Kean Miller is pleased to announce that the Firm has achieved Mansfield Certification for the fourth year in a row following the completion of a twelve-month Mansfield Rule 6.0 certification process. Mansfield Certification, awarded by Diversity Lab, recognizes law firms that actively work to close gender and diversity gaps in the legal profession. To achieve 6.0 certification, Kean Miller maintained processes and procedures to track and analyze talent pipelines, monitor business development teams, and participate in candid knowledge sharing opportunities with law firms across the United States.
“Diversity and inclusion are foundational to our Firm’s culture. We are proud to be recognized by the premiere legal diversity program as a legal partner that actively supports and advances attorneys who have traditionally been unrepresented in the profession. We look forward to continuing our involvement with Diversity Lab and participating in Mansfield 7.0.”
said Vic Suane
, Chair of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.
The Mansfield Certification program measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30% of women lawyers, lawyers from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, lawyers with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ lawyers for top leadership roles, senior-level lateral hiring, promotions into the equity partnership, and participation in client development opportunities. The goal of the Mansfield Rule is to increase the representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities.
About the Mansfield Rule
The Mansfield Rule is named for Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to the practice of law in the United States more than 150 years ago. The concept of the Mansfield Rule and certification process evolved from the National Football League’s Rooney Rule of 2003 – an initiative that mandates the inclusion of diverse candidates in interviews for coaching and staff opportunities. At the 2016 Women in Law hackathon, the legal community, in collaboration with Bloomberg Law and the Stanford Law School, parlayed this concept into the Mansfield Rule.
Mansfield Rule certification is managed by Diversity Lab, an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Since their launch six years ago, they’ve grown from 42 firms to 360+ firms participating annually. Diversity Lab leverages data, behavioral science, design thinking, and technology to further develop and test ideas, measure the results, and share the lessons learned.
About Kean Miller
Kean Miller is one of the largest and best recognized law firms in the Gulf South region. For 40 years, the Firm has been innovating and growing, revolutionizing the standards for excellence in client service, and earning numerous awards for its market-leading practices and thoughtful and creative legal representation. Consistently named to the National Law Journal’s NLJ 500 and the Law 360 Top 400 lists, Kean Miller is Mansfield 6.0 certified, an honor bestowed for a select group of law firms which demonstrate a genuine commitment to diversity in the legal profession. The Firm’s collaborative culture, people-first approach, and devotion to quality are foundational to the Firm’s continued success, reflecting its reputation in the market. From the Firm’s eight offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Houston, and The Woodlands, and more than 200 attorneys, Kean Miller delivers sophisticated and meaningful counsel to Fortune 500 leaders, national businesses, and local companies.
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