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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

NWLC Supports Congressional Progressive Caucus' Resolution to Support Child Care

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: July 30, 2015 at 10:15 am

Earlier this week, there was nowhere I would rather have been than under a broiling hot sun on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol — standing up with members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, SEIU, and child care and other workers to support increased investments in child care and supports for working families. The Congressional Progressive Caucus followed up by introducing a resolution to highlight the economic costs and the costs to working families of our vastly underfunded child care system. They will be holding a series of town halls, roundtables, and rallies around the country in August to highlight the crisis for parents and workers and talk about the need for the solutions outlined in the resolution.

At lunchtime, flanked by an assortment of adorable children, Representative Suzanne Bonamici spoke about the importance of living wages, workplace policies that ensure that workers can meet their families' needs, and affordable child care.

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Senate Confirms First Circuit Court Judge of 2015

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: July 08, 2015 at 11:44 am

Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Kara Farnandez Stoll to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Now-Judge Stoll, whose qualifications are unassailable, was confirmed unanimously by a vote of 95-0.

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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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