About NAWL

    The mission of the National Association of Women Lawyers is to provide leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and advocate for the equality of women under the law. Since 1899, NAWL has been empowering women in the legal profession, cultivating a diverse membership dedicated to equality, mutual support, and collective success.

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    NAWL Submits Evaluation of Supreme Court Nominee
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    NAWL Urges Administration to Respect Separation of Powers

    NAWL objects to the recent public statements by President Trump aimed at undermining the credibility and independence of the third branch of government, the federal judiciary and urges the administration to respect the legal process.
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    NAWL Sends Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee

    NAWL writes letter to Senate Judiciary Committee urging its members to ensure that each nominee for Attorney General has complete record and that the person ultimately confirmed to fill this important office is committed to preserving and protecting the hard-fought rights that have been established for all of our citizens.
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    Open Letter to President-elect Trump From National Legal Associations

    The National Association of Women Lawyers has joined forces with other national legal associations to craft an open letter to President-elect Trump to urge him to find common ground and move the nation towards unity and inclusion.
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    President's Message

    Leslie Richards-Yellen

    Leslie Richards-Yellen
    NAWL President
    2016-2017

    Winter 2017

    2017 is a brand new year, bright with possibility. Each New Year provides a perfect backdrop for self-reflection.

    A few years ago during NAWL’s Annual Meeting, a panel I participated in created a pledge. The pledge was inspired by a desire to transform the panelists’ material from inert bullet points into an action plan. Each woman who signed the pledge promised over the course of the year to use her best efforts to assist in the career development of another woman. At the next Annual Meeting, each woman would perform a self-audit to gauge whether she had fulfilled her commitment. If each woman did her part, during the span of one year, the careers of many women would be enhanced.

    As I think of that pledge each year, the spirit of the pledge compels me to take stock of my actions to promote other women over the course of the past year. Did I:

    • Go out of my way to promote another woman’s career without the expectation that she would do the same thing for me?
    • Assist in advancing the career of one woman who doesn’t look like me?
    • Accept responsibility and try to make amends…

    NAWL News

    Recap: 2017 Mid-Year Meeting & Awards Luncheon NAWL's 2017 Mid-Year Meeting & Awards Luncheon Shaping the Future of the Profession: Partnering for ProgressNAWL's 2017 Mid-Year Meeting & Awards Luncheon took place Friday, March 10, 2017 in Chicago! If you couldn't make it to the event, check out the recap below! #PHP_59#
    Where are the Asian-American partners?Vivia Chen writes, "What are Asian-American lawyers complaining about now? By many measures, they are runaway successes. In 2016, Asian associates represented more than 11 percent of all associates in major firms, the National Association for Law Placement said, while Hispanics and blacks only made
    Exclusive: How to break up the Silicon Valley Boys' ClubSusan Wojcicki writes, "Every year around this time, we hear the same story in Silicon Valley. This year, it was Susan Fowler’s distressing account of her year at Uber, followed closely by A.J. Vandermeyden’s story alleging a culture of 'pervasive harassment' at Tesla. Like many who read the stories
    Women are losing ambition as their careers progress, study findsClaire Zillman writes, "A concerning new study about women in the workplace from executive search firm Egon Zehnder found that women feel empowered and ambitious at the office—but only to a point.Nearly three-quarters of respondents in the early stages of their professional careers said they aim t
    Melinda Gates: The tech industry needs to fix its gender problem - nowGillian B. White writes, "Long before Melinda Gates was famous for her philanthropic work, she was yet another woman trying to make it in the male-dominated tech world. Gates started working at Microsoft in 1987, when it was still a small, scrappy company. But even for a woman with a degree in comp
    How one law measurably lifted the status of women in IndiaPriti Kalsi writes, "The impact of female political leaders goes beyond their policies. One way it occurs is through the role model effect: Public exposure to women at the top has been shown to reduce social bias and improve living conditions for women. Studies have shown that female political leade

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    A NAWL membership offers you the opportunity to join a diverse group of professionals and enjoy a variety of benefits, including:

    - Access to career development and CLE programing
    - Opportunities to build a national network
    - Leadership Development
    - Advocacy
    - Community Outreach
    - Continued Learning

    NAWL welcomes the individual attorneys, including private practice, corporate, academic, government and non-profit attorneys, and groups, including law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations.

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