Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that it has achieved Mansfield Certification for 2018 from the Diversity Lab. The certification recognizes Brownstein’s commitment to leading the charge toward greater diversity and inclusion in the legal industry.
“It has been a pleasure working with Brownstein over the past year to experiment with this new and innovative effort to move the needle on diversity and inclusion. We are keenly aware of the incredible amount of hard work and dedication it took to reach this impressive result. We want to thank Brownstein for being a trailblazer for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession,” said Lisa Kirby, director of research and knowledge sharing at Diversity Lab.
“At Brownstein we strive to be a leader and innovator within the legal industry and our communities when it comes to matters of diversity, and achieving Mansfield certification is a great step toward that goal,” said Adam Agron, Brownstein’s managing partner. “I’m very proud of this recognition and appreciate the hard work and dedication of our Women’s Leadership Initiative and Gender Diversity Task Force in paving the way to Mansfield certification in its inaugural year.”
Recently ranked No. 8 in the country on The American Lawyer’s list of firms with the highest percentage of female equity partners, Brownstein furthered its commitment to diversity by signing on to pilot the Mansfield Rule 2.0 in 2019, which will include LGBTQ+ lawyers in addition to women and attorneys of color. Mansfield 2.0 will also measure consideration for participation in client pitch meetings and requests that participating law firms make appointment and election processes transparent to all lawyers in their firms.
Named after Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to the practice of law in the United States, the Mansfield Program was one of the winning ideas from the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon hosted by Diversity Lab in collaboration with Bloomberg Law and Stanford Law School. It is often referred to as the next generation of the Rooney Rule, a National Football League policy that requires league teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operation jobs. The inaugural Mansfield Rule required that law firms consider women and attorneys of color (as 30 percent of the applicable candidate pool at least 70 percent of the time) for leadership and governance opportunities, partner promotions and senior lateral hires.