Kutak Rock Receives 2021 Invested in Diversity Award from US Bank

OMAHA, Neb., December 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Kutak Rock has received the 2021 Invested in Diversity Award from the US Bank Law Division. The firm is the third recipient of the annual award, which recognizes one of the Legal Division’s favorite law firms for promoting diversity in the legal profession.

“Kutak Rock is an important partner in American banking that shares our values ​​and actively works to advance equity and inclusion,” said Jim Chossy, senior vice president and general counsel of US Bank. “She is not only committed to diversity within her own firm, but plays a leadership role in the legal field and with her clients.

Kutak Rock’s relationship with US Bank spans a variety of areas, but the bulk of his work supports the US Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC), the bank’s community investment and tax credit division. Committed to more equitable development that increases the capital of historically underserved communities, several years ago the USBCDC began inviting its partners to participate in the anti-bias and anti-racism seminars it organizes through Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training. Everyone gains a common understanding of the impacts of racial inequality and learns how to work better toward change.

Inspired by this experience and eager to do more, Kutak Rock worked with Crossroads Antiracism and attorneys from the US Bank’s Legal Division to develop a one-day program specifically for members of major law firms and corporations. legal services. So far, his Large Legal Anti-Bias, Anti-Racism seminar has been delivered six times last year to more than 125 members of the U.S. Banking Law Division and Kutak Rock, with plans for more to come. to come.

“The Kutak Rock attorneys who participated have taken this opportunity and developed it within their own firms. This represents a deep and sustained commitment to advancing equity and anti-racism within the legal profession,” Chosy said. He also cited Kutak Rock’s successive three-year DEI strategic plans, percentage of female partners, and year-over-year growth in the number of diverse partners as reasons for choosing Kutak Rock for this year’s honor.

“Kutak Rock’s dedication to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal field began more than 55 years ago, and we are honored to have been with US Bank on this journey,” said Jill Goldstein, partner of Kutak Rock. “We both recognize the urgent need to continue moving towards fairness in law and business. The development of the Large Legal Anti-Bias, Anti-Racism Seminars is a further step in this direction. We are grateful to American Banking Law Division for this award and for being a partner in our common goal.”

“We are committed to investing, lending and influencing capital in ways that advance economic opportunity for all and close the racial wealth gap, but we know we cannot do it alone,” said Zack Boyer, CEO of USBCDC. “Our partners at Kutak Rock have not only joined us on this journey, but they are doing their own work and applying what they have learned in their own industry. This is a great example of how together we can bring Changes.”

The award, which will be presented to Kutak Rock later this month, has a special meaning of its own. It is designed by Minnesota artist Kimber Fiebigerwho specializes in bronze sculpture, and he stands for unity and the fight against inequality, depicting the Little Rock Nine – a group of black students who challenged public school segregation in 1957, an event that played a important role in the civil rights movement.

About Kutak Rock LLP
With more than 500 attorneys in 19 locations across the United States, Kutak Rock represents clients in business and corporate, public finance, litigation, and real estate law. For more information, see www.KutakRock.com.

About U.S. Bancorp
US Bancorp, with nearly 70,000 employees and $567 billion in assets as of September 30, 2021, is the parent company of the US Bank National Association. The Minneapolis-based company serves millions of customers locally, nationally and globally through a diverse array of businesses: personal and business banking; payment services; Business and corporate banking services; and wealth management and investment services. The company has been recognized for its approach to digital innovation, social responsibility and customer service, including being named one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies. Read more about usbank.com/about.


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