Nutter announces call for proposals for the 2015 Nutter Speaker Series for Diversity and Inclusion
Nutter is once again 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 student organizations, providing attorney and staff support as well as sponsorship grants, to plan and implement programs that are interesting and important to students and the local legal and business communities. The deadline for submitting a proposal application for the 2015 Nutter Speaker Series is Friday, January 16, 2015, with selected Nutter Speaker Series events occurring between March and May 2015. For more information and to access an application form, please click here.
2014 Nutter Speaker Series Event Highlights
Nutter was thrilled to sponsor the following events as part of the 2014 Nutter Speaker Series for Diversity and Inclusion:
February 6, 2014 – The Boston College Black Law Student Association celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by honoring the rich history of Massachusetts Black legal leaders. The event also highlighted the cultural differences of Black Americans and the diversity within the Black legal community by showcasing cuisine and cultural displays from different parts of the world.
February 18, 2014 – The Boston University School of Law Black Students Law Association organized the screening of Eugene Jurecki’s The House I Live in, followed by a panel discussion about the war on drugs and its legacy and impact on the police, black communities and the law featuring Kimá Taylor, Drug Addiction Treatment Program Director at Open Society Foundations, Peter Levitt, Chief of the Gang Strike Force Unit at the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Office and Major Neill Franklin (Ret), Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).
February 24, 2014 - Suffolk University Law School’s Women of Color Law Students Association developed the program "Reproductive Law & Policy: Connecting the Dots." The association invited Professor Nancy Ehrenreich of the University of Denver Sturm School of Law to discuss various laws and policies affecting women’s reproductive lives that support an entrenched caste system that penalizes and controls certain women (and not others) based on race and class status.
March 26, 2014 - Boston College’s Latin American Law Students Association hosted U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz who spoke about her path to becoming the first female Hispanic U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and the USAO’s commitment to implementing the DOJ’s “Smart on Crime” initiative. “Smart on Crime” emphasizes smarter approaches to federal prosecution while modernizing the criminal justice system.
“In differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress.”
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.