We are proud to announce that our firm has achieved Mansfield Certification Plus!
The Mansfield Certification, facilitated by Diversity Lab, recognizes the actions we have taken over 18-months to diversify leadership in our firm by an increased focus on broadening the slate of talent considered for internal leadership roles and increasing transparency with written and accessible advancement processes and role descriptions. Our Certification “Plus” status indicates that, in addition to successfully meeting the consideration and transparency requirements, our firm has achieved 30% representation of historically underrepresented lawyers in current leadership roles and pathway activities.
Why This Matters
The goal of Mansfield is to increase and sustain diversity in law firm leadership through a science-driven method that embeds accountability, transparency, and knowledge sharing into our firm practices. We know that with diverse leadership comes more inclusive and equitable decisions that reflect the needs of our diverse workforce for the benefit of our talent and clients.
What We Do in Practice
What does this mean in practice at our firm? Whenever our leaders make a decision about who to appoint or elect to firm leadership roles, we proactively consider a broad slate of talent including lawyers who are historically underrepresented in law. The same inclusive decision making takes place when we build client pitch teams and nominate lawyers for industry awards. And, as part of Mansfield, we also work hard to ensure that our processes for advancement and the job expectations/qualifications for leaders at the firm are transparent.
The Mansfield framework helps us approach succession planning for the next generation of leaders in an inclusive, structured, and intentional manner consistently across offices and practices.
Check out the official press release from Diversity Lab here.