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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
    2016-2017

    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

    How women won a leading role in China's venture capital industry Shai Oster & Selina Wang write, "The largest venture capital fund ever raised by a woman isn't in Silicon Valley or even the U.S. It's in Beijing and is run by a former librarian who keeps such a low profile that she's a mystery in her native China. Chen Xiaohong rarely attends industry conferences
    Black female founder raises $7 million for renewable energy tech startupMegan Rose Dickey writes, "I'd like to tip my imaginary hat off to Jessica O. Matthews, the black female founder and CEO of renewable energy tech startup Uncharted Play. Her company just closed a $7 million Series A round led by the NIC Fund with participation from Kapor Capital, Magic Johnson Enter
    With 50-50 gender split on board, GM is in rare companyJoann Muller writes, "In June, when General Motors (GM -0.53%) shareholders elected Jane Mendillo to the board of directors, GM became --- without fanfare or indeed much notice --- the first major industrial corporation with an even gender split on its board. GM didn't issue a press release crowing abo
    HeForShe IMPACT ReportFrom HeForShe: "At the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly today, UN Women unveiled the first-ever HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 University Parity Report. In the groundbreaking report, 10 leading global universities lay out concrete commitments and begin charting their progress toward a
    Exclusive: Even when they reach the top, executive women aren't sure the climb is worth itValentina Zarya writes, "There's a lot of talk about how and why it's so difficult for women to get to the C-suite. But what happens once they're there? According to preliminary findings from a joint Bain & Company and LinkedIn study shared exclusively with Fortune, many senior-level women continue
    The millennial majority is transforming your cultureFrom Deloitte: "Millennials are disrupting the status quo, and many are seeking purpose-driven work in their organizations. A new report analyzing three years of data collected by Deloitte discovered that millennials want to be all in without sacrificing the flexibility to be who they are at work

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