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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

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    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

    Winter 2018

    The Top 3 Tips for the 2 Critical Things to Meet Your #1 Goal

    It seems every other article I see these days has a list of tips, directives, imperatives, or warnings that promise to make us more efficient, more detail oriented, happier, wealthier, harder working, healthier, more balanced, wildly successful, and at peace with ourselves.  I know what you are thinking:  you cannot possibly accomplish all of those things at once.  But I have the secret.  Read on and you shall see.

    Tip #1:  Stay out of the Gym  

    Early in the year, gyms are filled with all manner of people trying to get back in shape.  If you are lucky enough to find both a parking spot and an open elliptical machine, chances are the machine is the one that makes more noise than the brakes on the car I drove in high school.  Waiting around for an open piece of cardio equipment is an incredible waste of time.  Precious time you could be spending elsewhere.  And do not kid yourself; you will not make it there often enough to save money on your health insurance premium.  You may as well just …

    NAWL News

    Even among Harvard MBAs, few black women ever reach corporate America's top rungsJenna McGregor writes, “In n recent months, Corporate America's corner office has actually gotten a little less diverse -- not more -- when it comes to the number of African-Americans. With American Express chief executive Kenneth Chenault stepping down, there are just three black CEOs in the Fortun
    Exclusive: Inside the corrosive workplace culture of the Dallas MavericksJon Wertheim and Jessica Luther write, "It was an hour or so before tip-off. The Dallas Mavericks were hosting a nationally televised game during the 2010-2011 NBA season. And, deep inside the American Airlines Center, a recently- hired Mavericks support staff employee was eating dinner in the media
    What's working to increase diversity among associates, partners? midsize firms share their secretsSusan DeSantis writes, “Some midsize firms have tried everything: mentoring, coaching, scholarships, committees, associations, lectures, luncheons, sponsorships, scorecards, action plans and even high school internships. Yet, diversity remains out of reach.But there are some midsize firms that hav
    Medicine says me tooFrom NBC News: “Inside a bright operating room, Dr. Christina Jenkins gripped her surgical clamp, ready to remove a skin graft.With her was a scrub tech, an anesthesiologist, and, across the operating table, the attending physician — a veteran trauma and burn surgeon.Jenkins, a resident at the t
    Do women's networking events move the needle on equality?Shawn Achor writes, "Recently, I was flying home from the Conference for Women, where I had been invited to speak. I was carefully holding a copy of the conference program on my lap — my mom likes to save them, and I wanted to be a good son and bring her back an unwrinkled copy. The guy sitting next
    All 50 state AGs demand an end to ‘culture of silence’ surrounding sexual harassmentEmily Peck writes, “During a time of rabid partisanship, somehow the Me Too movement has managed to bring together Democrats and Republicans (at least the ones outside the White House).On Monday, every single state attorney general ― a majority of whom are Republican ― signed a letter to congressi

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    Join NAWL

    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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