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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 Supports Amendment to ABA Model Rules

    The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) recently sent a letter to Myles V. Lynk, Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility in support of Resolution 109 to Amend Model Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4 to expressly prohibit discrimination or harassment on the part of a lawyer in conduct related to the practice of law. The revision promotes fair and equal treatment in the profession, including for women, and is consistent with one of NAWL’s fundamental goals – the advancement of women in the profession.

    NAWL's Annual National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms shows that efforts to advance women to equity partnership have all but stagnated over the past decade, despite the efforts of many people over the span of many years. Perhaps when the refusal to accept discrimination and harassment is literally written into the moral code of the legal profession, women and minorities will be fully accepted as colleagues, partners, bosses, and opposing counsel.

    Read the full letter online at http://www.nawl.org/d/do/438.

    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.

    President's Message

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    Marsha L. Anastasia
    NAWL President
    2015-2016

    NAWL News

    Hiring managers want one thing: A salary negotiation coach's advice to her female executive clientsMeredith Bennett-Smith writes, "I'll never forget the first time I found out I was making less money than the equally qualified man sitting in the desk next to mine. It was frustrating, demoralizing, and confusing---I didn't know where things had gone wrong. For decades, American men and women were
    Why being an Orthodox Jewish mom makes me a better CEOSarah Hofstetter writes, "When 360i, the ad agency I run, won Oscar Mayer's business in 2010, I politely declined their invitation to sample products from their new portfolio. It's not that I wasn't interested---I had spent countless hours trying to win the hot dog maker's business---but my faith simply
    Pursuing gender pay equity still risky at many firmsLizzy McLellan writes, "As more women lawyers use litigation to fight unequal pay, it begs the question of whether effective methods exist for pursuing equality internally before going to the courts. But women lawyers familiar with gender disparity issues said many attorneys face backlash when they
    Can you name the women who broke through these glass ceilings?Alicia Adamczyk and Lauren Wood write, "On Thursday night, Hillary Clinton will make history as the first woman to accept the nomination as a presidential candidate by a major U.S. political party. It will be an awe-inspiring moment, and not just because of its historic import. In the U.S., women
    Offices should follow the lead of the NBA and create "hustle stats"Danielle Teller writes, "Have you ever heard of Rosalind Franklin? Probably not. But you certainly know of James Watson and Francis Crick. They won a Nobel Prize for describing the structure of DNA, a discovery they wouldn't have made if they hadn't seen Rosalind Franklin's x-ray photograph of the
    Earning less money isn't a choice that women just make Emily Peck writes, "Women don't choose to make less money than men. But that's often the criticism leveled when we talk about the gender pay gap, or the fact that women, on average, make only 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. The argument typically is: Women look for work in lower-paying

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