Loretta Lynch Confirmation

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    NAWL congratulates Loretta Lynch on being confirmed by the Senate as Attorney General of the United States. Lynch's confirmation makes her the first African-American woman to hold that position in United States history.

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    President's Message

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    Lisa M. Passante
    NAWL President
    2014-2015  

    Spring 2015

    We know that there is power in numbers and power in inclusion. We know that we stand on the shoulders of the strong women who came before us, and we know we need to pass the keys to success to the coming generations. We know from numerous studies that when there are more women in leadership, women are more likely to thrive – and in fact the business they are in is more likely to thrive. One of us, alone, can do very little.

    The NAWL Challenge, issued in 2006, focused on thirty percent – women would represent 30 percent of equity partners, 30 percent of Fortune 500 General Counsel and 30 percent of tenured law school professors by 2015. The profession sadly hasn’t reached that goal…

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    Special Report: Big Law Is Failing WomenThe American Lawyer writes, "Why aren't there more women at the top of the nation's biggest firms? Consider that at the current growth rate of women equity partners, gender parity will be reached in the year 2181. Our investigation includes firm-by-firm data plus a look at innovative firms that are
    Law is the least diverse profession in the nation. And lawyers aren't doing enough to change that.Deborah L. Rhode writes, "From the outside, the legal profession seems to be growing ever more diverse. Three women are now on the Supreme Court. Loretta Lynch is the second African American to hold the position of attorney general. The president and first lady are lawyers of color. Yet according to
    Top female lawyers and executives find that part-time isn't a career killerClaire Bushey writes, "When attorney Rebecca Eisner decided to go part-time for the sake of her family, she thought she had turned her back on an equity partnership at Mayer Brown. From 1996 to 2004, the University of Michigan law grad billed between 60 and 80 percent of the hours required for full-
    Paid leave goes from progressive pipe dream to political realityLauren Sandler writes, "This January, in his State of the Union address, President Obama did something that no president has ever done in a venue of this importance: He called for paid family leave." READ MORE>>
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