The newly released version of the Mansfield certification is aimed at diversifying leadership. The parameters have expanded in scope while increasing with rigor each year with input from an advisory board of diversity leaders and other stakeholders. Since Diversity Lab launched the initial certification in 2017, the requirements have evolved, but have remained focused on driving progress in the legal industry.
“At Bradley, we view workplace diversity and inclusion as essential to our business strategies, professional ideals, and relationships with the clients and communities that we serve. Our participation in the Mansfield certification process is an intentional effort to diversify firm leadership and further opportunities for historically underrepresented lawyers,” said Bradley Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Jonathan M. Skeeters. “Diverse perspectives are key to achieving the success that our clients demand.”
“Participating in the Mansfield Rule is vital to our culture of embracing and celebrating diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Partner and Director of Inclusion and Diversity George Medlock. “By looking internally to see where we excel and where we can improve, we can drive and implement change in a meaningful way, and we look forward to being a part of this important initiative.”
The Mansfield Rule 6.0 version requires participating firms to consider at least 30% historically underrepresented lawyers when appointing, electing, or promoting into leadership roles and the equity partnership, among other activities that focus on the path to leadership.
About Diversity Lab
Diversity Lab is an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law. Experimental ideas are created through Hackathons and piloted in collaboration with more than 250 top law firms and legal department across the country. Diversity Lab leverages data, behavioral science, design thinking, and technology to further develop and test new ideas and research, measure the results, and share the lessons learned.