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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 Supports Amendment to ABA Model Rules

    The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) recently sent a letter to Myles V. Lynk, Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility in support of Resolution 109 to Amend Model Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4 to expressly prohibit discrimination or harassment on the part of a lawyer in conduct related to the practice of law. The revision promotes fair and equal treatment in the profession, including for women, and is consistent with one of NAWL’s fundamental goals – the advancement of women in the profession.

    NAWL's Annual National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms shows that efforts to advance women to equity partnership have all but stagnated over the past decade, despite the efforts of many people over the span of many years. Perhaps when the refusal to accept discrimination and harassment is literally written into the moral code of the legal profession, women and minorities will be fully accepted as colleagues, partners, bosses, and opposing counsel.

    Read the full letter online at http://www.nawl.org/d/do/438.

    NAWL Submits Evaluation on Supreme Court Nominee, the Honorable Merrick Garland

    The National Association of Women Lawyers® ("NAWL") Supreme Court Committee has completed an extensive evaluation of the qualifications and background of the Honorable Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court and submitted its evaluation to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

    Based on its review of over 330 opinions and dissents authored by Judge Garland and articles authored or coauthored by him, its interviews of dozens of individuals, and its consideration of the information publicly available as of the date of this letter, NAWL's Supreme Court Committee concluded that Judge Garland is "well-qualified" for the position of Associate Justice. "Well-qualified" is the highest rating that the Committee is authorized to confer upon a nominee. Read the full statement here>>

    Members of the NAWL Committee for the Evaluation of Supreme Court Nominees are appointed by the President of NAWL. The Committee independently reviews and evaluates the qualifications of each Presidential nominee to the United States Supreme Court with an emphasis on laws and decisions regarding women's rights and those that have a special impact on women.

    President's Message

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    Marsha L. Anastasia
    NAWL President
    2015-2016

    Spring 2016

    When I learned of Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing, I knew that NAWL had important work ahead.  We quickly convened our NAWL Supreme Court Committee to begin the critical work of vetting President Obama’s nominee Judge Merrick Garland.  Our Committee was co-chaired by two amazing leaders, JoAnne Epps, Dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law, and Ramona Romero, General Counsel of Princeton University.  With a focus on women’s issues, the Committee of law professors, general counsel, law firm lawyers and other prominent attorneys dedicated hundreds of hours to reviewing more than 330 opinions and interviewing colleagues, co-workers and subordinates of Judge Garland.  Our Committee concluded that Judge Garland is “well-qualified” for the position of Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, NAWL’s highest rating.  This was yet another example of the way that the women of NAWL come together to accomplish important work, take a stand, and contribute to our legal community.

    We did our work.  Now we need our senators and our Senate Judiciary Committee to do their work – their constitutionally mandat…

    NAWL News

    Recap: 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon NAWL's 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon NAWL's 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon took place Thursday, July 14, 2016 in New York! If you couldn't make it to the event, check out the recap below! #PHP_59#
    How Wall Street bro talk keeps women down Sam Polk writes, "When I was a 27-year-old bond trader at Bank of America, I went to dinner with a managing director and a high-profile client, both men, at a Brazilian all-you-can-eat meat restaurant in Manhattan. The waitress came by to see if we wanted another round of drinks. When she was out of
    Atlanta firm leaders compete in hackathon to advance women in law Meredith Hobbs writes, "Atlanta leaders from Troutman Sanders, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan joined partners from 54 firms nationally to compete in the first-ever lawyer hackathon seeking solutions to a persistent problem in Big Law: the lack of advancement of women
    How to solve big law's client credit gender gap?David Ruiz writes, "Last weekend, a group of attorneys put together a plan to solve a little-discussed but serious obstacle facing women at big law firms: relationship credit and who gets it. Too often, the lawyers said, relationship credit is inherited, the sole discretion of a previous
    In dissents, Sonia Sotomayor takes on the criminal justice systemAdam Liptak writes, "The Supreme Court term had barely gotten underway in early November when Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued her first dissent. A police officer's 'rogue conduct,' she wrote, had left a man dead thanks to a "'shoot first, think later' approach to policing.' Justice Sotomayor went on
    Deloitte survey: Less than half of people surveyed feel their organization helps men feel comfortable taking parental leaveGeri Ann Baptista writes, "With Father's Day fast approaching, Americans are ever mindful of a crucial workplace benefit provided to both mothers and fathers: parental leave. In an online poll of 1,000 employed adults across America with access to employer benefits, Deloitte found that fewer than

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