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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

    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

    Leslie Richards-Yellen

    Leslie Richards-Yellen
    NAWL President

    Summer 2016

    I am delighted and proud to be the incoming President of this wonderful organization of ours! After 117 years, the National Association of Women Lawyers is more committed than ever to advancing women in the legal profession. 

    Beginning in the era of the suffragettes, NAWL has been an impactful organization on issues of importance to women. This legacy has been assured by an unbroken line of strong leaders. Marsha L. Anastasia, the outgoing NAWL President, is one of the most gifted of these remarkable women. Although Marsha has a huge job as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel-The Americas for Pitney Bowes, she works unceasingly toward gender equality. It is a great honor to succeed Marsha and to continue the upward trajectory for NAWL that she was instrumental in plotting.

    Regardless of your political orientation, it is an important indicator of progress for women that Hillary Clinton is the presidential nominee of a major political party. It is a victory for all women that the nouns mother, grandmother, and wife are now associated with the titles lawyer, Senator, Secretary of State, and presumptive presidential nominee. Step by step, the frontier of &ldquo…

    NAWL News

    The quiet struggle of male breadwinnersDanielle Paquette writes, "Since they surged into the U.S. labor force, quadrupling in number since 1970, female breadwinners have lived under a cultural microscope. Can they have it all --- the spouse, the baby, the corner office? Christin Munsch, a sociology professor at the University of Connectic
    Dr. Lisa Coleman, Harvard University's first chief diversity officer, on unconscious bias From Stuff: "What is the current state of unconscious bias? At this time, there is a great deal of work being done in this area that looks at how bias unconsciously informs our behaviours and/or actions, particularly in the workforce and how we relate to others. It's quite multifaceted, isn't it.
    What I learned from my boss reading me a sexist email on my first day of workDeanne Bell writes, "I typically don't share details about the sexism I've faced at work. While educating others about the obstacles I've overcome is necessary to raise awareness, talking about them paints a picture to younger generations of a steep, uphill road that lies ahead. As if choosing a
    #Blackgirlmagic: African-American women take spotlight at Rio OlympicsFrom NBC News: "Andrea Lawful-Sanders has a ritual for cheering the black heroines of the Summer Olympics. She gets into her corner of the living room, sets up her chair, demands silence before screaming at the top of her lungs, flails her body wildly and --- in keeping with her Jamaican-American her
    For female lawyers, the hardest suit to file can be against your own firmClaire Bushey writes, "The legal profession brims with associations and subcommittees dedicated to advancing women's status at firms. Traci Ribeiro has never joined any of them. The 46-year-old insurance litigator prided herself on going 'dollar for dollar' with her male colleagues to bill hours
    The childcare gap is widening Alissa Quart writes, "Zoe Hanson, the young mother of a year old infant, was feeling down: She and her husband Scott had just moved to Pacifica near San Francisco, to an apartment in a 'crumbly house,' a tract home, that, nevertheless, at $3,000 a month, was untenably expensive. She didn't have a

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