Revise Mansfield Diversity Mandates To Also Benefit Veterans

Law360 (April 23, 2021, 3:12 PM EDT) -- The Mansfield Rule is a popular diversity metric developed by the consulting group Diversity Lab.[1] Currently, 117 large law firms have agreed to follow the rule. However, veterans are omitted from this diversity initiative.

The Mansfield Rule "measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, lawyers of color, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions."[2]

The rule originated at Diversity Lab's 2016 Women In Law Hackathon,[3] a competition among nine teams consisting of 54 high-level law firm partners, 18 expert advisers and...

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