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    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.

    President's Message

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    Angela Beranek Brandt
    NAWL President
    2017-2018

    Summer 2017

    NAWL’s purpose is clear: empowering women in the legal profession. For over 100 years, the NAWL leaders who have come before me have worked tirelessly toward the mission of providing leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and advocate for the equality of women under the law.

    NAWL works in a number of ways to achieve its mission. One of those ways is by having an inclusive culture. An inclusive organization is one that offers ways in which its members can find commonality. During a time when so many are all too quick to point out what divides us, it is important for NAWL to provide a place for us to unite. As different as we all are, we can find our commonality. When we find that common thread, we have a connection. It is this commonality and connection that will unite our efforts to drive actions and change. Because this is your organization, it is important for you to be connected. My sincere hope is that in t…

    NAWL News

    Google fires author of divisive memo on gender differencesMark Bergen and Ellen Huet write, "Alphabet Inc.’s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies, creating a firestorm across Silicon Valley. James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying th
    Female lawyers can talk, tooShira A. Schleindlin writes, "As a Federal District Court judge in New York, I often encountered this courtroom scene: A senior partner at a large law firm would be arguing a motion. I would ask a tough question. He (and it was usually a man) would turn to the young lawyer seated next to him (often
    ABA and Brennan Center release new manual on judicial diversityFrom the American Bar Association, "The American Bar Association Judicial Division and the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law today released Building a Diverse Bench: Selecting Federal Magistrate and Bankruptcy Judges, a manual that provides guidance on how courts ca
    Read the YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki's response to the controversial Google anti-diversity memoSusan Wojcicki writes, "Yesterday, after reading the news, my daughter asked me a question. 'Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?'That question, whether it’s been asked outright, whispered quietly, or simply lingered in the back of som
    It's time to change the conversation about 'token' judicial appointmentsCourtney R. Chavez writes, "Dear Judge Richard Posner:Recently, you sat for an interview with Professor Luigi Zingales at the University of Chicago — which the Chicago Tribune reported on — that is causing concern for many lawyers. Specifically, on the subject of judicial appointments, you said:
    Charlottesville victim's mother: I want her death to be 'a rallying cry for justice'Jennifer Calfas writes, "The mother of the woman who was killed while protesting a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. this weekend said her daughter was a passionate activist who wished to bring an end to injustice.Heather Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, said her daughter's tragic

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