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Now more than ever, it is critical to protect the rights of all under the law. Per a 2018 U.S. Census report, there are over 400,000 women lawyers in the United States. As the country’s first women’s bar association, we want to grow our numbers in an effort to unite those with the power to elicit change. A continued focus on enrolling new members will lead to greater overall connectivity with our members and stronger influence in advocating for justice for all under the law. Encourage others to bring their strengths to the team. This fall, join the #CallToGrowNAWL.

September 1 - October 14, 2022

During these six weeks, we encourage all our members to recruit your colleagues, classmates, mentors, students, and friends in the legal profession to join NAWL. Each week, we will track who is referring the most new members and highlight our progress on social media. At the end of the Drive, the three people who recruited the most new members will earn a prize, including a free ticket to NAWL's 18th General Counsel Institute where they will be celebrated, and promotion of the winners and their companies on NAWL's marketing platforms.

Download our 2022 Membership Drive flyer>

How to Participate

Tell everyone you know about NAWL! Encourage your contacts in the legal profession, including law students, to join at this link. Tell them that information about membership levels and benefits can be found on our website or on our Member Benefits Flyer. We've even crafted an email template to use as an added punch for your membership pitch!

Be sure your recruits mention your name! In order to get credit for referring a new member, they must include your name in the "Referred By" field on the membership registration form. 

Follow NAWL on social media! (LinkedInFacebookTwitter, and Instagram). Like and share our posts, and engage with our Social Media Guide. We'll be keeping track of the leaders during the Membership Drive and posting updates. The three winners will be announced at the end of the Drive and celebrated at our 18th General Counsel Institute.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to let NAWL know when I refer a new member?

No, we'll do the work for you! We will keep count of the number of new members who list you as the one who referred them.

What if one of my recruits forgot to include me on their member registration form in the "Referred By" field?

Email us at with your name and the name of the new member. We'll make sure you get credit!

How do I know how many new members I've referred?

We'll announce the leaders on social media and in our newsletter weekly during the drive. If your name is not on this list, keep recruiting! You can also email us at to check your count.

Does it matter which membership type the new members choose?

We want new members of all membership types! A new member registering for any membership type will count.

How can I tell other members about the Drive to encourage them to recruit new members too?

Send them our Membership Drive Flyer, and share your excitement about the rewards for our three winners!

What are the rewards?

The three NAWL members who recruit the most new members will be celebrated in NAWL marketing along with their company, and they will receive a free ticket to the 18th General Counsel Institute (GCI18) in New York, NY on November 9 - 11, 2022, where they will be recognized.

What if I win and can't attend NAWL's 18th General Counsel Institute in New York, NY on Nov. 9 - 11, 2022?

Don't stress! You'll still be able participate in our winners' video to be presented at the conference, and we will transfer your free ticket to a 2023 NAWL conference.

What if I win and had already purchased my ticket to NAWL's 18th General Counsel Institute?

We will refund your ticket if you win and had already purchased one.

My firm/corporation is a NAWL Sustaining Sponsor. Are all the attorneys in my firm/corporation already NAWL members?

No, attorneys with NAWL Sustaining Sponsors receive free memberships through the sponsorship, but each attorney must register to activate their membership. Be sure to choose "Attorney with NAWL Sustaining Sponsor" as your membership type when you use the link to join.

How long is a NAWL membership valid?

NAWL's association year runs from August 1 to July 31. New members who join during the drive will have valid memberships through July 31, 2023.

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