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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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    Stacy Brown-Philpot of TaskRabbit on being a black woman in Silicon Valley David Gelles writes, “Stacy Brown-Philpot didn’t grow up aspiring to be the chief executive of a technology company. Instead, she wanted to be an accountant.While interning at an accounting firm in the 1990s, Ms. Brown-Philpot — who was raised by her mother in Detroit — worked for a partner who ha
    Diversity takes center stage at 2018 Emmy nominationsAnita Bennet writes, “The 2018 Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning, and while Netflix garnered more nods than any other outlet with 112, diversity was the big winner among the acting talent.Sandra Oh, who plays a spy on the BBC America drama Killing Eve, made history as the first actr
    Ivanka Trump says she wants to "Go beyond parental leave"Natalie Gontcharova writes, “s Sen. Marco Rubio gets ready to introduce new paid family leave legislation, Ivanka Trump — who has fashioned herself into a champion of the cause — says her ideal plan is more ambitious than what Republicans have been discussing.In a nutshell, the Republicans have pu
    Milwaukee to pay $3.4 million over police stop-and-frisk policyIvan Moreno writes, “Milwaukee agreed Tuesday to pay $3.4 million to settle a lawsuit alleging its police department spent years targeting black and Latino residents without probable cause with its stop-and-frisk policy.The Milwaukee Common Council approved the settlement and Mayor Tom Barrett was
    Female GCs earn 78 cents on the dollar vs. male counterpartsFrom Association of Corporate Counsel: “WASHINGTON (July 10, 2018) — The compensation gap between men and women is significant at the highest levels of law department leadership, and smallest among entry-level in-house lawyers, the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global legal association r
    Most people are supportive of #MeToo. But will workplaces actually change? Candace Bertotti and David Maxfield write, “The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements continue to create a tidal wave of media activity and increased awareness of sexual harassment and misconduct. But have they created positive changes in workplaces? Are people seeing healthy and lasting improvements in the

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