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The Mansfield Rule highlights legal technology gaps in diversity efforts

It’s no secret that the American legal industry has struggled with diversity. But that doesn’t mean efforts aren’t being made by some organizations seeking to make the sector more inclusive.

One such example is The Diversity Lab’s “Mansfield Rule.” Launched in 2017 for law firms and extended to legal departments in 2019, the standard mandates a organization considering at least 30% “women, attorneys from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, attorneys with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ attorneys for senior leadership roles, senior-level lateral hiring, equity associate promotions, and participation in client presentation meetings,” according to the Diversity Laboratory.


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