Events & Partnerships

Mansfield Rule Certfication Plus

In 2017, MoFo joined a number of major law firms and corporate legal departments in Diversity Lab’s pilot program of the Mansfield Rule, which measures whether law firms are considering at least 30 percent women and attorneys of color for leadership and governance roles. The next iteration of the Rule, Mansfield 2.0, ran from July 2018 to July 2019 and was expanded to include LGBTQ+ lawyers and considerations for participation in client - pitch meetings and appointment/election process transparency.

Following the successful completion of Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule pilot program, Mansfield Rule 2.0, and Mansfield 3.0, Morrison & Foerster has achieved Mansfield Certification Plus status since 2018. The firm was one of only 25 that received Certification Plus for three 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 4.0 of the initiative, running from July 2020 to July 2021.

2020 Summit for Women In-House Counsel Virtual Event Series

Over the several months in 2020, Morrison & Foerster hosted a virtual event series in lieu of the firm’s in-person Summit for Women In-House Counsel. We held eight virtual events with nearly 700 attendees total that represented over 300 companies. The theme for the 2020 Summit was Women Leaders in Law: Driving Innovation, with a focus on how women in-house counsel can embrace innovation and creativity to adapt to change, foster new ideas, generate business growth, and elevate confidence. The theme proved particularly appropriate in 2020, as we and our clients faced unprecedented challenges.

The virtual event series featured the following programs:

  • In-House Collaboration, with Dr. Heidi Gardner of Harvard Law School
  • Developing Resilience: Advice for Women Lawyers (a four-part series), with Paula Davis Laack, of the Stress & Resilience Institute
  • Remembering RBG: The Legacy of Justice Ginsburg and the Future of the U.S. Supreme Court, with CNN legal analyst Joan Biskupic and MoFo partner Deanne Maynard
  • A Cybersecurity Attack with No Risk: Experience the Challenges, Tough Decisions, and Ramifications of a Cyber Attack, with MoFo partners Carrie Cohen, Kristen Mathews, and Nancy Thomas
  • Cross-Border Compliance and Investigations, with Saheli Datta of Universal Music Group, Ana Iacovetta of VMware, and MoFo partners Lisa Phelan, Ruti Smithline, and Christine Wong.

2018 Women’s Summit: Creating Sustainable Platforms for Women Leaders

Since its inception in 2012, MoFo’s Summit for Women In-House Counsel has brought nearly 700 women attorneys together for a day of enlightenment and empowerment. The 2018 event, held at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, New York, welcomed over 200 women for a day-long, inspirational program that has been a pillar of MoFo’s long-standing commitment to championing the advancement of women.

The 2018 event, Creating Sustainable Platforms for Women Leaders, influenced a program of curated content for current and future generations of female leaders, designed to grow a community of empowered women in the legal profession. In the spirit of creating a sustainable environment, invitations were extended to mentees of senior in-house counsel and senior East Coast associates at the firm for the first time in the Summit’s history.

This inspirational and empowering day would not have been possible without the leadership of the 2018 Summit co-chairs, Jamie Levitt and Jennifer Marines, along with the work of countless others. We want to thank all of the speakers and guests who made the 2018 Summit such a huge success.

View the full agenda for the 2018 Summit.

Read more about our Women’s Summits in 2018 and 2017 on our MoFo+ blog.

Women at an eventMoFo partners Jennifer Marines, Janie Schulman, and Demme Doufekias take a moment to smile for the camera.

Women at an eventMoFo’s Natalie Fleming Nolen reconnects with MoFo alum Tamara Joseph of Enzyant Sciences and Fair Health, Inc.’s Allison Schnieders.

Women at an eventJamie Levitt moderates the Women General Counsel Today session, featuring panelists Lucy Fato of AIG, Elisa Garcia of Macy’s, Kathy Leo of Chobani, Barbara Levi Mager of Sandoz, and Jill Simeone of Etsy.

Women at an eventSummit attendees enjoy Gail Collins’ keynote speech, The Way We Are.

Women at an eventPresident of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Sherrilyn Ifill and MoFo partner Deanne Maynard discuss hot-button issues during the Supreme Court Highlights panel.

Tokyo Women in Business Series

The Women in Business Series is one of the only programs continuing to address the unique needs of women business professionals in Japan,  and the only one in the legal industry to focus on nongender issues.

Japan lags behind other developed nations with respect to gender equity in the workplace. According to the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index, Japan ranks 101 on a list of 145 countries.

Under the leadership of Louise Stoupe, co-chair of MoFo’s Commercial Litigation & Trial Group and a partner in our Intellectual Property Group, the Tokyo office has responded to this challenge by establishing a forum that supports women business leaders through knowledge sharing and relationship building.

Since 2014, more than 200 women business professionals and lawyers have participated in the series.


MoForever Alumni Network Events

In 2017 the WSC launched MoForever Women’s Network, a women’s alumni network; this also resulted in MoFoLink, a searchable directory and in-house job opportunity site visible to both current lawyers and alumni. Networking events are held throughout the year and are great opportunities for current and former MoFo women to stay connected. To learn more about our MoForever Network and alumni resources, visit MoFo’s Alumni Center.

Women at an eventThe MoForever Women’s Network hosted a “tasteful” alumni event at the City Winery in New York City in 2019.

Women at an eventThe inaugural Northern California Women’s Alumnae reunion event was hosted by MoFo’s Women’s Strategy Committee and the MoForever Women’s Network in 2018.

Institutional Partnerships

We partner with law schools, bar associations, and other professional organizations that share our commitment to the advancement of women in the legal profession. For example, we continued our corporate sponsorship of the VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab through Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, which offers insights into the barriers to women’s advancement and provides innovative and workable solutions to promoting gender equality.

Ms. JD

Several MoFo women lawyers have been asked to share their insights and advice with women law school students during the Annual Ms. JD Conference, including Tritia Murata, Purvi Patel, and Carrie H. Cohen. Ms. JD is a nonprofit organization focused on ensuring the success of women lawyers in their early careers.

WilPower Program

For the last five years, we have hosted a series of professional development workshops produced by Leading Women in Technology aimed at elevating the next generation of women leaders in the technology industry, including women lawyers.



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