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    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.

    President's Message

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    Marsha L. Anastasia
    NAWL President

    Winter 2016

    I’m happy to report that the National Association of Women Lawyers wrapped up 2015 with a bang, celebrating our 11th Annual General Counsel Institute in New York City. We heard from the General Counsels of Ruby Tuesday, Teach for America, ING Financial Holdings, and Pearson, who shared tips on succeeding as General Counsel in the 21st Century. We learned how to identify red flags in financial statements from Duff & Phelps, heard great advice from Arin Reeves about playing to win, and ended the conference with a funny, yet impactful keynote by Mika Brzezinski, co-host of “Morning Joe”. In addition to all the substantive learning, it was an amazing networking event where we connected with old friends and gained new ones from corporations around the country. I am looking forward to making more in-house connections at our upcoming Atlanta Regional General Counsel Institute in April.

    If you’ve been monitoring women’s rights around the globe, you certainly saw that in December women in Saudi Arabia voted and ran for office for the first time ever and 20 women were elected for office. That is real progress and shows the cou…

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