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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 Shares Testimony in The New York City Commission on Human Rights Public Hearing on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    NAWL submitted written testimony to the hearing, which took place on Wednesday, December 6, and focused on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace in New York City and how the local government can best address the issue.

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    2017 Survey on Promotion and Retention of Women in Law Firms


    Each year, the goal of the NAWL Survey has been to provide objective statistics regarding the position and advancement of women lawyers in law firms in particular, and the NAWL Survey remains the only national survey that collects this industry benchmarking data in such detail. The 2017 NAWL Survey marks 10 years of tracking data on the career progression and compensation of women among the top 200 U.S. law firms.  

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    NAWL Joins Statement Denouncing the Decision to Halt Service of Transgender Troops in the U.S. Armed Services

    Joining with other diversity bar associations, NAWL unequivocally and without reserve denounces the current administration's recent decision to halt the service of transgender troops in the U.S. armed forces.

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    President's Message

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    Angela Beranek Brandt
    NAWL President

    Spring 2018

    Opportunities Abound

    Recently I came across an old NAWL folder that had been tucked into some hanging files in my office credenza. It held information relating to the very first NAWL event I was in charge of planning – the Minnesota Backpack to Briefcase event in 2007. For more than a decade and for over half my legal career, I have been very actively engaged in NAWL. As long as I have been involved, NAWL has strived to provide support and opportunities for women at every stage of their career. That has certainly been true for me. As my experiences in both NAWL and in the profession have changed, so have the opportunities that were available to me. NAWL provides opportunities for all if its members to network and grow; opportunities for leadership development; and opportunities to give back.

    Opportunities to grow.  No matter the stage of your career, there are ample opportunities to grow through NAWL. For more junior lawyers, this can mean finding other women outside of your school or employment setting who are going through or have gone through similar experiences early in their careers. It can also mean expanding your network to include i…

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    Harvard rated Asian-American applicants lower on personality traits, suit saysAnemona Hartocollis writes, "Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower than others on traits like “positive personality,” likability, courage, kindness and being “widely respected,” according to an analysis of more than 160,000 student records filed Friday by a group representing As
    A landmark study confirms the existence of a “gay glass ceiling”Lila MacLellan writes, "Women’s rights and gender parity have dominated the public conversation about equality in the workplace in recent months, but a new study is a powerful reminder that the discussion needs to broaden.An analysis of data from UK households confirmed a suspicion long held by ga
    Wall Street wants more female traders, but old perceptions die hardAnna Irrera writes, “I was never interested in a career in trading at a bank because I didn’t know it was an option,” Karani said.A decade later, Karani is a director at Barclays PLC (BARC.L) in New York where she trades healthcare derivatives and helps the bank’s effort to attract more women to t
    Resources for supporting transgender employeesRachel Murray writes, “In honor of Pride Month, we’re including some of our favorite resources specifically dedicated to supporting transgender employees. These companies and organizations have done an incredible job of creating buckets of resources, from glossaries to templates, and lists upon list
    It’s a really big deal that SF elected London Breed as mayorHeather Knight writes, “For a week, San Francisco political insiders huddled every afternoon in the bland basement of City Hall to get the latest vote counts in the mayor’s race, crunch data and make colorful precinct maps showing who was winning where.He’s up! She’s up! She’s up by more! Check ou
    Where boys outperform girls in math: rich, white and suburban districtsClaire Cain Miller and Kevin Quealy writes, “In much of the country, the stereotype that boys do better than girls at math isn’t true – on average, they perform about the same, at least through eighth grade. But there’s a notable exception.In school districts that are mostly rich, white and suburb

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