Foley Hoag Pledges Commitment to Law Firm Diversity Through Participation in Mansfield Rule Certification 5.0 Program

July 2, 2021

Foley Hoag LLP has announced its continued participation in the Mansfield Rule Certification program, and will actively take part in the fifth cycle of the initiative's certification process - Mansfield Rule Certification 5.0 - that launches July 15, 2021.

The Mansfield Rule Certification program, managed by Diversity Lab, is named after Arabella Mansfield, the first woman lawyer in the United States. Its goal is to boost the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers in law firm leadership. Now entering its fifth year, the Mansfield Rule has become the standard by which law firms track and measure that they have affirmatively considered at least 30% percent women, lawyers from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, lawyers with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ lawyers for top leadership roles, senior-level lateral hiring, promotions into the equity partnership and participation in client pitch meetings.

“We’re doubling down on our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by continuing our engagement in the Mansfield Rule Certification Program,” said Rosa Nunez, Director of DE&I at Foley Hoag. “While DE&I is in Foley Hoag’s DNA, we know there is a lot more work for us to do as a firm. We have been leveraging the Mansfield Rule Certification requirements to help guide our efforts and to hold us accountable to standards set forth by our industry to ensure that we are lifting up and supporting our attorneys and our people.”

All firms that meet or exceed the required Mansfield Rule Certification parameters, which are measured twice yearly through a data collection process and structured check-in meetings, are provided with an opportunity to send their newly promoted underrepresented partners to Client Forums to meet and learn from hundreds of influential legal department leaders.

More than 160 large law firms in the United States and Canada are expected to participate in the Mansfield Rule 5.0 certification process.

Diversity Lab is an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law. Diversity Lab leverages data, behavioral science, design thinking, and technology to further develop and test new ideas and research, measure the results, and share the lessons learned.

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