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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.

    Mark Your Calendar!
    2019 NAWL Event Schedule:

    February 27 - March 1, 2019 | Mid-Year Meeting | La Jolla, CA
    April 30, 2019 | Denver Conference | Denver, CO
    July 17-18, 2019 | Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon | New York, NY
    Fall 2019 | Meeting the Challenge Atlanta | Atlanta, GA
    November 7 - 8, 2019 | Fifteenth General Counsel Institute | New York, NY

    NAWL Amends Statement of Qualification of Supreme Court Nominee Hon. Brett Kavanaugh

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    National Association of Women Lawyers Joins with American Bar Association’s Call for Due Process and Full Investigation Of Allegations Raised Against U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Hon. Brett Kavanaugh

    The National Association of Women Lawyers joins in the American Bar Association’s call for due process and a full investigation into the allegations raised against Judge Kavanaugh before the Senate votes on his nomination. The lawyer members of the ABA and NAWL are colleagues and peers of Judge Kavanaugh and, as such, are uniquely qualified to weigh in on both his nomination and the integrity of the nomination process. Judge Kavanaugh’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday raised new questions on his veracity and whether he has the temperament to serve on our highest court. More importantly, the Committee’s decision to ignore precedent and not refer the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh to the FBI for a full and objective investigation is a dereliction of its duty and is unfair to the nominee and those who have testified and submitted evidence before the Committee.  

    The credibility and legitimacy of this nomination and, by extension, our highest court is at stake.  Only due process can guarantee a fair outcome for the nominee and the citizens of this country.  We agree with the ABA that “[e]ach appointment to our nation's highest court (as with all others) is simply too important to rush to a vote.”

    NAWL Urges Senate Judiciary Committee to Ensure Due Process in Vetting of Supreme Court Nominee Hon. Brett Kavanaugh

    The National Association of Women Lawyers applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee's commitment to due process by continuing its hearings on the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.  We, however, disagree with the Committee’s decision to ignore precedent and proceed with testimony related to events that have not been appropriately and objectively investigated by the FBI, which would benefit all involved and lend credibility to the Committee’s process and result.

    The Supreme Court is the highest court of our land and, since this nation's founding, its justices have served as the guardians of those rights guaranteed under our Constitution.  As citizens and women lawyers, we expect nothing less from each justice than that they bring to the bench an intellectual rigor, an unwavering commitment to the rule of law, and the highest ethical and moral character.  We trust that those who are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that Judge Kavanaugh meets those high ideals will give due consideration to and treat with equal respect all who appear, whether it is the nominee or other witnesses called to provide evidence and testify before the Senate.  The American people deserve nothing less from our elected representatives and from those who would seek to hold a lifetime appointment on our highest court.

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

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    Learn more about the mission and procedures of the NAWL Committee for the Evaluation of Supreme Court Nominees>>

    NAWL Announces Its 2018-2019 Board of Directors

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    President's Message

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    Sarretta C. McDonough
    NAWL President
    2018-2019

    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

    HSBC's gender pay gap, the worst in U.K. banking, is now even biggerHarry Wilson and David Hellier of Bloomberg News write, "Pay for female staff at HSBC Holdings Plc’s U.K. business fell further behind male colleagues’ in the last year, according to new figures from the London-based bank.Women at HSBC earned 61 percent less on average compared with male employees a
    Managers pick mini-me proteges of same race, genderJeff Green of Bloomberg News writes, "For those worried that the #MeToo movement has discouraged men from nurturing women’s ambitions at work, the Center for Talent Innovation has some news: There wasn’t a lot of progress to roll back in the first place.Research released today shows that, as of a ye
    Bernice Sandler, 'godmother of Title IX' who championed women's rights on campus, dies at 90Emily Langer of The Washington Post writes, "In 1969, her newly earned doctorate in hand, Bernice Sandler was hoping to land one of seven open teaching positions in her department at the University of Maryland. When she learned she had been considered for none of them, she asked a male colleague abo
    I am (an older) woman. Hear me roar.Jessica Bennett of The New York Times writes, "When Susan Zirinsky takes over CBS News in March, she will be the first woman to hold the job. She will also be the oldest person to assume the role, at 66.Her appointment was announced just days after Nancy Pelosi, 78, was re-elected Speaker of the Hou
    A California dream for paid leave has an old problem: How to pay for itClaire Cain Miller and Jim Tankersley of the New York Times write, "The United States has long been the only industrialized country not to offer paid leave to new parents. Instead of waiting for the federal government, the incoming governor of California intends to change that in a significant way f
    Julie Sweet of Accenture could see her future. So she quit her job.David Gelles of The New York Times writes, "Julie Sweet is one of the most powerful women in corporate America, yet few people outside the business community know her name.As the chief executive for North America at Accenture, a consulting firm with 469,000 employees, Ms. Sweet runs a business wit

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