“In differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress.”
-Louis BrandeisThe Nutter Speaker Series for Diversity and Inclusion
The Nutter Speaker Series for Diversity and Inclusion creates dialogue about diversity and inclusion issues in the Boston legal community and connects Nutter attorneys with talented and diverse law students. For the 2017 Speaker Series, Nutter is reaching out to law student leaders of affinity groups at all area law schools to propose innovative and thought-provoking events relating to diversity and inclusion topics. Nutter will select a number of proposals and work collaboratively with law student organizations to plan and implement these events by providing attorney and staff support, as well as sponsorship grants.
If you would like to participate in the program by working with an affinity group, attending an event, or referring a law student to the proposal application, please contact Alison Casey, Christina Dawson, Kaitlin Hoffmaster, or Ali Holdway at 617.439.2000 or at
2016 Nutter Speaker Series for Diversity and Inclusion Events:
Nutter partnered with five Boston-area law school affinity groups to sponsor six events during the Spring 2016 semester as part of the 2016 Nutter Speaker Series for Diversity and Inclusion.
February 1, 2016 – Boston University Latin American Law Student Association's “Marketing Yourself in the Legal Community: Networking 101”
February 16, 2016 – Boston College Black Law Students Association's "Black Excellence: A Celebration of Black History in Academia and the Legal Profession"
February 19, 2016 – Boston University Black Law Students Association's "Know Your Rights Training: The Myths and Truth of Police Encounters"
March 21, 2016 – Boston College Black Law Students Association and South Asian Law Students Association's “Culture Shock: Spectrums of Privilege”
March 29, 2016 – Suffolk University Law School Queer Law Alliance, Black Law Students Associations, President's Diversity Initiative and Dean of Students' “The Intersection of LGBTQ Policy and the Black Lives Matter Movement”
April 14, 2016 – Suffolk University Law School Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Veterans Association and Disability Law Advocates' “Agent Orange Panel Discussion”
To view a recap of the 2016 Nutter Speaker Series for Diversity and Inclusion, click here.
To view a recap of the 2015 Nutter Speaker Series for Diversity and Inclusion, click here.
At Nutter, we believe that “differentiation” -- what we call “diversity” -- fosters the highest quality legal service, the strongest client relationships, and the broadest community involvement. We strive, then, to ensure that traditionally underrepresented groups work at every level of the firm and to advance our position as a leader in the Boston-wide effort to build a legal community that reflects the wider communities we serve.
Making Diversity a Priority at Nutter
Nutter's efforts are led by its Diversity and Inclusion Committee -- composed of both current and former members of our Executive, Legal Personnel and Hiring Committees and associates. Recognizing that diversity enriches us as individuals and as a firm, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee is committed to:
Setting firm-wide expectations for an inclusive culture
Supporting recruitment and retention efforts that focus on traditionally underrepresented groups
Learning from and applying best practices of other institutions and industries
Measuring the firm’s successes and shortcomings, consistently assessing the Committee’s own impact
Challenging the status quo when necessary
Communicating the Committee’s mission, the action it requires, and the success it promises
Nutter’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Nutter’s commitment to diversity reaches from its top management to its roots. Our current activities continue Nutter’s 131-year history of commitment to recruiting and retaining talented and qualified people, regardless of race, gender, color, age, disability, religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, or marital or parental status.
Nutter recognizes that building a supportive, inclusive internal community where every person at the firm is given the opportunity to succeed is only the first step. Recent examples of Nutter supporting diversity and inclusion in the communities we serve include:
Hosting the Annual Joint Bar Diversity Event, co-sponsored by five of the city’s leading diversity focused bar associations (Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association and South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston)
Leading a class action in federal court seeking broad reform of the Massachusetts child welfare system on behalf of 8,500 abused and neglected children statewide
Sponsoring the GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) Annual Spirit of Justice Award Dinner
Participating in the New England LGBTQ Career Fair
Sponsoring the Lawyers for Transgender Rights Program
Building a team of over twenty staff and attorney volunteers who read with kindergarten and first grade students at the Mason Elementary School in Roxbury each week
Sponsoring the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston’s (SABA GB) award-winning Know Your Rights! Program and providing instruction to its participants. The Know Your Rights! Program seeks to educate South Asian community leaders on legal topics to allow them to pass on to members of their respective communities.
Hosting the SABA GB Work/Life Balance Event
Hosting the SABA GB Mentorship Kickoff Event
Sponsoring the SABA GB Annual Awards Dinner
Hosting and sponsoring of the Boston Lawyers Group’s (BLG) Student Affinity Leaders Forum
Sponsoring the Annual Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (MBLA) Gala
Sponsoring the Boston Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner
Hosting the Boston University School of Law’s Black Law Students Association (BU BLSA) for an mock interview and resume workshop
Attending and speaking at BU BLSA Alumni Weekend regarding the firm recruitment process and interviews
Attend the Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair
Sponsoring the Boston Bar Association’s (BBA) Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion
Hosting events and sponsoring the efforts of the Boston Debate League, which serves 20 Boston public middle and high schools while introducing over 600 students to debate though after-school and other youth development programs
Hosting the American Intellectual Property Law Association's (AIPLA) 6th Annual Women in IP Cross-Country Networking Session for Boston
Participating as a firm member of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
Sponsoring and participating in the Seaport Women’s Forum
Creating the Inaugural Nutter Speaker Series For Diversity and Inclusion, through which Nutter will select and sponsor up to three student-organized events in conjunction with local law schools relating to diversity and inclusion topics that interest the diverse student community and may have broad appeal throughout our local legal and business communities.