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 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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    California could be the first US state to set quotas for women on boardsOliver Staley writes, “Women make up little more than half the US population but occupy only 18% of its corporate board seats. Meanwhile, more than a fifth of the 3,000 largest publicly traded US companies don’t have a single woman on the board (here’s a list). Even if women got an equal share of ne
    Looking for lessons in Proskauer's sex bias settlementRyan lovelace writes, “We may never know what persuaded Proskauer Rose partner Connie Bertram to drop her $50 million gender discrimination suit against the firm this month. But that doesn’t mean no lessons can be drawn from the case.Proskauer and Washington-based Bertram filed a stipulation of di
    Serena Williams opens up about her complicated comeback, motherhood and making time to be selfishSean Gregory writes, “On a bright, cloudless early-August day in Silicon Valley, Serena Williams opens the back door of the Spanish-style home she shares with her husband, tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian, and walks down a flower-lined path to her office. Lemon trees bloom near the entrance to the b
    ACLU of Georgia slams plan to close many of county’s pollsFrom the New York Times: “ATLANTA — Civil rights advocates are objecting to a proposal to close about 75 percent of polling locations in a predominantly black South Georgia county.The Randolph County elections board is scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss a proposal that would eliminate seven of
    The sisterhood behind ‘Queen sugar’Macy Freeman and Ashley Nguyen write, “The main architect behind this place is award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who adapted “Queen Sugar,” a book by Natalie Baszile, for the Oprah Winfrey Network. The show, which takes place in the fictional St. Josephine, La., follows the Bordelon siblings as
    How a supreme court shaped by Trump could restrict access to abortionAdam Liptak, Anjali Singhvi, Natalie Reneau, Robin Stein, Aaron Byrd, and Jonha M. Kessel write, “President Trump has pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a constitutional right to abortion. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was

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