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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.

    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

    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…

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