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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

    NAWL Executive Director Jenny Waters quoted in Progressive law article on International Women's DayNAWL Executive Director Jenny Waters was quoted in a recent Progressive Law article on International Women's Day. The article cited Ms. Waters as saying:"'We just got back from our Mid-Year Meeting and Awards Luncheon in Miami where we celebrated women who are making a difference for other women
    Catharine MacKinnon and Gretchen Carlson have a few things to sayPhillip Galanes writes, “Sexual harassment “was not considered anything you could do something about- that the law could help you do something about- until a book was written by a then-young woman named Kitty MacKinnon,” the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said at the Sundance Film Festiva
    Goldman Sachs pays female staff 56% less than male colleagues in U.K.Gavin Finch and David Hellier write,” Goldman Sachs Group Inc. pays women in the U.K. an average of 56 percent less than male colleagues, another stark example of the entrenched gender imbalances in the richest corners of the global economy.The gap widens to 72 percent for year-end discretionary b
    NY Senate passes bill prohibiting mandatory arbitration clauses in sex harassment settlementsJosefa Velasquez writes, “ALBANY — The Republican-led state Senate on Monday passed legislation aimed at reforming the state’s sexual harassment policies.The legislation, which passed 56-2, would ban mandatory arbitration clauses in sexual harassment settlements; establish a statutory definition o
    Women lose out to men even before they graduate from collegeJackie Gu writes,” For almost 40 years, women have outnumbered men on U.S. college campuses. They’re accepted to the same schools as men, study in the same degree programs and graduate at higher rates than men. So when female graduates enter the labor force, you’d expect that they would at least fin
    ABA Unveils New Guidelines to Combat Sexual HarassmentMeghan Tribe writes,” A new “zero tolerance” manual issued by the American Bar Association, which includes a preface by Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll of counsel Anita Hill, seeks to provide guidance to the U.S. legal profession in combating sexual harassment in the workplace.“Zero Tolerance: Best

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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:

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