Robinson+Cole, has signed on to participate in the Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule 3.0, a year-long certification process developed to increase the representation of diverse lawyers in leadership positions by broadening the pool of women, lawyers of color, lawyers with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ lawyers who are considered for significant governance roles, partner promotions, lateral partner and senior associate hiring and inclusion in business development initiatives.
“Our participation in the Mansfield Rule 3.0 reinforces Robinson+Cole’s commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive work environment where the diverse backgrounds of all of our lawyers and other professionals are respected and each individual is empowered to succeed,” said Robinson+Cole Managing Partner, Stephen E. Goldman. “The tools and resources provided by Diversity Lab allow us to continue to build on the initiative we started several years ago with our Diversity Action Plan. Our participation in the Mansfield Rule 3.0 will enhance our ability to continue to cultivate a culture in which our increasingly diverse group of lawyers and other professionals can bring their unique ideas and perspectives to the practice of law. The timing of this initiative is especially meaningful as we are about to begin the 175th year of the firm’s history of service to our clients and the community.”
The Mansfield Rule will measure whether Robinson+Cole has affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, lawyers of color, lawyers with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ lawyers (“historically underrepresented lawyers”) among its field of candidates for significant leadership roles and activities in the firm. Participating law firms are also encouraged to create and post job descriptions for these leadership roles, and ensure that the processes for election and/or appointment to these roles are transparent and accessible to all lawyers.
The Mansfield Rule was one of the winning ideas from the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon hosted by Diversity Lab, an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law, in collaboration with Bloomberg Law and Stanford Law School. The certification is named after Arabella Mansfield, who in 1869 became the first woman to be admitted to practice law in the United States. For more information about the Mansfield Rule, visit Diversity Lab.
Robinson+Cole, an AmLaw 200 law firm established nearly 175 years ago in Connecticut, has more than 200 lawyers in eleven offices throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Florida and California. We serve regional, national, and international clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Robinson+Cole is a service mark of Robinson & Cole LLP. For more information, please visit www.rc.com.