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La Presse Affaires quotes Éric Bédard in an article on the trend in law firms to multiply the ways to achieve parity and greater diversity

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“Femmes et minorités visibles : les cabinets d’avocats donnent leur 30%” by Isabelle Massé, La Presse Affaires

La Presse Affaires quotes Montréal lawyer, Éric Bédard, in an article on the trend in law firms to multiply the ways to achieve parity and greater diversity.

An American project baptized “Mansfield Rule” is behind Fasken Martineau’s decision to ensure that at least 30% of candidates for senior level positions include women and visible minorities. A trend among law firms, which are multiplying the ways they can achieve parity and greater diversity.

Fasken Martineau, a Canadian firm, has joined the Mansfield Rule initiative, named after the first female lawyer in the US, Arabella Mansfield. “Considerably more men in the profession become partners,” notes Éric Bédard, Managing Partner for the Quebec Region.

While Fasken Martineau was already aware of this, Mtre Bédard admits that they needed a formal boost. “Instinctively, we already consider many applicants who are female or from visible minorities, but we didn’t document it and it wasn’t systematic, explains Mtre Bédard. We have to make an effort. The Mansfield Rule forces us to always think about it and to try. This applies to both promotions and decision-making positions that need to be filled.”