Kean Miller is proud to announce that the Firm has achieved Mansfield Certification for the third year in a row following the completion of a twelve-month Mansfield Rule 5.0 certification process. Mansfield Rule certification recognizes law firms that actively work to close gender and diversity gaps in the legal profession. To achieve the objectives set forth, Kean Miller established processes, procedures, and people to track and analyze talent pipelines, monitor business development teams, and participated in candid knowledge sharing opportunities with law firms across the country.
“Diversity and inclusion are a cornerstone of our Firm’s culture. We are proud to be recognized by the premiere legal diversity program as a Firm that actively supports and advances attorneys who have traditionally been unrepresented in the legal profession. We look forward to continuing our involvement with Diversity Lab and participating in Mansfield 6.0.” 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.
Kean Miller is proud to continue our partnership with Diversity Lab through 2023 by participating in the Mansfield Rule 6.0 Certification process which launched in July of 2022.
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 four years ago, they’ve grown from 42 firms to 160+ 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. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2023, 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, 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 190 attorneys, Kean Miller delivers sophisticated and practical counsel to Fortune 500 leaders, national businesses, and local companies.
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