Fish & Richardson is one of 26 U.S. firms to have earned the highest designation of Mansfield 1.0 Certified Plus from Diversity Lab for having successfully reached at least 30 percent female and minority lawyer representation in a notable number of its current leadership roles and committees.
The Mansfield Rule Certification measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women and attorneys of color for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions and senior leadership positions.
To achieve the Mansfield Rule objectives, participating law firms had to first establish a baseline metric by which they could assess and analyze their talent pipelines. As part of the Mansfield rule certification process, the firms were expected to create and adopt documentation and tracking norms to measure their progress and identify areas for improvement.
Fish & Richardson will also be one of 65 firms participating in Mansfield 2.0, which will include LGBTQ+ lawyers as well as women and attorneys of color as part of the diverse candidate pool. Mansfield 2.0 also will measure consideration for roles in client pitch meetings and will ask participating law firms to make appointment and election processes transparent for all lawyers in their firms, said Fish & Richardson in a press release.
Diversity Lab creates and experiments with ways to close the gender gap and boost diversity in law firms and legal departments by leveraging data, behavioral science and design thinking.