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Rekha Chiruvolu



As an experienced litigator now serving as Nixon Peabody’s firmwide Diversity & Inclusion Director, Rekha brings her career-spanning passion for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession to oversee the firm’s diversity initiatives. She develops trainings and other programming featuring inspiring thought leaders, and works with the firm’s practice groups and recruiting, professional development and business development teams to ensure that diversity and inclusion are woven into all aspects of the firm. Additionally, Rekha frequently assists firm clients with the development of their own diversity and inclusion programming, trainings and related initiatives.

Rekha is an attorney who practiced litigation for almost 10 years. During this time, she was very active in various minority bar associations, advocating for greater diversity and inclusion in the profession. Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, Rekha was the assistant director of the Office of Career Services at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. In that role she worked closely with employers and various bar associations to implement programming and initiatives for diverse law students and graduates.

Rekha is also active in various diversity-related bar organizations. She is an active member of the South Asian Bar Association of North America, and has served on its Executive Committee for a number of years.

What do you see on the horizon?

We’re seeing a shift from diversity being the “right thing to do” to it being the “smart thing to do.” Studies show that diverse teams come up with better solutions to problems and are more innovative and creative. As a firm that prides itself on being forward-focused and sensing ahead, diversity and inclusion are key characteristics of the Nixon Peabody brand. We know that businesses that embrace diversity and practice inclusion will be better positioned to attract and retain talent and as a result will provide better overall services to their customers. Through its commitment to diversity and inclusion, Nixon Peabody is applying the collective intelligence of our many perspectives to create a more inclusive workplace and better serve our clients.

What do you focus on?

  • Diversity-related trainings and workshops
  • Unconscious bias awareness
  • Resource group strategic planning
  • Professional development for diverse attorneys
  • Inclusion-focused initiatives
  • Mentorship for diverse attorneys
  • Collaboration with clients on diversity-related programming

Presentations

  • “Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the #MeToo Era,” State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting & Conference 2019, Green Bay, Wisconsin, June 2019
  • “Checking in: Are we Gaining Ground with Diversity and Inclusion or Just Talking About It?,” Mount Saint Mary’s Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™, Los Angeles, CA, March 2019
  • “Fostering Greater Inclusion in the #MeToo Era,” Nixon Peabody MCLE Marathon, Los Angeles, January 2019
  • “Power Up Your Diversity and Inclusion Committee: Best Practices and Innovative Approaches for Maximum Impact,” California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP), San Francisco, CA, October 2018
  • "#MeToo" CLE, Albany County Bar Association, Albany, NY, September 2018
  • "The Legal and Ethical Imperative for Pay Parity in Law Firms," First Chair Awards, Chicago, IL, August 2018
  • “Fostering Greater Inclusion in the #MeToo Era,” South Asian Bar Association (SABA) Annual Convention, New York City, June 2018
  • “Affinity Groups & Mentoring Initiatives: Balancing the Need to Belong with the Need to Grow,” Legal Diversity & Talent Management Forum, February 2018
  • “Inclusion in the #MeToo era,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2018
  • “Diversity is smart business,” Nixon Peabody Annual MCLE Seminar, San Francisco, January 2017

Buffalo’s law firms aim to make inclusion commonplace

Buffalo Business Journal | May 17, 2019

Director of Diversity and Inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu talks about Nixon Peabody’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, and the effort to integrate principles of inclusion into every aspect of the firm.

Effort to boost diversity in leadership touts top law firms

Law360 | August 19, 2018

Director of Diversity & Inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu is quoted in this story discussing Nixon Peabody’s commitment to increasing diversity in its leadership and partnership ranks—an effort that culminated in a Mansfield Certification Plus designation from Diversity Lab.

Managing a multigenerational law firm

Practical Law | July 31, 2018

Director of Diversity & Inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu is quoted in this article for her view on how law firms can successfully support a multigenerational workforce, which is another aspect of ongoing conversations about diversity.

An APP-etite for Feedback

Medium.com | June 04, 2018

Director of Diversity and Inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu wrote this contributed article about Nixon Peabody’s instant feedback tool for associates, called Here and Now: Real-Time Feedback.

Law firms lead the pack for LGBTQ corporate equality

Law360 | November 09, 2017

Manager of Diversity & Inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu is quoted in this article about the most recent edition of the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which highlights Nixon Peabody among the law firms receiving a perfect score of 100 and earing recognition as a “Best Place to work for LGBTQ Equality.”

3 law firms with their own riff on the Mansfield Rule

Law360 | October 27, 2017

This article about law firm’s efforts to improve diversity through variations of the Mansfield Rule quotes diversity and inclusion manager Rekha Chiruvolu on Nixon Peabody’s recruiting initiative that requires at least 20 percent of all lateral candidates to be diverse.

Preventative discrimination training should be ongoing

Rochester Business Journal | October 19, 2017

Rochester labor and employment partner Stephanie Caffera and manager of diversity and inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu were quoted in this special report regarding why employers should provide preventative discrimination training in the workplace.

Chicago firms, legal field rank high in LGBT study

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | December 08, 2016

Manager of diversity & inclusion Rekha Chiruvolu is quoted in this article which mentions Nixon Peabody’s 11th consecutive year of receiving a perfect rating in the Human Rights Campaign’s 15th annual Corporate Equality Index.

Contact

Rekha Chiruvolu

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6178


Fax: 213-629-6001

Rutgers School of Law, J.D.

New York University, B.A.

California

New York

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