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Nutter Partner William F. Kennedy Receives Catholic Charities Justice and Compassion Award

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William F. Kennedy, a partner at Nutter, received the Catholic Charities 2017 Justice and Compassion Award for his inspirational leadership and solidarity with the most at-risk and underserved members of the Greater Boston community. He was honored at yesterday’s Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston Spring Celebration at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum before an audience of over 500 people, including Cardinal O’Malley, Governor Baker, Senator Paul Kirk, and Deb Rambo, president of Catholic Charities.

“I am truly honored and humbled to receive the Justice and Compassion Award from Catholic Charities, which serves people in our community with compassion, respect, and dignity,” said Kennedy during his remarks. “I am grateful to my family, friends, and colleagues who have been so generous, kind, and supportive of me. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a friend to others in some way as others have been to me. At Nutter, I have great respect and admiration for my partners, associates, and staff who work so hard for clients and are committed to the community. The firm has been supportive of me and my practice. Nutter has a great culture where people are committed to one another and are encouraged to be engaged in our community. Nutter has a very active pro bono program providing legal services to those who need access to our legal system. The firm’s commitment to clients and community is unmatched.”

According to Catholic Charities, the award recognizes Kennedy’s extensive philanthropic contributions and social impact on the Greater Boston community, which he has worked tirelessly to serve for over 40 years. Currently, Kennedy is a trustee of Emmanuel College, the Project Bread, and Pope John Paul Academy. He is a member of the Mass Taxpayers Foundation, the Mass Business Roundtable, the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, and the New England Council. He is a former member of the New England Associations of Schools and Colleges Commission on Higher Education, the University of Massachusetts Building Authority, the University of Massachusetts board of trustees, and the Carney Hospital board of trustees. Kennedy has shared his knowledge and experience as a member of the adjunct faculty at Suffolk University School of Law, where he taught ethics, evidence, administrative law, and other topics, and was the creator of the Suffolk University Legal Assistance Bureau Housing Clinic.

Kennedy is a partner in the Business Department at Nutter. He chairs the firm’s Public Policy Group and is a member of the Public Finance group. His practice is concentrated on public law strategy, government relations, and administrative law. Kennedy represents many institutions and businesses before state and municipal agencies, departments, and commissions. He also represents many public entities and non-profit organizations.

Prior to joining Nutter, Kennedy served as chief of staff and chief legal counsel to the Speaker of the House and the House Ways and Means Committee and as an assistant clerk to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts for Suffolk County. He is a former member of the Judicial Nominating Committee and the former chair of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners.

A native of Dorchester, Kennedy earned his law degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross.

About Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston

For more than 110 years, Catholic Charities has continued its mission of building a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people. The agency provides nearly 100 programs and services throughout Eastern Massachusetts. These services respond to the needs of the poor and working poor, provide supportive services to children and families, and assist refugees and immigrants as they become active participants in their communities. Last year, Catholic Charities served more than 200,000 people in need, regardless of faith.

About Nutter

Nutter is a top-tier, Boston-based law firm that provides legal counsel to industry-leading companies, early stage entrepreneurs, institutions, foundations, and families, across the country and around the world. The firm’s lawyers are known for their client-centric approach and extensive experience in business and finance, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and land use, labor and employment, tax, and trusts and estates. Co-founded in 1879 by Louis D. Brandeis, who later became a renowned justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Nutter is dedicated to helping companies prosper in today’s fast-paced business environment. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter at @NutterLaw.

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