Toronto (Canada) - Fasken has achieved Mansfield Rule 2.0 Certification confirming at least 30 per cent women, LGBTQ+ and minority lawyers were considered for 70 per cent or more of significant leadership roles at the Firm. Participating firms were tracked from July 2018 to July 2019.
Mansfield Rule 2.0 builds on the inaugural version of the rule; it now includes LGBTQ+ lawyers, measures consideration for participation in client pitch meetings and requests that participating law firms make appointment and election processes transparent to all lawyers in their firms.
“We’ve actively participated in the Mansfield Rule project since its launch,” said Peter Feldberg, Firm Managing Partner. “Implementing the Mansfield Rule for the second consecutive year reinforces our commitment to diversity and inclusion.”
“Mansfield Rule Certification recognizes our continued efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in our roles, committees and leadership activities,” said Katherine Pollock, Chair, Fasken Diversity and Inclusion Committee. “As the Mansfield Rule evolves, so does law firm leadership and Fasken is proud to be part of this positive change. In this regard, the Firm has signed up for Mansfield 3.0, which adds lawyers with disabilities to the process.”
About Mansfield Rule
The Mansfield Rule program stemmed from the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon, hosted by Diversity Labs in collaboration Stanford Law School and Bloomberg Law. It is named after the first American woman admitted into the legal profession in 1869, Arabella Mansfield. The Mansfield Rule was inspired by the National Football League’s Rooney Rule that requires every NFL team to interview at least one minority candidate for head coach vacancies.
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