Robins Kaplan Earns Mansfield 5.0 Plus Certification In 2022

November 7, 2022

Robins Kaplan Earns Mansfield 5.0 Plus Certification In 2022

Robins Kaplan LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has once again achieved Mansfield Certification Plus status in 2022 for its ongoing commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in leadership roles.

Mansfield Rule is a rigorous, yearlong certification program that aims to boost and sustain diversity in law firm leadership. The “Plus” status indicates that, in addition to meeting or exceeding the baseline certification requirements, the firm has successfully reached at least 30 percent underrepresented lawyer representation in a notable number of current leadership roles. This is the fourth year that the firm has participated in the program, and the second year that is has achieved “Plus” status.

“We are proud to join over 160 other law firms in completing this program and continuously addressing historical issues of exclusion and marginalization of women lawyers, underrepresented racial and ethnic lawyers, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities,” said Rita Holmes-Bobo, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The Mansfield Rule was launched in 2017 by Diversity Lab in collaboration with Bloomberg Law and Stanford Law School. The initiative was inspired by the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which requires every NFL team to interview at least one person of color for head coach vacancies. In the years following its implementation, the league doubled the number of head coaches of color who were hired. Robins Kaplan adopted a Rooney Rule for lateral associate positions in 2016 and in the following year, the firm increased its hiring of attorneys of color by 30 percent and LGBTQ attorneys by 13 percent.

Learn more about the Mansfield Rule here.

Rita S. Holmes-Bobo

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Pronouns: she/her

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