Law firms involved in adopting the Mansfield Rule are receiving recognition for the push to change diversity at higher ranks of the legal profession.
Forty-one firms around the country received certification for completing the pilot year of the Mansfield Rule, Diversity Lab announced Aug. 20. Thirteen of the certified firms operate in Colorado, and two — Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and Holland & Hart — are based in Denver.
Now, going into the second year, more law firms are jumping onboard as the rule’s requirements expand.
The Mansfield Rule pushes for diversity among leadership and governance positions at law firms by requiring firms to make up 30 percent of its candidate pool for such positions with women and attorneys of color. To receive the certification, participating law firms had to establish a baseline metric to analyze their talent pipelines and create a method to document their progress. Diversity Lab reported that those measurable metrics showed a “surge” in firms that track and measure their pipelines and that many of the certified firms have already demonstrated progress in improving diversity.