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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

Judiciary Committee Approves Lynch Nomination

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: February 26, 2015 at 02:41 pm

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General of the United States.  The nomination received bipartisan support, including that of Senators Flake, Graham, and Hatch, underscoring once again the superb qualifications of the nominee.  At this point, the nomination is ready to be vot

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Judiciary Committee Delays Vote on Lynch Nomination

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: February 12, 2015 at 01:31 pm

Today, a number of Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee delayed a committee vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General of the United States. This delay is nothing but baseless obstruction of a nominee so superbly qualified that not one of the Republican-called outside witnesses at her confirmation hearing opposes her confirmation. Senators from both parties have announced their support of Loretta Lynch to be the nation’s leading law enforcement officer, as have the nearly 40 individuals and organizations who have submitted letters to the Committee. 

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Hearings for AG Nominee Loretta Lynch Begin This Morning

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: January 28, 2015 at 09:43 am

This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee begins its hearings for Loretta Lynch, nominated to be Attorney General of the United States. Ms. Lynch, currently U.S.

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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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