director for a national education nonprofit. Matthews earned her bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Admitted to practice in California, New York, and Washington D.C.