Diversity Initiative Names ‘Certified’ Firms for Women, Minority Leadership


Launched last summer as a corrective to an industry dominated by white men, the Mansfield Rule sought to tackle the gender and diversity gap in Big Law leadership in part by using a powerful promise: bragging rights.

Now, 41 of the nearly 50 firms that implemented the rule in its inaugural pilot year have earned those rights, receiving the coveted designation, “Mansfield Certified.”

“Law firms are not typically early adopters on risky endeavors, especially ones where the results will be made public,” said Caren Ulrich Stacy, CEO of the Diversity Lab, which worked with the firms to implement the Mansfield Rule.

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