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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

    Fall 2017

    Fall: A Time to Remember and Re-center

    Almost every fall I find myself leaving Minnesota to go back “home” to South Dakota. In the years where I am too busy and my schedule does not allow that fall trip, things feel unbalanced. This year I was fortunate enough to spend several days on our family farm. It was relaxing and rejuvenating. As I get older and further into my career and adult life, I have an increasing contrast between where I came from and where I am. The vast, quiet space of the open prairie is, on every sensory level, in stark contrast with my usual everyday life. It is the prairie setting that I am able to connect with my roots and once again find my center. For me, this periodic exercise is necessary; whatever I am doing in my life and in my career, it is all based on the foundation of the place from where I came.

    Where each of us came from has importance to where we are going. When it feels we are not being true to ourselves, even when we are meeting the expectations of others, there will be tension. I have found that while success requires hard work, it cannot be forced. Our greatest successes come …

    NAWL News

    Do women's networking events move the needle on equality?Shawn Achor writes, "Recently, I was flying home from the Conference for Women, where I had been invited to speak. I was carefully holding a copy of the conference program on my lap — my mom likes to save them, and I wanted to be a good son and bring her back an unwrinkled copy. The guy sitting next
    All 50 state AGs demand an end to ‘culture of silence’ surrounding sexual harassmentEmily Peck writes, “During a time of rabid partisanship, somehow the Me Too movement has managed to bring together Democrats and Republicans (at least the ones outside the White House).On Monday, every single state attorney general ― a majority of whom are Republican ― signed a letter to congressi
    Here’s what happens to a startup after a sexual harassment scandalLizette Chapman writes, “BetterWorks Systems Inc. isn’t a well-known name in Silicon Valley, but the startup achieved a moment of infamy last year that it hasn’t been able to shake. A former employee sued the company in July, claiming the chief executive officer sexually harassed and assaulted her a
    Harvey Weinstein lawsuit: Attorney General says 'we have never seen anything as despicable'The Guardian writes, “New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman said on Monday that a pervasive pattern of sexual misconduct and corporate enabling at the Weinstein Company was some of the worst his office has investigated.‘We have never seen anything as despicable as what we’ve seen right here,
    Michigan law student becomes first black editor-in-chief of 116-year-old law reviewSayali Amin writes, "Second-year Law student Megan Brown has spent the past seven years at the University, first for her undergraduate education and now for Law School.Now, she has been selected as the editor in chief of the Michigan Law Review – a University of Michigan publication written by leg
    Read the NLRB memo defending Google's firing of James DamoreErin Mulvaney writes,"Google Inc. did not violate federal labor law in firing an engineer who wrote a widely circulated memo that argued women were not as biologically fit as men for tech jobs, according to a National Labor Relations Board lawyer’s memo that was disclosed on Feb. 15.Former Google

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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
    - Advocacy
    - Community Outreach
    - Continued Learning

    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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