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Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts

Amy K. Matsui is Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts at the National Women’s Law Center. She works on economic issues affecting low- and moderate-income women and families, with special emphasis on federal and state tax policy and women’s retirement security. Her work with retirement savings policy and federal and state tax credits for working families comprises policy analysis, federal advocacy, and public education and outreach. She also directs the Center's advocacy efforts around federal judicial nominations and diversity in the federal judiciary. Ms. Matsui has worked at the Center since 2002. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Matsui practiced commercial law in the private sector. She clerked for the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, then-Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, in 2000. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford Law School.

My Take

Pam Harris Nomination Moves Forward in Senate

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: July 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Yesterday, the Senate voted to move forward on the nomination of Pamela Harris to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. A confirmation vote is scheduled for 5:30 pm on Monday.

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Senate Poised to Vote on More Judges

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: July 23, 2014 at 11:27 am

Yesterday evening, the Senate confirmed three district court nominees (Andre Birotte to the Central District of California, Robin Rosenberg to the Southern District of Florida, and John deGravelles to the Middle District of Louisiana). These votes follow on the heels of the confirmation of Julie Carnes to a Georgia-based seat on the Eleventh Circuit, 94-0, on Monday evening. In addition, last night, Senate Majority Leader Reid filed cloture on the nomination of Pamela Harris to a Maryland seat on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate is scheduled to vote tomorrow on the question of whether or not it will move to a confirmation vote on Harris’ nomination.

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ICYMI: Cheryl Krause Confirmed to Third Circuit Seat This Week

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: July 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Late Monday afternoon, the Senate confirmed Cheryl Krause to a Pennsylvania-based seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by a vote of 93-0. Her confirmation brings the number of active female judges on this court back up to 3 (out of 13 judges). In addition, now-Judge Krause is the fourth consecutive female Court of Appeals judge to be confirmed, bringing the percentage of active female federal appellate court judges to almost 34 percent. 

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Judicial Nominations Update

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: June 24, 2014 at 05:12 pm

Today, the Senate unanimously confirmed four district court nominees, including one woman: Paul Byron and Carlos Mendoza to the Middle District of Florida; Beth Bloom, to the Southern District of Florida; and Geoffrey Crawford, to the District of Vermont.

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Senate Confirms Three History-Making Judges

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: June 20, 2014 at 09:56 am

Earlier this week, the Senate confirmed Judge Darrin Gayles (to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida), Judge Salvador Mendoza (to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington), and Staci Yandle (to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois). As White House Counsel Neil Eggleston noted in a blog post, all three of these confirmed judges have broken barriers in their respective districts. Judge Gayles is the first openly gay African American man to be confirmed as a lifetime-appointed federal judge in our nation’s history; Judge Mendoza is the first Hispanic judge to serve on his court; and now-Judge Yandle is the first African American to serve on her court and the first openly gay lifetime-appointed federal judge in Illinois. This marks the first time that two openly gay judges have been confirmed on the same day. In addition, with today’s confirmations, President Obama has appointed more female federal judges than any other President and more Hispanic judges than any other President.

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