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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 Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit for Turbulent Times 

This is a stressful time for law firms. The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected firm revenues, many firms have their lawyers working remotely, and furloughs and layoffs of lawyers seem to have begun in earnest. It is essential that during these uncertain and turbulent times law firms do not make decisions that disproportionately and inappropriately affect women and people of color (POC), which has been the case in past economic downturns. This toolkit is designed to assist law firms in implementing processes and procedures that will assure their personnel decisions during these difficult times are all free of unjustified and discriminatory consequences. Read the D&I Toolkit here. 

NAWL Stands with NNABA and Calls for Inclusion of Native Americans in the Legal Profession

On June 26th, 2020, the National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) wrote The Center for Women in Law and the NALP Foundation in critical response to the ‘exclusion of Native American Women Law Students from “Women in Color - Law School Experiences” Study’. The issues raised in NNABA’s letter have stirred the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) to reflect and take action. Read the open letter here.

NAWL Issues Statement & Call to Action in Response to the Murder of George Floyd

We write to you with heavy hearts as our nation has once again been shocked by the senseless killing of another Black person at the hands of the police. The murder of George Floyd is a reminder of the grim inequities that run rampant in our society. We are not witnessing a tear in the fabric of our democracy, but further evidence that our democracy was never fully fabricated – it has and continues to elude and exclude those who have historically been marginalized based on race, gender, or sex. These inequities are reflected in victims like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black women and men, as well as the disproportionate health and unemployment impacts of COVID-19 on the Black community. This country is at an inflection point from which we can and must collectively move forward in recognition that an injustice against one community is an affront to all of our communities. We must support one another to fight institutional racism and bigotry. Read more>>


NAWL membership offers you the opportunity to join a diverse group of professionals and enjoy a variety of benefits, including:

  • Access to career development and CLE programming; 
  • Opportunities to build a national network; 
  • Leadership development;
  • Advocacy;
  • Continued learning.

NAWL welcomes individual attorneys and groups, including law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations. 

Thank You To Our 2020 Sustaining Sponsors

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Young Women Lawyers Event
Lunch & Learn
August 26, 2020


Women in Environmental & Energy Law Webinar

Climbing the Mountain When You Are Afraid of Heights
August 27, 2020


16th General Counsel Institute
Nov 11-13, 2020



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