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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 Making News

    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

    Spring 2017

    A few months ago, one of my daughters, my sister and ‎I traveled to South Africa. Our guides were determined that we see the "big five"-lion, elephant, rhinoceros, water buffalo and leopard-which is the goal of every safari. The "big five" are very respected by locals, and thus appropriately named, as they are the five animals that under the right circumstances, could prevail in an encounter with a human being.  

    While one guide drove, the other studied the ground for footprints to see whether one of the "big five" was in the vicinity. From the depth and clarity of the footprints, the guides could discern the type of the animal, whether it was in pursuit of another animal, and its strength. That safari has made me evaluate the contour and depth of NAWL's "impact footprint".

    I am incredibly grateful and humbled when I see daily demonstrations of member engagement, which will eventually lead to fulfillment of our mission of gender equality.  From my vantage point, our distinct footprint evidences our efforts as the national women's bar associati…

    NAWL News

    NAWL President speaks to Bloomberg Law about progress for women in Big LawNAWL President Leslie Richards-Yellen was quoted in a Bloomberg article examining progress for women in Big Law since a landmark 1970s gender bias case, Blank v Sullivan & Cromwell. Ms Richards-Yellen addressed NAWL survey data showing slow progress for women in the top 200 law firms. From the artic
    Gretchen Carlson: Reporting sexual harassment to HR can backfireValentina Zarya writes, "If someone at the office makes unwanted sexual advances towards you, what do you do?Many of us have been taught that the right course of action is to report the behavior to human resources personnel at our employer. But that may not be in your best interest, says Gretchen
    What women can do if they're interrupted at workAubrey Blanche writes, "For many women, gender stereotyping is one of the largest barriers to advancing in the workplace. I’m sure many women can relate to being called “bossy” for speaking up, or too “emotional” for being passionate. While these stereotypes negatively impact women generally, this t
    2017 best companies for multicultural womenWorking Mother reports, "Over the past decade and a half, the list has gone from just three qualifying companies to 25 winners.Two of the original three winning companies have gone on to earn spots on the list every single year. For their steadfast efforts to recruit and retain women of color and
    Four unexpected career hacks from Big Law's top performersCaren Ulrich Stacy and Lisa Kirby write, "In the legal profession, the rules of the game for achieving success are often unwritten. The top performers—those who manage to do work that they love and attain status as leaders in their field—have hacked their way to the peak without a map.In an ongoin
    We recorded VC's conversations and analyzed how differently they talk about female entrepreneursMalin Malmstrom, Jeaneth Johansson, and Joakim Wincent write, "When venture capitalists (VCs) evaluate investment proposals, the language they use to describe the entrepreneurs who write them plays an important but often hidden role in shaping who is awarded funding and why. But it’s difficult to ob

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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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