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Clark Hill Achieves Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certification for Expanding Diversity in Firm Leadership

October 18, 2022

Diversity Lab announced today that international law firm Clark Hill has achieved Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certification in recognition of the firm’s commitment and work to increase diversity and inclusion in leadership roles within the firm. Diversity Lab is an incubator focused on boosting diversity and inclusion in law.

“We are proud of the firm’s accomplishment in reaching Mansfield Certification, a notable industry recognition of our successful strategy to advance diversity across the firm’s leadership,” said John Hensien, CEO of Clark Hill.  “As a firm, we value diverse perspectives across all levels of the firm’s leadership and across client teams. This was our first year to apply for Mansfield Certification and we couldn’t be happier to have this recognition affirming our work.”

Created and administered by Diversity Lab, Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certification requires that law firms consider at least 30% women, underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities and senior lateral positions.

“Achieving Mansfield Certification is a reflection of our collective efforts to move the needle toward a more diverse workplace,” said Linda Watson, co-chair of Clark Hill’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. “In recent years, we’ve launched initiatives and created new internal protocols to advance our goals. Our focus is on increasing the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers in firm management and leadership.”

As a reflection of its deep commitment to continuing to advance diversity and inclusion at the highest levels of firm leadership, Clark Hill has committed to the Mansfield Rule 6.0 Certification Process which is currently underway.


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