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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 Sets Procedural Vote on Loretta Lynch for Thursday

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: April 22, 2015 at 09:18 am

Late last night, Senate Majority Leader McConnell filed a cloture petition on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be U.S. Attorney General. This vote, which will be held on Thursday, is expected to clear the way for a confirmation vote. 

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Department of Labor Proposes Protecting People with Retirement Savings Accounts Against Bad Investment Advice

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: April 16, 2015 at 02:32 pm

Did you know that the financial advisors you pay to help you decide how to invest your IRA or 401(k) aren’t required to act in your best interest? That they can recommend the investment that pays them the biggest commission—and make misleading statements to you about it? Isn’t that crazy?

Fortunately, this enormous gap in consumer protection will soon be closing. Yesterday, the Department of Labor issued a proposed regulation that would generally treat people who provide investment recommendations or advice to people who have, or are the beneficiaries of, employer-sponsored retirement accounts and Individual Retirement Accounts, as fiduciaries. This means that, with some exceptions, those who provide investment advice regarding such accounts will be required to “to give advice that is in the customer’s best interest; avoid misleading statements; receive no more than reasonable compensation; and comply with applicable federal and state laws governing advice,” as the Department of Labor notice put it.

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Instead of Voting to Confirm Loretta Lynch, Senate Votes on Something Else — for 74th Time

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: April 15, 2015 at 02:56 pm

The nomination of Loretta Lynch has been pending on the Senate floor now for 48 days — or nearly seven weeks. As Senator Patrick Leahy put it, “This unnecessary wait time is twice as long as the last seven Attorney General nominees combined.”  Despite the fact that the announced support for Ms. Lynch’s nomination would ensure her confirmation, Senate Majority Leader McConnell refuses to schedule a vote.

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Senate to Vote on Loretta Lynch Nomination Next Week

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: March 11, 2015 at 09:15 am

Politico is reporting that the Senate will vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the U.S. Attorney General next week. Ms. Lynch is an extraordinary nominee who will render exemplary service as the country’s chief law enforcement officer, and the National Women’s Law Center strongly supports her nomination

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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 03:41 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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