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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

End-of-the-Year Push on Nominations

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: December 15, 2014 at 11:12 am

Although the House of Representatives has already called it a year, the Senate is still working. On Saturday, Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture petitions on 12 district court nominees and numerous executive branch nominees, including the Surgeon General. The cloture votes on the district court judges will take place this week, at a day and time yet to be determined.

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Judicial Nominations Update

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: November 21, 2014 at 11:48 am

Happy Friday! As we noted on Wednesday, five more district court nominees were slated for Senate votes this week. Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Pamela Pepper to the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Brenda K. Sannes to the Northern District of New York, Madeline Cox Arleo to the District of New Jersey, Wendy Beetlestone to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Victor Allen Bolden to the District of Connecticut. Their confirmations are notable, not only for the diversity that they bring to the federal bench, but because they bring the number of current judicial vacancies down to 56.

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Want Retirement Security? Need Equal Pay

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: September 17, 2014 at 03:01 pm

Yesterday’s Census data release showed that women’s 2013 poverty rates did not improve, and women working full-time, year-round, were paid just 78 cents to every dollar paid to men, statistically unchanged from 2012. That news is grim enough.

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Jill Pryor Confirmed to Eleventh Circuit

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: September 09, 2014 at 10:29 am

Yesterday, on the first day back after its August recess, the Senate confirmed Jill Pryor to a Georgia-based seat on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Now-Judge Pryor had originally been nominated to fill this judicial emergency back in February 2012, making her the longest-pending judicial nominee in the Senate.

Judge Pryor's confirmation vote follows the confirmation of three other female Court of Appeals judges in July -- moving the percentage of active female federal court of appeals judges even closer to 35%. She becomes the 8th female circuit court judge, and the 12th court of appeals judge overall, to be confirmed this year. She is the 23rd female circuit court judge confirmed during President Obama’s Administration.

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Judicial Nominations Update: August Edition

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: August 05, 2014 at 08:58 am

Last week, the Senate left for its August recess after having confirmed Pamela Harris to a Maryland-based seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and obtaining cloture on the nomination of Jill Pryor to a seat on the Eleventh Circuit (her confirmation vote presumably will take place shortly after the Senate returns in early September). 

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