President's Message

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    Lisa M. Passante
    NAWL President
    2014-2015 

    August 2014

    I could not be more excited to start my year as the President of NAWL.  Many thanks to the 2013-14 board for all of their support, and especially to our immediate past president Deborah Froling for her leadership over the past year.  I am looking forward to working with our current board and exceptional staff, led by new Executive Director Jenny Waters, as we take the organization to new heights.

    As I write this, we are just back from the Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.  All of our awardees—Professor Anita Hill, former White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler, LCLD Director Robert Grey and NAACP General Counsel Kim Keena…

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