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Nutter Commits to Mansfield Rule 5.0 Efforts to Increase Diversity in Firm Leadership

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Nutter announced that it is participating in the Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certification Process, as part of the firm’s commitment to consider a broad and diverse pool of candidates for significant leadership roles.

“The principles of the Mansfield Rule align with Nutter’s core values of advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in our firm and throughout the legal profession,” said Kristin Leary, Chief Talent and Equity Officer at Nutter. “The Mansfield Rule provides a framework for focusing our efforts and measuring progress, and we are proud to partner with the Diversity Lab to affirm our commitment to increasing opportunities for lawyers from traditionally underrepresented groups.”

Participation in the Mansfield Rule initiative includes a commitment by Nutter to consider at least 30 percent women, attorneys of color, LGBTQ+ and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions. New for Mansfield 5.0, law firms will track their candidate pools in a disaggregated manner, and are asked to consider at least 30 percent underrepresented lawyers for nominations to Chambers USA, and 30 percent underrepresented individuals when hiring and promoting senior-level professional staff roles. To be designated a certified Mansfield Rule law firm, Nutter must meet certain measurable objectives over the next year.

In 2020, Nutter achieved Mansfield 3.0 Certification status after completing the year-long certification program. The current Mansfield 4.0 Certification process will conclude this summer.

Nutter’s diversity efforts are led by its Chief Talent and Equity Officer Kristin Leary and its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, which is co-chaired by Partners Julia Satti Cosentino and Ian Roffman, and comprised of members of the firm’s Executive, Legal Personnel, and Hiring Committees. The EDI Committee establishes firm-wide strategy related to equity, diversity, and inclusion and directs the work of numerous subcommittees that create and implement initiatives promoting an inclusive firm culture. Members of these subcommittees include partners, associates, and staff.

The Mansfield Rule was one of the winning ideas from the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon, hosted by Diversity Lab in collaboration with Bloomberg Law and Stanford Law School. It is named after Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to the practice of law in the United States.

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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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