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Nutter Achieves Mansfield 4.0 Certified Status

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Nutter announced today that it has achieved Mansfield 4.0 Certification status after completing the 12-month certification program. The designation recognizes law firms that have intentionally considered 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.

“Advancing equity and inclusion – both at Nutter and within the legal profession – has always been important to us as a firm. The benchmarks outlined by the Mansfield Rule provide thoughtful guidance for measuring and advancing our progress in these areas,” said Kristin Leary, Chief Talent and Equity Officer at Nutter. “We are honored to receive this designation, however we recognize that there is still work to do and our commitment to that work is unwavering.”

The Mansfield Rule certification also requires firms to be transparent in their internal governance, particularly as it relates to selection guidelines and job descriptions for existing management roles and committees. In 2020, Nutter achieved Mansfield 3.0 Certification status after completing the certification program. 

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 includes 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 originated in the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon, which was hosted by Diversity Lab in collaboration with Bloomberg Law and Stanford Law School. Named in honor of Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to the practice of law in the United States, the initiative aims to boost diversity in the leadership ranks within the legal profession.

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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