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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

    Leslie Richards-Yellen

    Leslie Richards-Yellen
    NAWL President

    Summer 2016

    I am delighted and proud to be the incoming President of this wonderful organization of ours! After 117 years, the National Association of Women Lawyers is more committed than ever to advancing women in the legal profession. 

    Beginning in the era of the suffragettes, NAWL has been an impactful organization on issues of importance to women. This legacy has been assured by an unbroken line of strong leaders. Marsha L. Anastasia, the outgoing NAWL President, is one of the most gifted of these remarkable women. Although Marsha has a huge job as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel-The Americas for Pitney Bowes, she works unceasingly toward gender equality. It is a great honor to succeed Marsha and to continue the upward trajectory for NAWL that she was instrumental in plotting.

    Regardless of your political orientation, it is an important indicator of progress for women that Hillary Clinton is the presidential nominee of a major political party. It is a victory for all women that the nouns mother, grandmother, and wife are now associated with the titles lawyer, Senator, Secretary of State, and presumptive presidential nominee. Step by step, the frontier of &ldquo…

    NAWL News

    This is what work-life balance looks like at a company with 100% retention of moms Jenny Anderson writes, "When Phil Graves, a father of three young girls, worked for Deloitte, his days looked a lot like those of many working professionals. He left before the kids were up to commute to work in San Francisco. He raced through his day, and dashed home to make the bedtime crush: bath
    Black women are doctors, believe it or not, AmericaCrystal R. Emery writes, "Dr. Tamika Cross, who is an OBGYN in Houston, posted on Facebook last weekend that a Delta flight attendant rejected her offer to help a sick patient and questioned whether she was really a doctor. Dr. Cross is young and black. Another doctor on board was allowed to help.
    How working with men changed my leadership style for the better Angela Stephens writes, "Over the years, I've changed and adapted to various work environments to ensure I controlled my success. But one of the first things I did was learn to stop comparing myself to others, particularly men. The most important thing is to focus on you, your team, your work produc
    How three activists confront companies on diversity and prevail Laura Colby writes, "When it came to protecting gay employees, J.B. Hunt Transport was one of the last holdouts. The Arkansas-based trucking company hadn't gotten any reports of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, officials told shareholder activist Brianna Murphy.
    5 reasons I'm optimistic about the future of our girls Melinda Gates writes, "On International Day of the Girl, we recognize the unique challenges millions of girls face. And we celebrate the ways in which girls change the world when they overcome these challenges. I'm feeling especially celebratory this year because I believe the future for girls is
    We want men to be 'geniuses' and women to be 'nurturers' says study Valentina Zarya writes, "When you think of genius, who comes to mind? Albert Einstein? Steve Jobs? Elon Musk? It's no accident that all of these people are men; a study published Friday in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science shows that for many people, the combination of 'woman

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