Mansfield Rule Certification
“Kean Miller is dedicated to promoting a culture of inclusion and diversity. The best evidence of this commitment is our 12-month effort to become Mansfield Rule Certified. We are excited to continue to improve upon our diversity efforts as we pilot Mansfield 4.0.”
– Victor J. Suane, Jr., Chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council
Mansfield Rule Certification recognizes the handful of law firms that actively close gender and diversity gaps in the legal profession by requiring participating law firms to consider that mission-critical operations and decision-making, such as executive leadership and governance, recruitment, and business development activities, are inclusive of at least 30 percent of lawyers who are women and diverse attorneys for promotions, senior-level hiring, significant leadership roles, and inclusion on pitch teams. This certification also includes lawyers with disabilities as well as women, lawyers of color, LGBTQ+, and disabled lawyers as part of the diverse candidate pool. These efforts were required to be tracked over a one year period for consideration.
“Kean Miller has embraced Mansfield as an adjunct to our law firm’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives in the legal profession. Our internal partner education and outreach efforts have significantly increased awareness of the importance of diverse pitch teams when vying for new client relationships. Since we started down the certification path, more than 58% of our formal pitches have met or exceeded the signature Mansfield thresholds.”
– Linda Perez Clark, Managing Partner.
The Mansfield Rule is named for Arabella Mansfield; the first woman admitted to the practice of law in the United States 150 years ago. The concept of the Mansfield Rule and certification process evolved from the Rooney Rule of 2003 – an initiative from the NFL to encourage the hiring of diverse head coaches and staff. At the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon, the legal community, in collaboration with Bloomberg Law and the Stanford Law School, parlayed this concept into the Mansfield Rule of today. Since its inception, over 50 of the country’s premier corporations have adopted the policies of the Mansfield Rule within their own in-house legal departments. Kean Miller is the only Louisiana-founded law firm to achieve this certification.