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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.

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    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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    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

    Fall 2017

    Fall: A Time to Remember and Re-center

    Almost every fall I find myself leaving Minnesota to go back “home” to South Dakota. In the years where I am too busy and my schedule does not allow that fall trip, things feel unbalanced. This year I was fortunate enough to spend several days on our family farm. It was relaxing and rejuvenating. As I get older and further into my career and adult life, I have an increasing contrast between where I came from and where I am. The vast, quiet space of the open prairie is, on every sensory level, in stark contrast with my usual everyday life. It is the prairie setting that I am able to connect with my roots and once again find my center. For me, this periodic exercise is necessary; whatever I am doing in my life and in my career, it is all based on the foundation of the place from where I came.

    Where each of us came from has importance to where we are going. When it feels we are not being true to ourselves, even when we are meeting the expectations of others, there will be tension. I have found that while success requires hard work, it cannot be forced. Our greatest successes come …

    NAWL News

    Local women raising their profile in legal professionPaul Brinkmann writes, "Women have taken the helm at four of Orange County’s top legal organizations, a sign of growing influence even as challenges remain for women in the legal profession.'We’re looking for a very diverse bar,' said Liz McCausland, president of the Orange County Bar Association
    Why are there so few women SCOTUS advocates?From the Law.com Supreme Court Brief: "New research shows women are significantly underrepresented in the elite ranks of advocates who argue before the court. Tony Mauro asked practitioner why and what can be done about it."
    7 killer traits female investors seek in tech startup foundersAndrew Nusca writes, "Tech investors want to pick winning companies, and that starts with picking winning founders.Three female investors—Anjula Acharia of Trinity Ventures, Leah Busque of FUEL Capital, and Nisha Dua of BBG Ventures—gathered at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit in Lagu
    States split on new ABA Model Rule limiting harassing or discriminatory conductDavid L. Hudson Jr. writes, "States have been divided on whether to adopt new ABA Model Rule 8.4(g), which prohibits lawyers from engaging in harassing or discriminatory conduct. The Vermont Supreme Court has adopted the rule, while the South Carolina Supreme Court has rejected it. The Nevada and Ut
    Trump choosing white men as judges, highest rate in decadesCatherine Lucey and Meghan Hoyer write, "President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America’s federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that reflects the nation’s diversity.So far, 91 percent of Trump’s nominees are
    2020 Women on Boards exceeds 20% national campaign goalFrom 2020 Women on Boards: "Women now hold 20.8% of the board seats of publicly traded companies, exceeding 2020 Women on Boards’ 20% national campaign goal, according to this year’s Gender Diversity Index of Fortune 1000 Companies released today.The Gender Diversity Index (GDI) has tracked the nu

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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
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    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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