DLA Piper receives Mansfield Certified Plus status in recognition of its efforts to increase diversity in firm leadership
DLA Piper is pleased to announce that the firm has achieved Mansfield Certified Plus status for 2018 as a result of its pilot of the Mansfield Rule, an initiative through which participating law firms consider at least 30 percent women and attorneys of color for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions and lateral positions.
This recognition is awarded to firms that, in addition to considering candidate pools made up of at least 30 percent diverse lawyers, have also achieved actual representation of at least 30 percent women and lawyers of color in key leadership roles, partner promotions and lateral hires. Out of 41 Certified firms, DLA Piper is among 27 that earned the Certified Plus title.
Named after Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to practice law in the United States, the Mansfield Rule was one of the winning ideas from the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon competition hosted by Diversity Lab, in collaboration with Bloomberg Law and Stanford Law School. DLA Piper was one of 44 law firms to partner with Diversity Lab and participate in the inaugural version of the initiative, which launched in mid-2017.
"Over the past year, implementing the Mansfield Rule has had a meaningful impact on our hiring and promotion processes," said Roger Meltzer, DLA Piper's global co-chairman and co-chairman of the Americas. "We are proud to have been designated a Mansfield Certified Plus firm and to be part of an innovative initiative to create a more diverse and inclusive legal profession."
The Mansfield Rule was inspired by the NFL's highly successful 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.
Law firms that have successfully piloted the Mansfield Rule, including DLA Piper, will have the opportunity to send their diverse partners to one of three two-day client forums in New York, San Francisco and St. Paul, Minnesota, in late 2018 to build relationships with and learn from influential in-house counsel. More than 70 legal departments have signed on to support this initiative by attending a client forum, spanning industries such as technology, retail, healthcare and media, among others.