Professor Matthew Andres, '02, uses his varied legal background to teach students how to provide top-notch civil legal services to veterans throughout the state of Michigan as director of the Veterans Legal Clinic (VLC). The VLC represents low-income veterans in all kinds of civil litigation cases. He also works to protect the financial wellbeing of low-income consumers outside the context of the VLC, and in 2021 is teaching a Policy Workshop course in which he and students from the Law School and other U-M graduate schools will work together to develop policy proposals to improve debt collections litigation in Michigan.
Professor Andres joined the Law School in 2017 after spending four years at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he started and directed the Elder Financial Justice Clinic (EFJC), the first law school clinic focused on combating financial abuse of seniors. As director of the EFJC, Professor Andres worked with his students to represent elderly victims of financial exploitation throughout Illinois, and he advocated for legislative change to aid financial abuse victims. In March 2015, he proposed what became Illinois Public Act 99-0272, which allows victims of financial abuse to recover treble damages and attorney's fees from their abusers if they prevail on a count of financial exploitation. Professor Andres also worked with the National Center for Victims of Crime and the American Bar Association to draft the Model Civil Statutory Provisions on Elder Financial Exploitation. In August 2016, Professor Andres, along with professors from the University of Illinois School of Social Work, received a research grant from the Retirement Research Foundation to study the non-monetary effects of civil legal representation on financially abused clients. This study is expected to be completed by October 2018.
Prior to his time at the University of Illinois, Professor Andres was a staff attorney at Cooley Law School's Family Law Assistance Project, where he represented low-income victims of domestic violence, disabled people, and other disadvantaged groups in family law cases. Prior to that, Professor Andres was the assistant academic director of the University of Cincinnati College of Law's Domestic Violence Clinic.
Professor Andres participated in both the Civil Litigation Clinic and the Advanced Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. His first job out of law school was as a litigation associate at Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee. He then joined the Milwaukee District Attorney's Office as an assistant district attorney, and later was an assistant prosecutor at the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office.
Professor Andres is admitted to practice law in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio.
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