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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

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    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
    2017-2018

    Winter 2018

    The Top 3 Tips for the 2 Critical Things to Meet Your #1 Goal

    It seems every other article I see these days has a list of tips, directives, imperatives, or warnings that promise to make us more efficient, more detail oriented, happier, wealthier, harder working, healthier, more balanced, wildly successful, and at peace with ourselves.  I know what you are thinking:  you cannot possibly accomplish all of those things at once.  But I have the secret.  Read on and you shall see.

    Tip #1:  Stay out of the Gym  

    Early in the year, gyms are filled with all manner of people trying to get back in shape.  If you are lucky enough to find both a parking spot and an open elliptical machine, chances are the machine is the one that makes more noise than the brakes on the car I drove in high school.  Waiting around for an open piece of cardio equipment is an incredible waste of time.  Precious time you could be spending elsewhere.  And do not kid yourself; you will not make it there often enough to save money on your health insurance premium.  You may as well just …

    NAWL News

    Justices, divided, say employment contracts banning class actions are lawfulMarcia Coyle and Tony Mauro write, "Workplace employment agreements that ban class actions do not violate federal labor laws, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.The justices, in a 5-4 decision, sided with employers and the Trump administration’s Justice Department, which last June abandoned th
    Argentina Soccer Federation gave players advice on picking up Russian women ahead of World CupAaron Mansfield writes, “The governing body of Argentinian soccer, the Argentina Football Association, has come under scrutiny after it was reported that the AFA educated players on how to pick up Russian women. A manual that was distributed ahead of the World Cup, which will be held in Russia, incl
    Meet the women taking over for Eric SchneidermanKaitlin Menza writes, “The highest-ranking members of the New York attorney general’s office are laughing, hugging, and taking selfies, gathered for a photo shoot at Cosmopolitan.com's headquarters. They are jittery and tired after the week they’ve had.And what a week! At 6:47 p.m. on Monday, May
    How same-sex couples divide chores, and what it reveals about modern parentingClaire Cain Miller writes, “When straight couples divide up the chores of daily life — who cooks dinner and who mows the lawn, who schedules the children’s activities and who takes out the trash — the duties are often determined by gender.Same-sex couples, research has consistently found, divide u
    Michigan State agrees to pay $500M to settle Nassar claimsFrom MSN: “LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims from more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history, officials announced Wednesday.The deal surpasses the $100 m
    Civil rights groups issue 10-point plan for anti-violence training, other reforms for Chicago policeRosemary Sobol writes, “A coalition of civil rights organizations suing the city of Chicago issued a 10-point plan Tuesday calling for changes to halt what it describes as the Chicago Police Department’s “ongoing pattern and practice of unchecked violence, racism and bias.’’The group, which includ

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    A 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 programing
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