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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.

    NAWL Shares Testimony in The New York City Commission on Human Rights Public Hearing on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    NAWL submitted written testimony to the hearing, which took place on Wednesday, December 6, and focused on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace in New York City and how the local government can best address the issue.

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    2017 Survey on Promotion and Retention of Women in Law Firms

    Each year, the goal of the NAWL Survey has been to provide objective statistics regarding the position and advancement of women lawyers in law firms in particular, and the NAWL Survey remains the only national survey that collects this industry benchmarking data in such detail. The 2017 NAWL Survey marks 10 years of tracking data on the career progression and compensation of women among the top 200 U.S. law firms.  

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    NAWL Joins Statement Denouncing the Decision to Halt Service of Transgender Troops in the U.S. Armed Services

    Joining with other diversity bar associations, NAWL unequivocally and without reserve denounces the current administration's recent decision to halt the service of transgender troops in the U.S. armed forces.

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    President's Message

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    Angela Beranek Brandt
    NAWL President
    2017-2018

    Fall 2017

    Fall: A Time to Remember and Re-center

    Almost every fall I find myself leaving Minnesota to go back “home” to South Dakota. In the years where I am too busy and my schedule does not allow that fall trip, things feel unbalanced. This year I was fortunate enough to spend several days on our family farm. It was relaxing and rejuvenating. As I get older and further into my career and adult life, I have an increasing contrast between where I came from and where I am. The vast, quiet space of the open prairie is, on every sensory level, in stark contrast with my usual everyday life. It is the prairie setting that I am able to connect with my roots and once again find my center. For me, this periodic exercise is necessary; whatever I am doing in my life and in my career, it is all based on the foundation of the place from where I came.

    Where each of us came from has importance to where we are going. When it feels we are not being true to ourselves, even when we are meeting the expectations of others, there will be tension. I have found that while success requires hard work, it cannot be forced. Our greatest successes come …

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    NAWL Shares Testimony in The New York City Commission on Human Rights Public Hearing on Sexual Harassment in the WorkplaceNAWL submitted written testimony to the hearing, which took place on Wednesday, December 6, and focused on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace in New York City and how the local government can best address the issue. Read NAWL's complete testimony:
    The 50 best workplaces for parents From Fortune: "Growing at work while growing a family is one of business’s most formidable challenges. But some companies make it easier for employees than others. For our annual ranking of the best U.S. workplaces for working parents, Fortune partner Great Place to Work surveyed more than 400,000 e
    Over one-third of women say managers don't address disrespectful behavior toward women. And that's your fault.Heather R. Huhman writes, "Given the intense news events of the past few weeks, it's clear that gender inequality remains a major obstacle women for in the workplace. While many employers have tried to make improvements, change isn't coming fast enough. For this reason, Lean In and McKinsey & Compa
    Revenge porn law could make it a federal crime to post explicit photos without permissionChris Morris writes, "Revenge porn — the practice of posting intimate or explicit photos or video of someone, usually on the Internet, without their consent — has been long frowned upon, but has often been protected by legal loopholes. That could be changing soon, though, as a new Senate proposal wo
    Why women leave the professionFrom the ABA: "In an effort to understand why women seem to leave the legal profession at what should be the height of their careers, more than 160 lawyers gathered at Harvard Law School in November to attend the ABA National Summit on Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law. Statistics show t
    Apple joins growing crop of tech firms offering 'returnships' to moms who left the workplaceClaire Zillman writes, "A nonprofit aimed at getting women back into the workforce is expanding its network to include some of the biggest names in tech. Path Forward announced on Tuesday that 10 new companies will be joining its ‘returnship’ program next year, including Apple, Oracle, Intuit, a

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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
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