“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 received multiple applications from affinity groups at area law schools with proposals for innovative and thought-provoking events relating to diversity and inclusion topics. Nutter is pleased to be partnering with the following Boston-area law school affinity groups to present the events described below for the 2017 Nutter Speaker Series for Diversity and Inclusion.
2017 Nutter Speaker Series for Diversity and Inclusion Events:
January 27, 2017 – Boston College Law School's Asian Pacific American Law Students Association's (APALSA) “Fred Korematsu Day”
February 16, 2017 – New England School of Law's Black Law Student Association's (BLSA) "'Passing the Torch': A Panel Discussion with Minority Leaders in Boston's Legal Community"
February/March, 2017 – Boston College Law School's South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) & All Boston University School of Law Affinity Groups' "Diversity Recruiting & Career Panel"
March 13, 2017 – Boston College Law School's Black Law Students Association's (BLSA) "Judge Kennedy Desmond Talk"
March, 2017– Suffolk University Law School's Asian Pacific American Law Students Association's (APALSA) "Diverse Attorney Panel Discussion and Q&A with Interactive Component"
Please click the following link(s) for a recap of past Diversity and Inclusion events:
2016 Speaker Series
2015 Speaker Series
2014 Speaker Series
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 over 135-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
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
Attending and speaking at BU BLSA Alumni Weekend regarding the firm recruitment process and interviews
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
Continuing the Nutter Speaker Series for Diversity and Inclusion, which connects Nutter attorneys with talented and diverse Boston-area law students to create innovative and thought-provoking events in the Boston legal community around issues of diversity and inclusion.