Blank Rome Names Diversity Officer

Blank Rome has named Cincinnati partner, former Judge Nathaniel R. Jones, as its first chief diversity and inclusion officer.

This appointment follows a trend in many local firms to install a head of diversity initiatives.

The diversity committee of Blank Rome made the suggestion that the firm create such a position.

As chief diversity officer, Jones will lead and manage all aspects of Blank Rome’s diversity program, including the implementation and execution of the firm’s diversity plan, coordination of diversity activities and events, integration of diversity into the firm’s business plan, and communication on diversity both internally and externally. In addition, Jones will identify and implement best practices in the area of recruitment and training of a diverse workforce and maintenance of an environment of inclusion.

At Blank Rome, Jones concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution. Prior to joining the firm, Jones served as a judge on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati from 1979 to 2002. He has served as chairman of the American Bar Association’s council on racial and ethnic justice, and he has worked with Blank Rome’s diversity committee since joining the firm.

— Gina Passarella, Staff Reporter

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