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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.

    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

    Business groups press Supreme Court to reverse gender-pay rulingErin Mulvaney writes, “Business groups are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeal ruling that said employers cannot use a worker’s prior salary history to justify paying men and women differently for comparable jobs.The use of prior compensation in setting salary is a common pa
    Which types of companies are adding women to their boards, and which aren’tShivaram Rajgopal and George Fleck write, “California recently passed a law requiring public firms headquartered in the state to include at least one woman on their boards by the end of 2019. The proposal has led to criticism that board quotas have unintended consequences. Others have claimed that a
    Starbucks announces new backup childcare benefitsDanielle Wiener-Bronner writes, “Starbucks is sweetening the pot for employees with a new family care benefit.The company announced on Tuesday that it will provide workers with ten subsidized backup care days for children or adults.Starbucks (SBUX) announced an expansive new set of benefits in J
    Business groups press Supreme Court to reverse gender-pay rulingErin Mulvaney writes, “Business groups are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeal ruling that said employers cannot use a worker’s prior salary history to justify paying men and women differently for comparable jobs.The use of prior compensation in setting salary is a common pa
    Jane Mayer has been reporting alongside Ronan Farrow. So why isn’t she getting branded as a hero of #MeToo?Ruth Graham writes, “On Sunday night, the New Yorker published an explosive report detailing that a second woman is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Deborah Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh “thrust his penis in her face” at a party when he was a freshman at Yale Uni
    Will you report sexual harassment or bullying? Be honest.Vivia Chen writes, “Maybe it’s too early to ask, but I’ll put it out there anyway: Are women more or less likely to report harassment or bullying in the workplace in the aftermath of the Brett Kavanaugh hearing?My totally unscientific poll indicates that women are split. On one hand, there’s the “

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