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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

    How to address inappropriate behavior without making enemies at the officeFran Hauser writes, “Like most women, I’ve faced a handful of occasions throughout my career when men have made sexist or rude comments to me. These situations are always difficult, and it can be incredibly challenging to speak up in a way that feels authentic when you’re caught off-guard by a remar
    This is the woman president Trump wants to be the first female African-American marine generalFlora Carr writes, “President Donald Trump has nominated the first African-American woman for promotion to general in the U.S. Marine Corps.Col. Lorna M. Mahlock will be promoted to the rank of brigadier general, if confirmed, the U.S. Department of Defense announced on Tuesday. Mahlock is current
    "The women are still standing": Morning TV's new female ruling class Gets candid on a "Seismic" harassment purgespeak up in a way that feels authentic when you’re caught off-guard by a remark that makes you feel deeply uncomfortable.Early in my career, I was working on a high-profile project for my company. It was late at night, we were hours away from relaunching a high-profile website, and the stress was
    Wilson Sonsini partner talks about other Kozinski clerks 'Waiting, dying' to testify in aborted investigationRoss Todd writes, “Wisconsin’s enactment of a groundbreaking law requiring disclosure of litigation funding agreements in state court was a policy win for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a vocal critic of the practice. But the law also came together amid a unique set of circumstances on the ground in
    Here's how much less women and black doctors make than their white male colleaguesSy Mukherjee writes, “The gender and racial pay gap extends into pretty much every industry, including high-skill, high-stress fields like medicine. In fact, white or male doctors make tens of thousands of dollars—and even up to $100,000—more, on, average than women or minority physicians, according
    America’s boards are still afraid of #MeTooJeff Green writes, “The #MeToo movement is more like the #NotYet movement in many of America’s board rooms.Most companies still aren’t discussing sexual harassment at the board level because many directors don’t consider it a problem at their company. Women directors continue to cite this reluctan

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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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    NAWL welcomes the individual attorneys, including private practice, corporate, academic, government and non-profit attorneys, and groups, including law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations.

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