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Once again, Jenner & Block achieved Mansfield Plus Certification as part of the firm’s participation in the Mansfield Rule initiative, a program designed to increase representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership.
Developed by the Diversity Lab in 2016, the Mansfield Rule asks law firms to affirmatively consider at least 30 percent women, lawyers of color, LGBTQ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for key leadership roles and lateral hires. In 2017, Jenner & Block signed on to participate in the pilot program. In 2018, the firm earned certification and enrolled in the second phase of the program – the Mansfield Rule 2.0 – which expanded the initiative to include LGBTQ lawyers. In 2019, the firm continued its efforts and reached Mansfield Plus certification, then carried the Mansfield Rule forward into 2020.
The certification is the result of the firm’s consistent effort to translate its core value of diversity and inclusion into action, helping to diversify the current and future leaders of the firm in the process.
While the Mansfield Rule is a necessary step for embedding change in the legal landscape, Jenner & Block’s efforts remain ongoing. The firm continues to support an environment that fosters extraordinary talents – a firm where everyone feels included and respected. By supporting and achieving goals as outlined in the Mansfield Rule initiative, the firm can better create the systemic changes needed for long-term inclusivity and equity in the legal profession.