PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
How can women lawyers succeed, help each other succeed and, more broadly, help to create a diverse and inclusive workforce? That’s what we’ll be gathering to discuss on Tuesday, May 9 at the National Association of Women Lawyers Seattle Conference, with a powerhouse of top lawyers and leaders - from law firms, in-house legal departments, non-profits, and the government. We’ll focus on the key issues and opportunities that face women in the legal profession today and how we can work together to overcome them.
We’ll hear from women in senior legal roles about what strategies helped them overcome professional and political challenges on their path to success and what they recommend for you to reach your full potential. We’ll focus on the changing paradigms of legal fee arrangements and how they, along with initiatives designed to enhance diversity in the workplace, such as ABA Resolution 113, create disruptive opportunities for change. For law firm lawyers, in particular, we’ll offer a session on business development, with lessons learned and best practices from three top lawyers in Seattle. In-house lawyers can learn about a topic that goes to the heart of working towards a diverse workplace – accessibility – and what in-house lawyers should know to ensure your company or organization is a leader on this issue.
Above all, we look to celebrate and connect the growing legal community of exceptional women lawyers in the Pacific Northwest. By connecting with each other and dedicating a day to thinking about how we can enhance our professional lives, we hope to lift each other and our profession.
2017 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Grand Hyatt New York
You're invited to attend the National Association of Women Lawyers’ 2017 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon which will be held at the Grand Hyatt New York on Thursday, July 20. The Luncheon will draw over 900 attendees, including outside and in-house counsel, and attorneys from government, military, non-profits, and academia. The 2017 awards to be presented include:
• Lead By Example Award for a leading male attorney who supports the advancement of women within his organization to Mark Roellig, Chief Technology and Administrative Officer, MassMutual; and
• M. Ashley Dickerson Award in recognition of lawyers who promote diversity to Hon. Wilhelmina M. Wright, Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
In addition to the Awards Luncheon celebrating leaders in our organization and profession, there will be comprehensive and rich programming relevant to women in all fields of legal practice. The morning and afternoon programming will feature candid conversations on diversity, overcoming challenges, and the importance of having a supportive network.
Friday, September 15,2017
Hyatt Regency Boston
Meeting the Challenge is a forum for law firms, corporations, government, nonprofits, and other stakeholders to share best practices, learn from thought-leaders, and forge meaningful and lasting connections necessary to meet NAWL's One-Third By 2020 Challenge. Issued in March 2016, the 2020 Challenge urges the legal profession to increase the representation of women to one-third of general counsels of Fortune 1000 companies, one-third of law school deans, one-third of entering partner equity classes, and one-third of entering law firm lateral hires and to increase by one-third the number of diverse female attorneys (including women of color and LBTQI attorneys) in every segment of the legal profession.
In addition to programming focused on what institutions can do to increase the number of women in leadership roles, Meeting the Challenge will feature sessions focused on overcoming unconscious bias and strategies for individuals to advance and flourish in their existing environments. NAWL will also unveil its 2017 Survey on the Promotion and Retention of Women in Law Firms administered by Professor Destiny Peer, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Friends of NAWL Events
International Bar Association Study on Barriers to Women in Legal Profession
Research shows that there are significant gaps in diversity in more senior roles in the legal profession. Although women are graduating with law degrees and entering legal careers at higher rates than men, significantly fewer women continue into senior positions within the legal profession. The International Bar Association's Legal Policy & Research Unit (LPRU) is undertaking an international research study, to address diversity within the legal profession.
The survey is targeting practicing lawyers (including those in-house), those no longer practicing and those who never practiced - for instance, they may have completed a law degree but never entered the field. Both men and women are welcome to complete the survey.