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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 Amicus Committee Supports the U.S. Supreme Court’s Reversal of the 5th Circuit’s Decision on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt

    On Monday, June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the decision of the 5th Circuit 5-3, calling the law unconstitutional. NAWL’s Amicus Committee previously signed on in support of the National Women’s Law Center’s amicus brief concerning Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. The case challenged parts of Texas’s clinic shutdown law, which imposes medically unnecessary, burdensome requirements on abortion providers and clinics. If the law was upheld, all but 10 clinics in the second largest state in the country would have been forced to close, threatening women’s ability to make personal decisions about their health, family life, education, career, and futures. The amicus brief highlighted the crucial impact access to abortion has on women’s dignity, economic security and opportunities, and how abortion restrictions compound and entrench existing barriers to women’s equality.

    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

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    Marsha L. Anastasia
    NAWL President
    2015-2016

    Spring 2016

    When I learned of Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing, I knew that NAWL had important work ahead.  We quickly convened our NAWL Supreme Court Committee to begin the critical work of vetting President Obama’s nominee Judge Merrick Garland.  Our Committee was co-chaired by two amazing leaders, JoAnne Epps, Dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law, and Ramona Romero, General Counsel of Princeton University.  With a focus on women’s issues, the Committee of law professors, general counsel, law firm lawyers and other prominent attorneys dedicated hundreds of hours to reviewing more than 330 opinions and interviewing colleagues, co-workers and subordinates of Judge Garland.  Our Committee concluded that Judge Garland is “well-qualified” for the position of Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, NAWL’s highest rating.  This was yet another example of the way that the women of NAWL come together to accomplish important work, take a stand, and contribute to our legal community.

    We did our work.  Now we need our senators and our Senate Judiciary Committee to do their work – their constitutionally mandat…

    NAWL News

    Yet another legal organization throws its weight behind Merrick GarlandLiz Adetiba writes, "The American Bar Association has given its highest rating to Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. In a report sent to the Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Tuesday, the ABA's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary deemed Garland 'well qualified' to
    Working long hours is way worse for women's health than for men'sValentina Zarya writes, "Spending too much time in the office isn't just giving you FOMO---it's also upping your chances of developing a life-threatening illness, according to a study published this week. The research, spearheaded by Allard Dembe, an Ohio State University professor of health service
    Why diversity programs failFrank Dobbin and Alexandra Kalev write, "Business started caring a lot more about diversity after a series of high-profile lawsuits rocked the financial industry. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Morgan Stanley shelled out $54 million---and Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch more than $100 million each
    Study: Publicizing female CEO appointments comes with a cost Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz writes, "Given the push for more women in the C-Suite, companies might wish to shout from the rooftops when they appoint a female CEO. But the more they shout, the more their share price might suffer, a new study finds - not necessarily because investors are biased, but because
    These 3 companies sell to women - but have none on their executive teamsValentina Zarya writes, "What if you found out that your favorite makeup company was run entirely by men? On Tuesday, research group LedBetter launched its online gender equality index, a searchable database that allows users to find the leadership gender ratio of 230 companies, which together
    Labor Dept. finalizes new sex discrimination regLydia Wheeler writes, "The Labor Department on Tuesday finalized a new rule to bar federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against someone on the basis of sex. The regulation updates the agency's interpretation of a 1965 executive order President Lyndon Johnson signed that was or

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