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Arnold & Porter Again Receives Mansfield Plus Certification for Promoting Diversity in Leadership

September 15, 2020

Arnold & Porter has again achieved Mansfield Certification after completing the twelve-month Mansfield Rule Certification 3.0 program, which measures how law firms affirmatively consider women, lawyers of color, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for significant leadership roles. This is the third year in a row that Arnold & Porter has achieved this certification. Arnold & Porter also maintained its Mansfield Certification Plus rating, a status that recognizes firms with at least 30 percent of women or diverse lawyers in leading roles.

Noting the importance of this certification, Arnold & Porter Chairman Richard M. Alexander said, "Arnold & Porter remains focused on our efforts to recruit, advance, and promote a diverse and inclusive group of attorneys. We are committed to our internal efforts and will continue to encourage our profession as a whole to demonstrate tangible improvements. As Firm Chair, I am proud of our accomplishments, including promotion classes that are represented by at least 50 percent women and minorities as well as the representation of women, minorities, and LGBTQ+ attorneys on key committees and in practice group leadership. I view Mansfield as an acknowledgement of these efforts."

The goal of the Mansfield Rule is to boost the representation of lawyers from underrepresented groups in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these roles and opportunities. For participating firms to achieve certification, the Mansfield Rule 3.0 requires that women, minority attorneys, LGBTQ+ attorneys, and lawyers with disabilities make up 30 percent of the candidate pool for recruitment, governance roles, equity partner promotions, and inclusion in formal pitch presentations to clients.

The Mansfield Rule stems from the 2016 Women In Law Hackathon, a competition hosted by Diversity Lab in collaboration with Bloomberg Law and Stanford Law School intended to generate ideas for boosting "the retention and advancement of experienced women in law firms." Arnold & Porter participated in the initial Hackathon and the pilot for the program, and has been certified every year since its inception.

Diversity and inclusion are core values at Arnold & Porter. The firm is committed to cultivating an inclusive environment where everyone is supported and accorded dignity and respect. The firm has recently been named to Working Mother's "Best Law Firms for Women" list and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

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