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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.

    President's Message

    Leslie Richards-Yellen

    Leslie Richards-Yellen
    NAWL President
    2016-2017

    Spring 2017

    A few months ago, one of my daughters, my sister and ‎I traveled to South Africa. Our guides were determined that we see the "big five"-lion, elephant, rhinoceros, water buffalo and leopard--which is the goal of every safari. The "big five" are very respected by locals, and thus appropriately named, as they are the five animals that, under the right circumstances, could prevail in an encounter with a human being.  

    While one guide drove, the other studied the ground for footprints to see whether one of the "big five" was in the vicinity. From the depth and clarity of the footprints, the guides could discern the type of the animal, whether it was in pursuit of another animal, and its strength. That safari has made me evaluate the contour and depth of NAWL's "impact footprint".

    I am incredibly grateful and humbled when I see daily demonstrations of member engagement, which will eventually lead to fulfillment of our mission of gender equality.  From my vantage point, our distinct footprint evidences our efforts as the national women's bar associa…

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    NAWL member Gigi Rollini named among the "Florida Legal Elite"Gigi Rollini, a shareholder and attorney at Tallahassee firm Messer Caparello, P.A., was named among the "Florida Legal Elite" by Florida Trend magazine. The "Florida Legal Elite" comprises less than 1.5% of active Florida bar members, and "exemplify a standard of excellence in their profession and
    Why women aren't C.E.O.s, according to women who almost wereSusan Chira writes, "A year ago, dressed in suffragette white and addressing a cheering, weeping convention, Hillary Clinton stood for possibility. Now she is a reminder of the limits women continue to confront--in politics and beyond.More than 40 years after women began pouring in to the workplac
    More than half the murders of women are partner-relatedGaby Del Valle writes, "Homicide is the fifth-leading cause of death for American women under 44, and more than half of murders are partner-related, meaning they occurred at the hands of a former or current partner or the partner’s family or friends, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control a
    The Navy gets its first female SEAL candidateLaurel Wamsley writes, "The Navy says it has its first female candidates for two elite special operations jobs previously closed to women — including a prospective SEAL.One woman is in the pipeline to be a SEAL officer, and another is on the path to becoming a special warfare combatant crewman. Th
    Deloitte thinks diversity groups are passéJeff Green writes, "Megan Schumann doesn’t seem like a woman who’d be cheerleading the end of the female advocacy group at auditing and consulting firm Deloitte LLP. The San Francisco-based consultant attended an all-girls high school at her own request and founded a women’s business group when she
    The BBC pays its top man 5 times what it pays its top womanGeoffrey Smith writes, "Britain's august BBC revealed a yawning gap between the pay of its top male and female stars Wednesday when it named its highest earners for the first time.The 95-year-old public-service broadcaster has made much in recent years of its need to pay high salaries to keep up w

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