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Nutter Chair Deborah J. Manus Elected President of the Boston Bar Association

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Nutter Chair Deborah J. Manus has been elected president of the Boston Bar Association (BBA). She previously served as president-elect of the BBA. Manus leads the BBA during a period of great change, as the profession grapples with the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on law firms, courts, legal aid organizations, and individual lawyers. 

Manus serves as chair of Nutter and is a partner in the firm’s Private Client Department. Manus was Nutter’s managing partner for eight years, before stepping down in 2019. She has also been a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, chaired the committee responsible for the professional development and advancement of the firm’s associates, and served as the firm’s hiring partner. She is a principal of Nutter Investment Advisors and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. 

As president of the BBA, Manus will guide the organization and its members through COVID-19’s continuing impact on the workplace and legal profession.

“From remote hearings to fully remote workforces, the past 18 months have been transformational for the workplace and the legal profession as a whole,” said Manus. “The BBA will work to address the changing needs of our members, with a particular focus on how changes to the profession stemming from the pandemic will impact our mission.” 

Under Manus’s leadership, the BBA will also continue its critical focus on the training and development of the next generation of lawyers, and on promoting policies aimed at improving diversity within the profession. Manus is also a trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the BBA, which makes grants supporting programs aligned with the BBA’s mission.

“Through its granting, the Boston Bar Foundation supports organizations providing legal assistance on essential matters–such as housing, domestic violence, and immigration–often to clients from underserved communities. As BBA president, I will look for opportunities to foster increased collaboration between the BBA and BBF to advance the organizations’ shared missions and goals,” Manus added.  

In addition to the BBA and BBF, Manus is currently on the board of the Nantucket Atheneum, which is the island’s public library providing programming and services to an increasingly diverse community. She is also a past president and board member of the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, an organization devoted to environmental education. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Cornell Law School and her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Bates College.

About Nutter
Nutter is a 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 business and finance, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and land use, labor and employment, tax, and trusts and estates practices are national in scope. The firm was co-founded in 1879 by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, before his appointment to the Court. For more information, please visit and follow the firm on LinkedIn.

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