Mansfield Rule

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 pitches and meetings, and entry-level and lateral hiring. 

Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule for Mid-Size Law Firms


Foley Mansfield is proud to participate in Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule 3.0 certification for Midsize Firms. Starting in September 2021, the firm has joined with more than 20 midsize law firms in the existing pilot program for the 18-month certification period to take-action on our commitment to diversity and inclusion and in building a stronger legal community through focused hiring, promotion, and leadership transition activities.

The overall goal of the Mansfield Rule is to increase the representation of diverse lawyers in leadership. The program for mid-sized firms has requirements tailored for smaller lawyer populations, fewer office locations and leaner firm leadership and governance structures. The certification period is 18 months, running from September 2021 to March 2023.

If certain measurable objectives are met during the eighteen-month certification, the firm will earn the distinction of being Mansfield Certified. Foley Mansfield will continue to release more information as we progress during the certification period.

To learn more about the Mansfield Rule for Midsize Law Firms, please read Diversity Lab’s Press Release.

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