Joy (Powers) Matthew

Joy (Powers) Matthew, Honors Scholar, Class of 2006

Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar

Class of 2006

Ms. Mathew graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Irvine, with degrees in English and Criminology, Law, and Society. During the summer following her first year at IIT Chicago-Kent, Ms. Mathew served as a law clerk for the CLEAR Initiative, a project supported by Chicago Metropolis 2020. In her second year, Ms. Matthew served as a staff-member of the Chicago-Kent Law Review, spent a semester as a judicial extern for the Honorable Ruben Castillo, U.S. District Court Judge in the Northern District of Illinois, and continued clerking for the CLEAR Initiative. Her law review note, Back into Range: A Legislative Proposal to Bring the "15-20-Life" Firearm Enhancements Scheme into Conformance with the Illinois Constitution's Proportionality Guaranty was selected for publication in the Law Review.  Following that year, Ms. Mathew worked as a summer associate for Mayer, Brown, Rowe, & Maw. During her third year, Ms. Mathew clerked at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in the Special Prosecutions Sex Crimes Division and served as a Notes and Comments Editor for the Law Review. 

Ms. Mathew served a one year appointment as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Harry D. Leinenweber, Senior U.S. District Court Judge in the Northern District of Illinois. Following her clerkship, Ms. Mathew practiced tax controversy law for five years in Mayer Brown and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Megher, and Flom.  In 2012, Ms. Mathew left the practice of law to pursue a career as a Registered Dietitian.


2006 Honors Scholars Seminar Paper

Finding Baby Bear’s Bed: The “Just Right” Alternative to the Illinois Supreme Court’s Proportionate Penalties Zero-Sum Game in People v. Sharpe