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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

    Women lawyers have deciding voice at year-old Selendy & GayElizabeth Olson writes in Bloomberg Law, "Working at majority women-owned Selendy & Gay is a “totally different atmosphere” that was shocking for founding partner Faith Gay, who has practiced at law firms for more than three decades, most recently at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.A year ago th
    Research: when gender diversity makes firms more productiveStephen Turban, Dan Wu and Letian (LT) Zhang write in the Harvard Business Review, "The business world has long debated the effect of gender diversity on business outcomes. Does diversity make a company more productive? Many say yes. Some researchers argue that gender diversity leads to more innovat
    2018 finally brought record highs In diversity for leading Hollywood roles: studyMarina Fang writes in The Huffington Post, "With two box-office juggernauts led by casts dominated by people of color, 2018 has been lauded as a landmark year for diversity and inclusion in Hollywood. Now, new analysis from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative solid
    The six signature traits of inclusive leadershipJuliett Bourke writes in Deloitte Insights, "What will it take to be a great leader in the future? In five years, ten years, even fifteen years?Say those numbers slightly differently—2020, 2025, or 2030—and your imagination takes you somewhere else entirely. To the realm of science fiction in whic
    In letter, DC Circuit pick Neomi Rao expresses regret for past writings on sexual assaultEllis Kim wrties in The National Law Journal, "Neomi Rao, the White House regulatory czar nominated to fill a federal appeals court seat left vacant by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, apologized in a letter to senators Monday for a controversial column she wrote as a college student on campus sexual assaul
    Women increase share of US patents, but only to 12 percentThe share of U.S. patents that include at least one woman as an inventor has tripled over the last 30 years. But even with that increase, women inventors still made up only 12 percent of all inventors on U.S. patents granted in 2016.Those were a couple of headline findings in a U.S. Patent and Tra

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