Arnold & Porter Again Receives Mansfield and Mansfield Plus Certification
Arnold & Porter has once again achieved Mansfield Certification, earning Mansfield 6.0 Certification Plus after completing the twelve-month Mansfield Rule program. The Mansfield 6.0 Certification program measures the structural changes and steps firms have taken over the past year to ensure paths to leadership are open and transparent to all qualified lawyers, including lateral hiring, client pitch teams, promotions, and appointments. The Mansfield Certification Plus rating recognizes firms that have made measured progress in increasing inclusivity in leadership and have at least 30% of women or diverse lawyers in leading roles.
Richard M. Alexander, Chairman of Arnold & Porter, said: “Over the years, Mansfield Certification has provided key performance indicators instrumental in measuring Arnold & Porter’s ongoing efforts to advance our D&I strategy, and it’s proven to be an effective means to share our progress with internal and external stakeholders, including our clients and our current and future Arnold & Porter colleagues.”
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 receive certification, the Mansfield Rule 6.0 requires that firms consider at least 30% underrepresented lawyers for hiring, awards, and promotions to C-level and other senior level roles. To receive Mansfield 6.0 Certification this year, firms also had to ensure advancement processes and leadership role descriptions were clearly written and accessible.
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. In June 2023, the firm was named one of the top five law firms for women and diversity according to Seramount’s 2023 ‘Best Law Firms for Women and Diversity’ list and in February 2023 the firm earned Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)’s Gold Certification for Black Equity at Work.