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MWL Pay Equity Initiative

MWL’s Pay Equity Initiative is a sub-committee of the Equity Committee whose mission is to promote and advocate for equal pay for women and diverse/underrepresented attorneys across the legal profession. This includes pay equity for similarly situated positions, as well as the promotion of women and diverse/underrepresented attorneys to higher levels of leadership and responsibility within their organizations.


To further its goals, the Pay Equity Initiative encompasses three main areas of focus:

  • Education: Engaging in opportunities to join the discourse surrounding the gender pay gap in the legal profession.

  • Communications: Amplifying pay equity as a critical issue for the advancement of women attorneys through ongoing communication efforts across the legal community.

  • Resources: Developing of a cache of resources to help educate and offer "best practices" to the Minnesota legal community on issues of pay equity.

Details related to recent and upcoming activities are highlighted below.




MWL MEMEBER MONDAY: October 19, 2020

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The MWL Pay Equity Initiative will soon launch a "Conversation Series" to raise awareness and spur action on a variety of pay equity topics. The format of each conversation will be tailored to the specific topic with a focus on participation, interaction, and engagement.  More details to come! 


"In the News" and Communications

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A list of resources and best practices are currently being developed, to be posted here. Check back soon for updates. Topic areas will include the following:

  • Gender Pay Gap Background (includes a subsection on the Caregiver Penalty)
  • Tips for Salary Negotiation
  • Pay Gap Myths
  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Mentorship Resources
  • Bias Resources
  • Podcasts
  • Webinars/Videos
  • Studies and Surveys

For More Information

Check this webpage for updates related to the Pay Equity Initiative, ongoing actions, and additional resources.  If you have a resource to share, please forward to MWL Pay Equity Initiative Chair Kelly Clark at  


MWL recognizes that this Initiative will best find success if it represents the whole of our legal community. As stated in the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion StatementMWL believes that bringing diverse individuals together allows us to collectively and more effectively develop ideas, respond to the needs of our membership, and address issues within our legal community.”  To that end, MWL invites and welcomes attorneys who represent the diversity of the profession to join us in this critical work.  


For more information or to get involved, contact MWL Pay Equity Initiative Chair Kelly Clark at





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