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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.

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Senate Schedules Confirmation Vote on Michelle Friedland for April 28

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: April 11, 2014 at 04:09 pm

After voting to move forward on her nomination yesterday morning, the Senate scheduled an up-or-down vote on the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland to be a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – for April 28. That is, two weeks from Monday, after the Senate returns from its two-week recess. 

This two-week delay came about because Senate Republicans refused to allow the vote to take place before Senators left town, even though the bipartisan procedural vote leaves little doubt that this outstanding nominee will imminently be confirmed to this important court.

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Senate Votes to Move Forward on Nomination of Michelle Friedland

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: April 10, 2014 at 01:01 pm

This morning, the Senate voted to allow a confirmation vote on the nomination of Michelle Friedland to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 56-41. The vote was bipartisan, with Senators Collins and Murkowski supporting the decision to move forward on the nomination.

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Initial Vote Scheduled on Michelle Friedland, Nominated to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: April 09, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Last night, Senate Majority Leader Reid began the process to hold a vote on the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Friedland, an experienced appellate litigator who is a partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP, is extremely well-qualified to serve on this important court. She graduated from Stanford University with distinction, studied at Oxford University as a Fulbright scholar, and was ranked second in her graduating class at Stanford Law School. After receiving her law degree, she clerked for Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the United States Supreme Court. Following her clerkships, she was a lecturer at Stanford Law School, teaching courses on federal jurisdiction and environmental law, before joining her law firm. She has also served as an adjunct law professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. In addition to her exceptional legal credentials and experience, Ms. Friedland has been recognized for her thousands of hours of pro bono service, including representing same-sex couples in the challenge to California’s Proposition 8 before the California Supreme Court. She also serves as a member of the Board of the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds to provide free legal services for low-income individuals.

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Tax Day Cometh - And That Can Mean Help for Millions of Families

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: March 24, 2014 at 11:28 am

As the April 15 tax filing deadline approaches, NWLC and its partners want you to know about federal and state tax credits for which working families may be eligible -- and how to get help filing tax returns.

Many families are still struggling to recover from the recession, and keeping up with their bills can be a challenge. So it’s important now, especially for families with children, to claim federal and state tax credits that can to help them make ends meet.  To do that, families must file tax returns.

Families may be eligible for:   

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Carolyn McHugh Confirmed to Tenth Circuit Today

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: March 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Today, the Senate confirmed Carolyn McHugh to a Utah-based seat on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals by a vote of 98-0.  Following Judge McHugh’s confirmation, the number of active female judges on this court has doubled (to two), another milestone to celebrate during Women’s History Month. Read more...