Following the successful completion of both Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule pilot program and Mansfield Rule 2.0, Morrison & Foerster has achieved Mansfield Certification Plus status for 2018 and 2019. The firm was one of only 25 that received Certification Plus for two consecutive years. Certification Plus status indicates that, in addition to considering a diverse group of candidates for leadership and governance roles, the firm has also successfully reached at least 30 percent women, minority, and LGBTQ+ lawyer representation in a notable number of current leadership roles and committees.
MoFo joins a number of major law firms and corporate legal departments in launching version 3.0 of the initiative, running from July 2019 to July 2020. The latest version will also include lawyers with disabilities in the populations considered.
As a result of earning Mansfield Certification Plus status, MoFo has been given the opportunity to invite a select list of diverse partners to attend a two-day client forum sponsored by Diversity Lab and filled with opportunities for networking and meeting with high-level in-house counsel. The MoFo partners are invited to both days of the forum, which includes TED-style talks interspersed with small-group, professional networking breaks and one-on-one pitch meetings with select in-house counsel representing more than 60 legal departments.
Following the event, Diversity Lab will provide attendees with valuable feedback from their client - pitch sessions on speaking style, effectiveness in describing their capabilities, and knowledge of their firm’s commitment to diversity, as well as practical tips for improving their pitch skills.
Read more about our commitment to the Mansfield Rule on our MoFo+ blog.