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The Mansfield Rule

Expanding our commitment to equity & inclusion

In 2020, Tucker Ellis joined Mansfield Rule 4.0 to expand our firm’s commitment to equity and inclusion. In 2021, we achieved the highest certification level: Mansfield Certified Plus.

The Mansfield Rule, administered by Diversity Lab, addresses the dearth of diverse attorneys in positions of law firm leadership by setting benchmarks to measure whether firms have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent female lawyers, lawyers of color, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions. This initiative encourages law firms to actively staff matters with diverse attorneys and, in turn, will result in the recruiting, hiring, and retention of more diverse attorneys.

While diversifying pitch teams is an important goal, simply having a seat in the meeting is not enough. We have put into place specific processes for logging in and addressing each RFP and pitch and tracking the diversity statistics for attorneys, paralegals, and any other staffing proposed for the engagement. For each successful pitch and proposal, our marketing and accounting teams work diligently to pull and review timekeeper reports to confirm that the attorneys proposed in the pitch are also staffed and actively working on new matters.

Mansfield Rule 6.0

In 2022, we expanded our pledge to law firm diversity by joining Mansfield Rule 6.0. The latest version of the Mansfield Rule expands the scope and increases the rigor of the certification process even further.

Mansfield Rule 5.0

In 2021, we continued our commitment by joining Mansfield Rule 5.0. This iteration of the Mansfield Rule challenges law firms to meet new goals that push the boundaries necessary to boost diversity in law firm leadership.

Mansfield Certified Plus

In September 2021, Tucker Ellis achieved the highest certification level – Mansfield Certified Plus. Mansfield Certified Plus status indicates that, in addition to meeting or exceeding the baseline certification requirements, the firms have successfully reached at least 30% underrepresented lawyer representation in a notable number of their current leadership roles.

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