As an important next step in our Equity, Inclusion and Diversity efforts, we are pleased to announce that Brown Rudnick LLP has renewed our commitment to participating in the Diversity Lab Mansfield Rule certification process. Brown Rudnick will continue to affirmatively consider at least 30 percent women, lawyers of color, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for internal leadership roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions.

“Brown Rudnick's participation in Mansfield Rule 4.0 is another step in our commitment to being a diverse and inclusive law firm,” said William R. Baldiga, CEO of Brown Rudnick. “We firmly believe in the value of increased representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership and in the profession. Brown Rudnick remains committed to making leadership opportunities more accessible to all of our lawyers by increasing transparency and posting job descriptions for internal leadership roles. As a result of our involvement in Mansfield 3.0, we are rethinking all of our processes - from recruitment and training to advancement and business development - and expanding our candidate pools for open lateral partner and attorney positions."

In one of the legal profession’s most significant diversity efforts, the Mansfield Rule certification process was launched by Diversity Lab beginning in 2017, inspired by a winning idea at the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon.  The Mansfield Rule is named after Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to the practice of law in the United States.

By signing on to Mansfield Rule 4.0, Brown Rudnick and 117 other major law firms are committing to ensure that firms reflect the diversity of our clients and communities.

For more information about Mansfield Rule, visit Diversity Lab.  The Open Letter from the Chairpersons and Managing Partners of the 117 law firms regarding Mansfield Rule 4.0, can be found here.