Taft has achieved Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certification Plus status after extensive collaboration with Diversity Lab for the July 2021-July 2022 cycle. Taft is proud to be among more than 200 law firms participating in the certification process and a part of a select group to achieve Plus status. Firms that earned the 5.0 Plus status not only met or exceeded the pipeline consideration requirements for Mansfield Certification but also have at least 30% diverse lawyer representation in significant leadership roles and committees.
“Taft is honored to participate in the Mansfield Certification process to build more inclusive law firms across the profession. We are committed to being the inclusive employer of choice in each of our markets and will continue to partner with organizations like Diversity Lab to implement meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. In 2022, 74% of Taft’s executive leadership team are women and/or racially and ethnically diverse. Having diverse perspectives within our leadership team shapes our modern and inclusive approach. The Mansfield Certification process ensures that we continue to place a high priority on diversity, equity, and inclusion at Taft,” said Adrian Thompson, Taft’s chief diversity officer and co-partner-in-charge of Taft Cleveland.
Mansfield Rule Certification measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30% women, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, client opportunities, and senior lateral positions. The certification process focuses on measurements, transparency, and accountability to achieve meaningful progress toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion. Taft also earned Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certification Plus status in 2021. The firm is actively participating in the sixth cycle of the Mansfield process, Mansfield Rule 6.0 Certification.
About Diversity Lab
Diversity Lab is an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law, and leverages data, behavioral science, design thinking, and technology to further develop and test new ideas and research, measure the results, and share the lessons learned. Learn more here.