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 Amicus Committee Supports the U.S. Supreme Court’s Reversal of the 5th Circuit’s Decision on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt
On Monday, June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the decision of the 5th Circuit 5-3, calling the law unconstitutional. NAWL’s Amicus Committee previously signed on in support of the National Women’s Law Center’s amicus brief concerning Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. The case challenged parts of Texas’s clinic shutdown law, which imposes medically unnecessary, burdensome requirements on abortion providers and clinics. If the law was upheld, all but 10 clinics in the second largest state in the country would have been forced to close, threatening women’s ability to make personal decisions about their health, family life, education, career, and futures. The amicus brief highlighted the crucial impact access to abortion has on women’s dignity, economic security and opportunities, and how abortion restrictions compound and entrench existing barriers to women’s equality.
NAWL Submits Evaluation on Supreme Court Nominee, the Honorable Merrick Garland
The National Association of Women Lawyers® ("NAWL") Supreme Court Committee has completed an extensive evaluation of the qualifications and background of the Honorable Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court and submitted its evaluation to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
Based on its review of over 330 opinions and dissents authored by Judge Garland and articles authored or coauthored by him, its interviews of dozens of individuals, and its consideration of the information publicly available as of the date of this letter, NAWL's Supreme Court Committee concluded that Judge Garland is "well-qualified" for the position of Associate Justice. "Well-qualified" is the highest rating that the Committee is authorized to confer upon a nominee. Read the full statement here>>
Members of the NAWL Committee for the Evaluation of Supreme Court Nominees are appointed by the President of NAWL. The Committee independently reviews and evaluates the qualifications of each Presidential nominee to the United States Supreme Court with an emphasis on laws and decisions regarding women's rights and those that have a special impact on women.
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