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.

    President's Message

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    Marsha L. Anastasia
    NAWL President
    2015-2016

    Summer 2015

    I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have been selected to lead this one of a kind organization of ours over the next year. Our organization really is “one of a kind!”

    Just look at what we stand for…

    • We’re the ones who empower women in the legal profession.
    • We’re the ones who stand for equal opportunities for women.
    • We’re the ones who challenge the status quo.
    • We’re the ones who have enabled women to go from being denied admission to practice before the courts to being the lead lawyers in “bet-the-company” litigations.

    Here’s a story about just one woman who helped get us here.

    Burnita Shelton Matthews became the President of the National Association of Women Lawyers in 1934.  Born in 1894, she worked during the day and attended school at night.  As a law student, she picketed the White House for the right t…

    NAWL News

    The Billy Graham rule and the modern law firmRandy Evans and Shari Klevens write, "Billy Graham, the "Pastor to the Presidents," had a rule: avoid being alone with any woman other than his wife. His maxim became so well known that writers named it the "Billy Graham Rule."
    Many black lawyers navigate a rocky, lonely road to partnerElizabeth Olson writes, "Jimmie L. McMillian's path to partnership in an Indianapolis law firm might seem unexceptional --- except for a few telling details. He left behind the South Side of Chicago, where he grew up in a family troubled by domestic violence...
    Pitney Bowes veteran picked to lead the National Association of Women LawyersAlexis Harrison writes, "The National Association of Women Lawyers® (NAWL) is raising the proverbial bar, and has installed a new president to lead the association. Marsha L. Anastasia, vice president and deputy general counsel of Pitney Bowes will lead the organization for the 2015 -- 2016 year...
    Companies drain women's ambition after only 2 yearsOrit Gadiesh and Julie Coffman write, "Bain & Company recently launched a study that asked more than 1,000 men and women in a mix of U.S. companies two questions: 'Do you aspire to top management within a large company?' and 'Do you have the confidence you can reach top management?'...
    Let's expose the gender pay gapIn an opinion piece, Joanne Lipman writes, "How serious are we, really, about tackling income equality?The Securities and Exchange Commission took a shot at it last week, approving a rule that would require companies to disclose their C.E.O. pay gap --- comparing how much chief executive officers...
    Why aren't more women lead counsel? Litigators, judges explain the obstacles and offer solutionsStephanie Francis Ward writes, "If women want to be trial lawyers, the best place to have first-chair opportunities may be with federal prosecutors, according to a recent ABA study...

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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
    - 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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