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    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

    Fall 2015
    Posted October 27, 2015

    I was excited to attend our recent Regional General Counsel Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota:  “Being Your Own Entrepreneur:  Define Your Success.  Own Your Career.”  It was a fabulous gathering of in-house counsel from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, where so many large, national corporations are head...read more>>

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    Message from NAWL's Executive DirectorThe New York Times Magazine's weekend profile of Serena Williams highlights a struggle that many women of color face in the legal profession -- after having demonstrated unquestionably her position as the best in professional women's tennis and perhaps even the history of the sport, she still lags...

    The politics of paid time off to have a baby Bryce Covert writes, "In 1980, when Hillary Rodham Clinton was about to become a mother, she was working as a partner at Rose Law Firm in Arkansas. At the time, paid maternity leave, or leave at all, was a rare benefit. Her firm, she has said, had no maternity leave plan until she told her partners
    MCCA's 16th annual general counsel survey MCCA's 16th Annual General Counsel Survey says, "In the oft-told 'starfish thrower' story, an adult happens upon a child along a shoreline who is tossing beached starfish back into the water one at a time. 'Why?' the adult asks. Most or all of the creatures will likely wash up on the sand again.
    UVA names its first woman law dean Mike Sacks writes, "University of Virginia School of Law has named legal historian Risa Goluboff as its new dean to succeed Paul Mahoney, who will be returning to the law school's faculty next summer. She will be the first woman to hold the position.
    The global gender gap report 2015The World Economic Forum writes, "The Global Gender Gap Index 2015 ranks 145 economies according to how well they are leveraging their female talent pool, based on economic, educational, health-based and political indicators. With a decade of data, this edition of the Global Gender Gap Report
    The women of Hollywood speak out Maureen Dowd writes, "Colin Trevorrow's Hollywood fairy tale started at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. The bespectacled, bearded director, then 35, came to Park City, Utah, with an endearingly quirky time-travel romantic comedy executive-produced by the endearingly quirky Duplass brothers, Mark
    Gender at work is not a women's issue Avivah Wittenberg-Cox writes, "Is gender a women's issue? Many women still seem to think so. Which is why many men think so too. At a huge tech conference last month, I was invited to give a speech on 'Women in Tech.' Given this (typical) label, it attracted a majority of women.

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