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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 Shares Testimony in The New York City Commission on Human Rights Public Hearing on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    NAWL submitted written testimony to the hearing, which took place on Wednesday, December 6, and focused on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace in New York City and how the local government can best address the issue.

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    2017 Survey on Promotion and Retention of Women in Law Firms


    Each year, the goal of the NAWL Survey has been to provide objective statistics regarding the position and advancement of women lawyers in law firms in particular, and the NAWL Survey remains the only national survey that collects this industry benchmarking data in such detail. The 2017 NAWL Survey marks 10 years of tracking data on the career progression and compensation of women among the top 200 U.S. law firms.  

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    NAWL Joins Statement Denouncing the Decision to Halt Service of Transgender Troops in the U.S. Armed Services

    Joining with other diversity bar associations, NAWL unequivocally and without reserve denounces the current administration's recent decision to halt the service of transgender troops in the U.S. armed forces.

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    President's Message

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    Angela Beranek Brandt
    NAWL President

    Winter 2018

    The Top 3 Tips for the 2 Critical Things to Meet Your #1 Goal

    It seems every other article I see these days has a list of tips, directives, imperatives, or warnings that promise to make us more efficient, more detail oriented, happier, wealthier, harder working, healthier, more balanced, wildly successful, and at peace with ourselves.  I know what you are thinking:  you cannot possibly accomplish all of those things at once.  But I have the secret.  Read on and you shall see.

    Tip #1:  Stay out of the Gym  

    Early in the year, gyms are filled with all manner of people trying to get back in shape.  If you are lucky enough to find both a parking spot and an open elliptical machine, chances are the machine is the one that makes more noise than the brakes on the car I drove in high school.  Waiting around for an open piece of cardio equipment is an incredible waste of time.  Precious time you could be spending elsewhere.  And do not kid yourself; you will not make it there often enough to save money on your health insurance premium.  You may as well just …

    NAWL News

    Washington Nationals strip Mike Isabella’s eateries from Nats Park amidst sexual harassment suitWarren Rojas writes, “Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals have removed the three embedded eateries associated with Top Chef alum Mike Isabella from Nationals Park following allegations of sexual harassment by a former employee of his hospitality group, Mike Isabella Concepts (MIC).Chloe C
    Latham chair steps down immediately over 'Communications of a sexual nature'Gina Passarella Cipriani writes, Latham & Watkins chairman William Voge abruptly stepped down Tuesday over what the firm said was inappropriate “communication of a sexual nature” with a woman who had no connection to the firm or any client. Voge is retiring from the firm, it said in a statement.In
    These women could be the tech industry's next great CEOs—or notLeigh Gallagher writes, “To say Lexi Reese is a get-things-done kind of person is an understatement. To navigate the demands of her leadership role at fast-growing startup Gusto, a cloud-based provider of payroll and human resources software for small businesses, she maintains her schedule with an e
    Sex trafficking bill heads to Trump, over Silicon Valley concernsCecilia Kang and Sheryl Gay Stolberg write, "Washington-The Senate gave final approval Wednesday to legislation that strengthens the policing of sex trafficking, over the opposition of many internet companies. Lawmakers are trying to catch up to the reality of prostitution long after the bartering o
    France introduces bill that would fine men on the spot for sexual harassmentAmanda Arnold writes, “As anticipated, France is unveiling a new bill that will institute on the spot fines for sexual harassment in public places, The Guardian reports.With the support of President Emmanuel Macron and France’s equality minister Marlène Schiappa, the legislation will be introduced
    This white tech guy has an idea to make tech less whiteRebecca Greenfield writes, “Bjorn Freeman-Benson is a little embarrassed by his 200-person engineering team: It’s overwhelmingly white, and it’s overwhelmingly male. He says he wants a more diverse staff for his digital product design company, InVision, but doesn’t get the applicants. “If I just hav

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    A NAWL membership offers you the opportunity to join a diverse group of professionals and enjoy a variety of benefits, including:

    - Access to career development and CLE programing
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