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NAWJ Builds on #WeToo In the Legal Workplace

Underscored by recent research from the ABA’s Commission of Women, which highlighted the need to address workplace-related sexual harassment, the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) received a grant from SJI in develop and deliver educational programming for the legal community.

NAWJ’s #WeToo in the Legal Workplace program provides content specifically for judges and other legal professionals on sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace.  Among NAWJ’s education strategies, the program convenes state legislators and legislative women’s caucus leaders with lawyers who have expertise in employment law and the workplace. Legislators shared and updated participants on ‘landmark’ legislation, as well as the status of any recent efforts to curb sexual harassment in the legislature and in the courts.

Earlier this year, NAWJ released a report, on these activities, and future programming is planned. Additionally, the ABA Commission’s Women in the Profession has adapted the research that informed the #WeToo in the Legal Workplace program to include Zero Tolerance: Best Practices for Combating Sex- Based Harassment in the Legal Profession, which builds on work and introduces new information to the next generation. The Zero Tolerance Program educates women lawyers and firms alike on the signs and symptoms of an unhealthy work environment, and the best practices to correct it. Download the toolkit for offline use here.