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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

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    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
    2017-2018

    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

    Pioneering civil rights leader Vel Phillips remembered as unwavering voice for justiceMary Spicuzza writes, "Lifelong trailblazer and civil rights advocate Vel R. Phillips died Tuesday, leaving a legacy of fighting for equality that has inspired generations.Phillips, 95, was widely respected as an unwavering voice for justice who broke racial and gender barriers — and deeply change
    Uber whistleblower Susan Fowler backs California legislation to end forced arbitrationJon Russell and Connie Loizos write, "Susan Fowler, the  former Uber engineer whose blog post about sexual harassment and troubling internal workings led to the departure of CEO Travis Kalanick, is backing new legislation that aims to give victims of sexual harassment and other workplace discriminat
    Leading by example to close the gender pay gapLesley Stahl writes, "The 'Me Too' movement has shaken the workplace to its core. It has such power that it has come to mean more than sexual harassment. 'Me Too' is now also about the issue of unequal pay between men and women.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a woman made 60 cents for every d
    'We can solve huge technical issues, but can't pay our employees a fair wage?'Noah Kulwin writes, "Over the last few months, Select All has interviewed more than a dozen prominent technology figures about what has gone wrong with the contemporary internet for a project called “The Internet Apologizes.” We’re now publishing lengthier transcripts of each individual interview. T
    Riley Safer's new managing partner could be a first for law firm diversityMeghan Tribe writes, "Two years after its formation, Schiff Hardin spinoff Riley, Safer, Holmes & Cancila has elected former judge and co-founding partner Patricia Brown Holmes as its first managing partner.A vote last week at Riley Safer officially made Holmes its new leader, a move that could al
    New York State's latest push to broaden salary history banChris Chrisbens writes, "New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo continues his push to address the gender pay gap in New York. The latest is the release of a Department of Labor report commissioned by the Governor that recommends legislation barring all employers, public and private, from asking or search

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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
    - Opportunities to build a national network
    - Leadership Development
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    NAWL welcomes the individual attorneys, including private practice, corporate, academic, government and non-profit attorneys, and groups, including law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations.

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