Mansfield Rule Highlights Legal Tech Gaps in Diversity Efforts

It is hardly a secret that the US legal industry has struggled with diversity. But that isn’t to say that efforts aren’t being made by some organizations seeking to make the sector more inclusive.

One such example is The Diversity Lab’s “Mansfield Rule.” Launched in 2017 for law firms and expanded to legal departments in 2019, the rule tasks an organization with considering at least 30% “women, 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 pitch meetings,” according to the The Diversity Lab.

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