Matthew S. Kane
Matthew S. Kane '12
Supreme Court of Guam, Hagåtña, Guam
From 2012-2013, Matthew Kane served a one-year clerkship with the Supreme Court of Guam as a Research Attorney. In that capacity, Matt conducts legal research and drafts confidential bench memoranda for review by the three-member panel of justices at the Supreme Court in advance of oral arguments. He confers with the panel to help determine how the cases should be resolved, and drafts the opinions that will ultimately be issued by the court. Currently, Matt is a Senior Associate at Cabot Mantanona LLP, a law firm in Tamuning, Guam.
Matthew Kane has maintained an interest in international affairs since his first international trip to Botswana as part of an undergraduate study abroad program at Pitzer College. Matt majored in mathematics and political science studies. With a focus on global politics, he wrote his senior thesis on the role of international actors in the fight against global poverty.
Eager to decipher how the world works at the macro and micro levels, Matt accepted a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English to secondary school students on Jeju Island, South Korea. While there, Matt obtained government funding to establish two extracurricular clubs for underprivileged students who were interested in bolstering their fluency. Together with his colleagues, he developed the curriculum for the Middle School Youth Diplomacy Program at the American Embassy in Seoul, organizing a diplomacy simulation surrounding the Gaza humanitarian aid crisis for middle school students spanning the Korean peninsula.
While at King Hall, he was an active member of the UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy, for which he served as Submissions Chair and Business & Logistics Chair in his second and third year, respectively. During the summer following his first year, Matt served as a law clerk at the Legal Services of Northern California. He also took advantage of the UCDC Externship Program to volunteer with the American Council on Education in Washington D.C. Matt spent his second summer working as a Graduate Student Assistant at the Legislative Counsel Bureau in Sacramento.
After graduating King Hall and before taking the bar exam, Matt had the opportunity to travel to Poland and Germany as part of the Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) Fellowships Program to study legal ethics through the lens of the Holocaust. Matt wrote a miniature thesis dealing with lessons for state actors in light of the latest efforts to ban male circumcision in the United States, Germany, and other parts of the world.
"King Hall inspired me to look beyond my immediate surroundings to see how far I could take my passions. My legal education prepared me to tackle tough legal challenges and put my studies into practice. I was impressed with the many opportunities available to students at King Hall to break into the legal field, even as the legal profession rolled through a rough patch. I am grateful to the institution for believing in me and for providing me with the necessary support system to propel my career. I hope to make King Hall proud and remember fondly of my time learning from the brilliant professors and dedicated staff at King Hall."