Blank Rome Achieves Mansfield Certification for Mansfield Rule 5.0
Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that our firm has achieved Mansfield Certification status after successfully completing Diversity Lab’s yearlong Mansfield Rule 5.0 program. As a pilot member of the inaugural Mansfield Rule in 2017, our firm has received Mansfield Certification for each subsequent iteration of the program. Blank Rome will continue our longstanding partnership with Diversity Lab through our participation in Mansfield Rule 6.0, which will run through July 2023.
“As a member of the inaugural Mansfield Rule group and each subsequent iteration, we are proud and honored to continue our partnership with Diversity Lab,” said Grant S. Palmer, Blank Rome’s Managing Partner and CEO. “Diversity Lab’s strategic and unique approach to diversifying leadership year over year has been impressive and effective and aligns with our goals and ongoing efforts at Blank Rome. It is wonderful to see that more than 180 large firms are now participating in the current Mansfield certification and we look forward to knowledge sharing opportunities and continued progress at our firm and across the legal industry.”
To achieve Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certification, participating law firms must have considered a broad slate of talent, including at least 30 percent underrepresented lawyers, when electing leadership positions, hiring senior lateral associates and partners, promoting into the equity partnership, and staffing client pitch teams. Additionally, participating firms were also required to track their candidate pools in a disaggregated manner, measure the impact of the Mansfield Rule by each underrepresented group, consider at least 30 percent underrepresented lawyers for nominations to Chambers USA, and increase the external visibility of underrepresented lawyers.
“At Blank Rome, we strive to partner with organizations that share our commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal industry and beyond,” said Krystal Studavent Ramsey, Blank Rome’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion. “Along with our firm’s dedication to identifying, developing, and cultivating diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, policies, and initiatives, our longstanding achievement of Mansfield Certification status demonstrates our strategic focus in our hiring, development, and advancement practices.”
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