The Diversity Lab, an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law, announced today that Baker McKenzie has earned the highest designation of Mansfield Certification Plus.
The Mansfield Rule Certification recognizes firms who affirmatively consider at least 30% women, attorneys of color, and LGBTQ+ lawyers and attorneys with disabilities for recruitment, governance roles, equity partner promotions, and inclusion in formal pitch presentations to clients. The "Plus" status recognizes that, in addition to meeting Certification requirements, the Firm has achieved at least 30% diversity in a notable number of current leadership positions and committees. Baker McKenzie's North America Leadership team exceeds the Diversity Lab's 30% target.
"This recognition speaks to our Firm's steadfast commitment to inclusion and equity in all forms," said Colin Murray, Baker McKenzie's North America Chief Executive Officer. "We are intentionally building a culture where every person is welcome and able to reach their full potential. In recent months we have placed a significant focus on our anti-racism efforts, which include the creation of a North America Anti-Racism Taskforce, the launch of our Lawyers of Color Conference, and crediting billable hours devoted to diversity initiatives. We aim to truly move the needle within the Firm and in our profession with these efforts."
Anna Brown, Baker McKenzie's Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion added, "We are thrilled to receive this important designation from Diversity Lab. At Baker McKenzie, we strive every day for a more diverse, inclusive and equitable Firm. We know there is more work to be done but we appreciate this certification in recognition of our efforts."
The Mansfield Rule was one of the winning ideas from the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon hosted by Diversity Lab in collaboration with Bloomberg Law and Stanford Law School and is named for Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to practice law in the United States.
“We are incredibly proud of these firms that remained steadfastly focused on inclusivity through the Mansfield Rule as the pandemic and its implications disrupted so many business processes,” said Lisa Kirby, Chief Intelligence & Knowledge Sharing Officer at Diversity Lab. “And the shattering examples of racial injustice we’ve witnessed this summer caused many firms to further deepen their commitment to taking direct action to equalize the playing field in law firm leadership.”This is the second consecutive year Baker McKenzie has received the Mansfield Certification Plus. The recognition follows similar awards Baker McKenzie has received for its efforts in advancing a diverse and inclusive workplace. For example, the Firm was recently named a Best Law Firm for Women by Working Mother magazine, and has been shortlisted for the 2020 Chambers USA D&I awards in three categories including Inclusive Firm of the Year. Baker McKenzie has also been honored for 11 consecutive years with a perfect score on HRC's Corporate Equality Index.