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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.


    2017 Survey on Promotion and Retention of Women in Law Firms

    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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    President's Message

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    Angela Beranek Brandt
    NAWL President

    Summer 2017

    NAWL’s purpose is clear: empowering women in the legal profession. For over 100 years, the NAWL leaders who have come before me have worked tirelessly toward the mission of providing leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and advocate for the equality of women under the law.

    NAWL works in a number of ways to achieve its mission. One of those ways is by having an inclusive culture. An inclusive organization is one that offers ways in which its members can find commonality. During a time when so many are all too quick to point out what divides us, it is important for NAWL to provide a place for us to unite. As different as we all are, we can find our commonality. When we find that common thread, we have a connection. It is this commonality and connection that will unite our efforts to drive actions and change. Because this is your organization, it is important for you to be connected. My sincere hope is that in t…

    NAWL News

    Women lawyers continue to lag in partnership positions, payPaul Caron quotes NAWL's 2017 Survey on the Promotion and Retention of Womein in Law Firms: "This year’s survey demonstrates a continuation of a pattern observed over the last 10+ years, that numbers of women in equity partner positions in law firms have increased slowly, if at all, even while there
    Women make up a third of recent equity partner classes in BigLaw, survey findsDebra Cassens Weiss writes, "Women lawyers in the nation’s top law firms make up nearly a fifth of equity partners, but the numbers could improve as women make up a greater percentage of new equity partner classes.Women make up 19 percent of all equity partners and 33 percent of lawyers promoted t
    Women partners seldom earn top pay at law firmsFrom The Global Legal Post, "Men remain overhwlemingly the best paid in US law firms with women far behind.The most highly compensated partner at most US law firms is a man, according to the latest research from the National Association of Women Lawyers. The report reveals that the pay disparity e
    Australasian Lawyer: Morning briefingSteve Randall writes, "There has only been a small increase in the number of women equity partners over the past decade.That’s the finding of a new report by the National Association of Women Lawyers which shows that women make up just 19% of equity partners, up just 1% in two years and just three p
    Progress at a crawl for women lawyersMelissa Wylie writes, "In the past decade, the number of women equity partners increased just 3 percent at U.S. law firms, according to a report from the National Association of Women Lawyers.Women make up 19 percent of equity partners, up from 16 percent in 2007. Women are also in the minority am
    Women equity partnership rate hits 19 percent! Excited?Vivia Chen writes, "The National Association of Women Lawyers just released its annual report. And the news flash is this: It's not totally depressing. For those of us who've been covering women in the legal profession for over a decade, "depressing" is the usual standard. So why is this report a

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