Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has been named a Mansfield Certified Plus firm for 2019, as tracked and measured by Diversity Lab. Diversity Lab announced that 64 law firms earned Mansfield Certification for 2019. Of those, 51 went above and beyond the baseline expectations to be named Certified Plus firms.
Diversity Lab partnered with nearly 50 of the country’s leading law firms to pilot the inaugural version of the “Mansfield Rule” from summer 2017 through mid-2018. In that year, Mansfield required women lawyers and lawyers of color represent at least 30 percent of the candidate pool for significant law firm leadership roles. BCLP helped pilot the program.
For Mansfield 2.0, which ran from July 2018 to July 2019, law firms were asked to consider at least 30 percent LGBTQ+, women and lawyers of color for significant leadership roles. Diversity Lab also requested that participating firms measure participation by these groups in client pitch meetings and that appointment and election processes be transparent.
To be a Mansfield Certified Plus firm, in addition to meeting or exceeding the baseline consideration requirements for certification, firms must successfully reach at least 30 percent LGBTQ+, women and minority lawyer representation in a notable number of leadership roles and committees.
The Mansfield Rule is named after Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to practice law in the United States. The Mansfield Rule was inspired by the NFL’s “Rooney Rule,” named for former Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, which requires every NFL team to interview at least one minority candidate for head coach vacancies.
“We’ve been part of this important program since its inception, and we are pleased to be Certified Plus again this year,” said Chief Diversity Officer Lisa Martin. “Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner worked hard to continue implementing the Mansfield Rule this year as part of our strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, and we are proud of this exciting achievement.”