Deborah O'Malley

Matthew P. Cavedon is the Robert Pool Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. A native of Connecticut, Cavedon first came to CSLR after graduating from Harvard College. He received his JD/MTS from Emory in 2015, having served as Executive Articles Editor of the Emory International Law Review. While at CSLR, he served on the team that won an international law and religion moot court competition, held in Venice, Italy. Following graduation, he worked as a Constitutional Fellow at the Institute for Justice in Arlington, Virginia. He assisted with constitutional litigation, especially in cases involving civil forfeiture. He then clerked for the Hon. Lisa Godbey Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia in Brunswick, Georgia. Following this, Cavedon served as an assistant public defender in Gainesville and Dawsonville, Georgia. He worked as a trial, appellate, and juvenile attorney on cases ranging from truancy to murder. Most recently, Cavedon clerked for the Hon. Nels S. D. Peterson of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

The Robert Pool Fellowship is designed to give scholars the time, space, colleagues, and platform to prepare and publish new scholarship in the broad fields of law and religion, as well as providing high-level teaching experience in preparation for further leadership in the legal profession and academy. Cavedon will teach “Legal Issues in Family Violence” in the Spring 2023 semester.

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The Center for Religion, Culture, and Democracy envisions democratic societies which affirm the essential role of religious convictions, peoples, and institutions in cultivating free and flourishing communities.

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To achieve our vision, the CRCD supports the creation and promotion of high quality scholarship at the intersection of religion, culture, and democracy. Our publications, programming, and resources affirm the importance of religion as a public good for strengthening social bonds and reinforcing foundational freedoms.