Mike Vaughan





Matthew Thue is an Instructor in the Department of Business Administration & Marketing.  He holds B.A. degrees from Utah State University in both finance and economics, and a J.D. from the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah.  

In addition to teaching, Matt maintains a limited appellate practice, where he focuses primarily on the due process protections afforded through the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments.  He is an active member of the California State Bar, the California Appellate Defense Counsel, and the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.  He has published a variety of peer-reviewed papers related to his legal work and teaching interests.

Matt lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Tara, their daughter, Quinn, and an eyeless dog, Bubbles.


JD, University of Utah, 2008
BA, Economics - Utah State University, 2005
BA, Finance - Utah State University, 2005


  1. Outstanding Presentation, Rocky Mountain Association of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, 2014
  2. Paul Bell Fellowship (recognizing outstanding individual performance in appellate defense), Appellate Defenders, Inc., 2014
  3. S.J. Quinney College of Law Invited Moot Court Team Member, National Moot Court Competition, 2008



  1. Teaching the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act to Legal and Ethical Environment of Business Undergraduate Students Through a Role-Play Experiential Learning Exercise, 34 Journal of Legal Studies Education 207-240 (Summer 2017) (with Konrad S. Lee)
  2. Autonomous-Vehicle Testing Legislation: A Review of Best Practices from States on the Cutting Edge, 21 Journal of Technology Law & Policy 197-220 (2017) (with Rustin Diehl)
  3. Amending USERRA to Provide Employment Protection to the Family Members of Deployed Reservists: Advantages Over the Recent Amendments to the FMLA, 1 Rocky Mountain Law Journal 72-117 (2012) (with Konrad S. Lee)
  4. Unpacking the Package Theory: How California’s Statutory Scheme for Terminating Parental Rights in Dependent Child Proceedings Violates the Due Process Protections Illuminated in Santosky v. Kramer 455 U.S. 745 (1982), 13 U.C. Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy 143-200 (Winter 2009) (with Konrad S. Lee)
  5. An Exercise for Teaching the Legal Implications of Anti-Employer Blogging, 26 Journal of Legal Studies Education 399-431 (Summer/Fall 2009) (with Konrad S. Lee, Jared Oldham & Tara N. Stephenson)
  6. Emerging Limitations of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act, 55 Loyola Law Review 23-44 (Spring 2009) (with Konrad S. Lee, Patrick W. Fitzgerald & Daniel Peterson)
  7. Teaching the Impact of Litigation Costs on the Legal Environment of Business: Instruction to Supplement Business Law Textbooks is Needed, 14 Journal of Legal Studies in Business [online supplement] (2008) (with Konrad S. Lee)


  1. Teaching Law and Ethics with Stephen Colbert, Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, Vail, CO, September 2017
  2. Forget the Old Case Law! The Americans with Disabilities Act really does apply to Juvenile Dependency Proceedings, California Appellate Defense Counsel Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, March 2017
  3. The Value of Legal Counsel, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, February 2017
  4. Transhumanism and the Future of Employment Law, Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, Vail, CO, September 2016
  5. A Proposal for Legislation Governing the Testing of Autonomous Vehicles, Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference, Vail, CO, October 2014
  6. Social Media as an Investigative Tool: Emerging Legal Issues for the HR Professional, Utah Association of Counties Management Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, April 2014
  7. Due Process Considerations in Post-Cynthia D. Parental Rights Termination Proceedings Held Under Section 366.26, California Appellate Defense Counsel Annual Conference, Glendale, CA, March 2011
  8. Teaching the “Real” Legal Environment of Business; Incorporating a Discussion of the “Cost” of Litigation into Undergraduate Business Law Instruction, South Eastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Atlanta, GA, November 2008