The announcement in December 2018 of a prominent national law firm’s new partner class drew ire as it sunk in that each of the 12 new partners were white, and 11 were men. A two-year-old diversity initiative targeted at the legal profession is trying to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
Diversity Lab has seen an uptick in participation for the second year of the Mansfield Rule, a voluntary national diversity initiative modeled after the NFL’s Rooney Rule intended to increase representation in the league’s front-office ranks.
The NFL’s Rooney Rule requires teams to interview ethnic minority candidates for head coaching jobs and senior football operations positions.
Law firms participating in the Mansfield Rule have committed to consider at least 30% women, LGBTQ and minority attorneys for leadership positions such as partner promotions and heads of offices or practice groups. It also includes outside hires, such as new lateral partners or upper-level associates. A handful of Colorado-based firms and national law firms with outposts in Colorado took part, including Holland & Hart and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.