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.

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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. READ FULL RELEASE>>


    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. READ FULL LETTER>>


    NAWL Joins Diverse Bar Associations' Statement on Hate Crimes

    The National Association of Women Lawyers signed on to an open letter to our nation's leaders, calling on them and lawyers across the country to denounce and take action against the recent surge of bias-motivated hate violence. READ FULL LETTER>>

    President's Message

    Leslie Richards-Yellen

    Leslie Richards-Yellen
    NAWL President

    Fall 2016

    As NAWL President, I’m delighted – and extremely proud – that after 117 years, this wonderful organization of ours is more vital than ever – more committed than ever to advancing all women in the legal profession. Strongly woven into the very fiber of our organization is the tradition of women standing firmly for each other’s success.

    NAWL has been a dynamic organization since before women could vote. Its legacy has been assured by the leadership provided by an unbroken line of strong women leaders. Marsha Anastasia, our immediate past president, is one of the most gifted of these leaders. Although Marsha has a huge job as vice president, deputy general counsel – The Americas for Pitney Bowes, she works unceasingly towards gender equality. She is a visionary extraordinaire, organizer in chief, unabashed promoter of other women and a dear friend. Marsha is the epitome of the leader you look up to and trust as she has worked to make NAWL an even stronger organization.

    And, of course, I have to thank Marsha’s husband, Roger, and their children, Lauren, Eva and Nathan, for graciously sharing Marsha’s time and talents with…

    NAWL News

    Pictures from women's marches on every continentFrom the New York Times: "Crowds in hundreds of cities around the world gathered Saturday inconjunction with the Women’s March on Washington." 
    Why there are no black women running Fortune 500 companiesValentia Zarya writes, "Black women aren't just underrepresented in the highest levels of business leadership. As of this month, they are all but unrepresented. On Jan. 3, Ursula Burns officially stepped down as the CEO of Xerox Corporation (xrx, -0.36%) and took on the role of chair of the newly-s
    Maternity leave isn't getting more popularAmanda MacMillan writes, "The number of women taking maternity leave in the United States has not changed over the last two decades, according to a new study, even as the national economy has grown and new family-leave policies have been implemented in three states. The research, from Ohio State Un
    3 ways Facebook is trying to diversity its workforceValentina Zarya writes, "Like Google (googl, +0.69%), Facebook (fb, +0.66%) gets scrutinized and criticized for the hue and gender of its workers. The social network is applying the same spirit of experimentation to its employment imbalances that it does to its products, says Maxine Williams, Facebo
    'If I wag my finger about diversity and inclusion, my law firm partners will give me a different finger'Renwei Chung writes, "Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to review Kathleen B. Nalty’s book, Going ‘All-In’ on Diversity and Inclusion: The Law Firm Leader’s Playbook. Nalty is an award-winning, nationally recognized expert in strategies for creating cultures of inclusion to retain and advanc
    Mattel taps Google executive to lead toy makerJohn Kell writes, "Mattel, the toy maker behind the iconic Barbie and Fisher-Price brands, has appointed Google Americas President Margaret 'Margo' Georgiadis to serve as chief executive officer, the second change to the CEO post since early 2015. Georgiadis—who led search giant Google's (goog, +0.

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    - Access to career development and CLE programing
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