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 Submits Statement of Qualification of Supreme Court Nominee Hon. Brett Kavanaugh to Senate Judiciary Committee

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    NAWL Announces Its 2018-2019 Board of Directors

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    NAWL Comments in Recent Washington Post Article

    Immediate Past President Angela Beranek Brandt commented on behalf of NAWL in a recent Washington Post article focused on sexism and gender equity in the courtroom.

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    President's Message


    Sarretta C. McDonough
    NAWL President

    A Message From NAWL's 2018-2019 President

    I am honored to serve as NAWL’s President for the coming year.

    In 1899, the hurdles facing equality for women, much less equality for women lawyers in their chosen profession, must have looked insurmountable. Women could not vote; most women did not have access to education; those who had access had very confined and limited options for work—for most, the only real career option was marriage and motherhood. Beyond these practical limitations, society resisted change to traditional gender roles. Amazing then, that even in the face of these realities, a group of women lawyers refused to accept the status quo and had the vision and determination to effect change.

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    NAWL News

    Confirmation in turmoil, Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify at public hearingMarcia Coyle writes, “Nearly three decades after the nation sat mesmerized by televised hearings into sexual harassment allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, a Senate committee publicly will delve into the sexual assault accusation against high court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
    States have millions of dollars to help victims of crime, but seven ban aid for people with criminal records. A close look at two states shows how this hurts black families the most.Alysia Santo writes, “After his father was murdered in Sarasota, Florida, in 2015, Anthony "Amp" Campbell was in shock. Not only had he lost his role model and supporter, he also worried about coming up with $10,000 to pay for the funeral and burial.Campbell, an Alabama State University football c
    Federal judicial misconduct rules could get a significant makeoverTony Mauro writes, “Responding to continued #MeToo scrutiny of the federal judiciary, the Judicial Conference on Thursday proposed significant changes in its code of conduct and rules to make it easier for employees to file complaints, and harder for perpetrators to escape punishment.“A judge has
    CEO turnover reached an all-time high in AugustEmma Hinchliffe writes, “Turnover among U.S. CEOs is at an all-time high—and more women are stepping in to take the reins.In August, 154 CEOs left their roles, according to a report by global outplacement consultancy and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas. The report tracks CEO
    Bye bye, big law: Greenberg Traurig co-president Hilarie Bass is stepping down to start a nonprofitZach Schlein writes, “After a one-firm career that spanned more than 30 years, Hilarie Bass, the Miami-based co-president of Greenberg Traurig, will be stepping down in December.Bass, who concluded a one-year term as president of the American Bar Association in August, is vacating her position to
    How companies can ensure maternity leave doesn’t hurt women’s careerDavid Collings, Yseult Freeney, Lisa van der Werff writes, “Imagine that a temporary absence from your workplace could lead to 10 years of sustained high performance being forgotten. Imagine that your relationship with senior partners at your firm, with whom you had previously worked closely, signif

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