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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 http://www.nawl.org/d/do/438.

    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

    Where are women in F.B.I.'s top ranks?Adam Goldman writes, "When the call came in that a bomb had exploded in Manhattan, Amy Hess quickly got to work. She helped direct teams of F.B.I. agents to New York to collect evidence, set up secure command posts in the streets so agents could discuss classified information, and alerted the digit
    Gretchen Carlson's next fightBelind Luscombe writes, "When Gretchen Carlson was a cub reporter in Virginia in the early '90s, she was returning from a shoot in the TV production truck when the cameraman at the wheel suddenly asked her if she had liked it when he attached a microphone under her shirt. 'I was touching your breast
    This is the biggest mistake women make when negotiating Beth Kowitt writes, "Susie Scher, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, was supervising an employee---let's call her Jane Doe---who could be on her way partner. Doe was successful and accomplished---but she was known for taking feedback poorly. Scher, who runs Goldman's investment grade capital markets a
    Amazing women from around the world give you their best advice From Refinery29: "'Probably my biggest piece of advice is to have confidence in yourself, no matter what situation you find yourself in. Don't kid yourself to think that once you become a college graduate, it's not going to happen anymore --- it still does. Or if you become a lawyer that it won't happ
    How Accenture tackled a hard conversation about raceErika Fry writes, "In early July, after an awful week of violence had shaken the nation and laid bare America's racial tensions, Julie Sweet, group CEO of Accenture North America sent out a note to her 50,000 employees. It made her nervous, just using the language. Her email invited all employees to
    NYC Bar report reveals minorities have a 60% higher attrition rate; Asian attorneys leaving at an alarming rateRenwei Chung writes, "This week, the New York City (City) Bar published its latest Diversity Benchmarking Report. There were several notable bright spots in the report; however, women and minorities still face around a 50% higher voluntary attrition rate than white men. According to the report, thi

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