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Matthew Currie

Adjunct Professor of Law; Hanley Sustainability Scholar


School of Law


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Matthew Currie is a Managing Attorney at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), a non-profit regional law firm that provides high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self-reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity, where he oversees the firm’s Housing and Community Economic Development practice.

Matthew’s practice has focused on representing tenants and tenant associations in a variety of housing matters, including fair housing, equal access, evictions, subsidy terminations and conditions issues. More recently, his practice focuses on supporting Dayton neighborhood revitalization and community resilience. He is a co-founder and Board president of the Greater Dayton Union Cooperative Initiative (GDUCI), which develops worker-owned cooperatives that leverage community assets and contribute to an economy that works for all. Matthew also advises neighborhood associations and community organizations on environmental matters, such as source water drinking protections, impacts of industrial contamination and the EPA's Superfund program.

Matthew has litigated cases in the U.S District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio, and he has argued an appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Matthew is a frequent presenter, including as faculty for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law Community Lawyering Training.


J.D., Vermont Law School
Master of Studies in Environmental Law, Vermont Law School
B.S. in Exercise Science; Minor in Environmental Studies, Ithaca College

Courses Taught

LAW 6927 Social Justice Law Capstone

Selected Publications

Kathleen Kersh and Matthew Currie, "Working for Justice in an Unjust System: Moving Beyond the Legal System," 55 UIC L. Rev. 251 (2022)

Matthew Currie, "Social Ecology and Lawyering in the Anthropocene," 45 Univ. Dayton L. Rev. 401 (2020)