For the second consecutive year, Baker Donelson has achieved Mansfield Certification Plus status. It is among 118 leading law firms that have completed a rigorous 12-month collaboration with Diversity Lab with built-in measurement, transparency and accountability.
The goal of the Mansfield Rule is to boost the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities. The Mansfield Rule Certification measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer) lawyers and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions. Mansfield Certification Plus status indicates that, in addition to meeting or exceeding the baseline certification requirements, the firms have successfully reached at least 30 percent underrepresented lawyer representation in a notable number of their current leadership roles.