Boston, MA. Boston University School of Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) has recognized Nixon Peabody as its 2018 Law Firm of the Year recognizing the firm’s “exceptional commitment to increasing diversity.”
Nixon Peabody CEO and Managing Partner Andrew Glincher accepted the award Saturday night, when the student association noted Nixon Peabody’s “commitment…to support and cultivate the next generation of diverse attorneys” through Nixon Peabody’s Diverse Scholars Boot Camp and Diverse Scholars internship program.
“Each of us has a role in promoting diversity and inclusion. We need all perspectives and voices engaged in addressing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession,” said Andrew Glincher, CEO and managing partner of Nixon Peabody. “Diversity makes us a better organization and having a variety of perspectives across our firm enables us to create even more innovation for our clients.”
Nixon Peabody’s Diverse Scholar Boot Camp provides law students from diverse backgrounds with practical, hands-on guidance from partners and associates from a broad range of backgrounds and experience, offering students a glimpse into private law firm practice. The program includes interactive activities, networking opportunities and panel and group discussions addressing challenges new associates may encounter in a law firm or an in-house legal environment.
“Our Diverse Scholar Boot Camp is a great way for our attorneys to provide law students from diverse backgrounds with a peek into what life in private law is like,” said Rekha Chiruvolu, Nixon Peabody’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion. “It allows us to connect with law students, such as those at Boston University School of Law, in a new way beyond traditional recruiting programs.”
In addition to the boot camp program, Nixon Peabody has created the Scholars Program, a paid internship for second- and third-year law students from diverse backgrounds designed to provide them with substantive experience at an AmLaw 100 law firm. The firm kicked off the internship program last year in Nixon Peabody’s DC office, recruiting a student from Howard University School of Law. Nixon Peabody has since expanded the program to its Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.
“Our Scholars Program provides us with an alternative recruiting path and gives students valuable experience working with a broad range of law practices,” Rekha said. “It also ensures we continue to have a pipeline for diverse talent in the future.”