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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 …

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    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
    Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne settle sex bias case with $1m payout to ex-partnerChristine Simmons writes,” Chadbourne & Parke and its merger partner Norton Rose Fulbright have agreed to settle a high-profile gender discrimination case brought by three former female partners, according to newly filed court papers.To resolve the claims under the Equal Pay Act, the defendants wi
    Matt Damon and Ben Affleck vow to embrace the inclusion rider clauseTom Huddlestone Jr. writes, “Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are the latest Hollywood power-players to embrace inclusion riders, the diversity-promoting clauses recently thrust into the national spotlight by actress Frances McDormand, who championed them in her Academy Awards acceptance speech earlier th
    180 Female Execs Launch Time’s Up AdvertisingSarah Spellings writes,” The advertising world is getting its own #MeToo moment. Yesterday, 180 female agency executives announced the launch of Time’s Up Advertising, which is in partnership with the larger Time’s Up movement and legal-defense fund.Their mission, according to their website, is to
    The crown paid its queen Elizabeth less than its prince PhillipJulie Miller writes, “Even Queen Elizabeth herself, the human embodiment of poise and restraint, would likely find herself angry to discover that the actress who plays her on Netflix’s The Crown earned less than her male counterpart during the first two seasons of the critically acclaimed period dra

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