WSHB is proud to announce that they are participating in the Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certification process, which launched on July 15, 2021.
The goal of the Mansfield Rule is to boost the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers in law firm leadership. Now entering its fifth year, the Mansfield Rule has become the standard by which law firms track and measure that they have affirmatively considered at least thirty percent women, lawyers from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, lawyers with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ lawyers for top leadership roles, senior-level lateral hiring, promotions into the equity partnership, and participation in client pitch meetings.
In this year's iteration of Mansfield Rule, firms will be required to:
- Track their candidate pools in a disaggregated manner, prompting participating firms to measure the impact of the Mansfield Rule by each underrepresented group. Firms must also include an option for Middle Eastern/North African identity, a demographic often overlooked by current self-identification options;
- Consider at least 30% underrepresented lawyers for nominations to Chambers USA to increase the external visibility of underrepresented lawyers with clients and in the marketplace more broadly; and
- Consider 30% underrepresented individuals when hiring and promoting C-level or other senior-level professional staff roles.
- In addition, law firms pursuing Mansfield Certification Plus — which indicates that they have not only considered, but achieved thirty percent representation of underrepresented lawyers in many of the Mansfield Rule’s categories — will be asked to heighten the transparency of their partner compensation criteria and processes by publishing and making them available to all lawyers in the firm. Natalia Marulanda, Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule Manager, noted, “Increasing accountability and transparency have always been major objectives of the Mansfield Rule, and we’re excited to be working with firms to shed more light on partner compensation practices, the holy grail of inclusion and equity.”
All firms that meet or exceed the required Mansfield Rule Certification parameters, which are measured twice yearly through a data collection process and structured check-in meetings, are provided with an opportunity to send their newly promoted underrepresented partners to Client Forums to meet and learn from hundreds of influential legal department leaders.
The Mansfield Rule is named for Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to the practice of law in the United States. WSHB's participation in the Mansfield Rule 5.0 certification process is a continuation of the firm's strong ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, a core value of the firm since inception.