FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2021
Retired U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz decided to step down from the Central District bench in 2013, in part, because he missed advocating. “I loved being a lawyer,” Matz explained. “And I wanted to continue to do that.” Matz said he learned a great deal about good lawyering while watching attorneys argue before him over his nearly 15 years on the federal bench. But at some point, he realized he missed the chance to advocate for clients himself, and after retiring as a judge, he returned to a firm he helped first launch and where he tried cases again for several years.
“Advocacy is another word for changing people’s positions,” Matz said. “It’s a great challenge, and I liked the challenge.”