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Important Dates and Information

The NAWL Survey will be distributed to the AmLaw 200 Firms Monday, February 3rd, 2020 with a deadline of May 1st, 2020. The NAWL Survey has proven to be not only an important source of information about the state of women in law firms but also an important tool for law firms to benchmark their own success and learn what policies lead to real change. The majority of the nation’s largest firms have participated in previous NAWL surveys and we hope that your firm will participate this year. Talk to your firm about participating in the 2020 NAWL Survey! 

Thank You to Our Survey Committee

Elizabeth Banzhoff
Perkins Coie LLP
Denver, CO
Chair

Destiny Peery
Diversity & Research Consulting
Chicago, IL
Researcher

Kristin L. Bauer
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Dallas, TX
Board Liaison

Andie Kramer
McDermott Will & Emery
Chicago, IL

Karen Richardson
NAWL
Chicago, IL

DeAnna Allen
Cooley
Washington, D.C.

Isabell Retamoza
NAWL
Chicago, IL

Paula Hinton
Winston & Strawn
Houston, TX

Leslie Richards-Yellen
Hogan Lovells
New York, NY

Tara Nunez Smith
Walmart
New Orleans, LA

Su Suh
Intel
Portland,OR

 


2019 Survey Report

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Report of the 2019 NAWL
Survey on Promotion and Retention of
Women in Law Firms
Executive Summary>>
Survey Report (PDF)

CONCLUSION

The progress women have made in law firms over the last decade has been slow and incremental at best, and law firms continue to face challenges supporting and promoting women and diverse attorneys. Despite universal adoption of women’s initiatives, a ramping up of diversity initiatives, and increased awareness of the challenges women face in the law firm, there have been only small increases in overall representation of women and diverse attorneys, particularly at the more senior, higher-status positions in the law firm. As firms confront this reality, more interrogation of the processes and decision points that affect women’s advancement is needed in order to identify where and why women’s progress stalls during their careers. In addition, firms need to move away from current practices toward best practices in bias-reduction in order to fully address the challenges women continue to face.

FAQS

What makes the NAWL Survey different?

The NAWL Survey is the only national survey that collects important industry benchmarking data on the career progression and compensation of women in law firms.  NAWL’s annual Report on the Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms , which incorporates the survey results, has been cited in publications such as The New York Times, American Lawyer, Bloomberg, Crain’s, Law 360, The Washington Post, and many others.  

Past Annual Reports featured in:


The New York Times

The American Lawyer

Bloomberg
CRAIN'S Law 360 The Washington Post

Why should we participate in the survey?

The NAWL Survey has proven to be not only an important source of information about the state of women in law firms, but also an important tool for law firms to benchmark their own success and learn what policies lead to real change. Your participation will increase both the usefulness of the aggregate data collected and the value of the survey as a resource for law firms and the profession as a whole. In addition, because the survey questions track emerging thought leadership, the process of completing the survey exposes participating firms to new diversity and inclusion practices and trends that are developing among AmLaw 200 firms and the broader industry.    

What will be involved in participating in this survey?

As part of the survey, you will be asked to complete questions about your law firm’s demographics at various levels, with an emphasis on the distribution of men and women, as well as the programming directed at women lawyers, hours, and compensation. Some of these questions may require some research, but we’ve tried to make the questions as efficient to answer as possible. Please note: no identifying information is collected about any individuals in your law firm.

What about confidentiality and anonymity of the data?

All participation is voluntary, and you may skip individual questions, although we hope that you will complete the entire survey. Your firm name is the only identifying information submitted as part of the survey and it is kept strictly confidential. Only limited members of the NAWL staff responsible for survey distribution will know if your firm has completed the survey or not, and this is only so that we can follow-up during the survey distribution process with firms in various stages of completion. The survey administrator responsible for viewing and analyzing the data will not know which firms the data came from, and all results are reported in anonymous aggregates that do not allow for tracing any information back to a particular firm.

Past Surveys

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Report of the 2018 NAWL
Survey on Promotion and Retention of 
Women in Law Firms

Survey Report (PDF)

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Report of the 2017 NAWL
Survey on Promotion and Retention of 
Women in Law Firms

Survey Report (PDF)

 

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Report of the 2015 NAWL
Survey on Promotion and Retention of
Women in Law Firms

Executive Summary>>
Press Release (PDF)
Survey Report (PDF)

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Report of the 2014 NAWL
 Survey on Promotion and Retention of
Women in Law Firms

Press Release (PDF)
Survey Report (PDF)

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Report of a National
Survey of Women's Initiatives:
The Strategy, Structure and Scope of
Women's Initiatives in Law Firms

Press Release (PDF)
Survey Report (PDF)

 

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Report of the 2012 NAWL
 Survey on Promotion and Retention of
Women in Law Firms

Press Release (PDF)
Survey Report (PDF)

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Report of the Sixth Annual
NAWL National Survey on
Retention and Promotion of
Women in Law Firms

Press Release (PDF)
Survey Report (PDF)

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Report of the Fifth Annual
NAWL National Survey on
Retention and Promotion of
Women in Law Firms

Press Release (PDF)
Survey Report (PDF)

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Report of the Fourth Annual
NAWL National Survey on
Retention and Promotion of
Women in Law Firms

Press Release (PDF)
Survey Report (PDF)

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Report of the Third Annual
NAWL National Survey on
Retention and Promotion of
Women in Law Firms

Press Release (PDF)
Survey Report (PDF)

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Report of the Second Annual
NAWL National Survey on
Retention and Promotion of
Women in Law Firms

Press Release (PDF)
Survey Report (PDF)

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Report of the First Annual
NAWL National Survey on
Retention and Promotion of
Women in Law Firms

Press Release (PDF)
Survey Report (PDF)