Lowenstein Sandler is proud to have achieved Mansfield Rule 4.0 certification, which aims to increase the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers among law firm leadership.
The Mansfield Rule addresses the dearth of diverse attorneys in positions of law firm leadership by setting benchmarks to measure whether firms have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent female lawyers, lawyers of color, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions. Lowenstein is one of 118 major law firms that have achieved Mansfield 4.0 certification.
“The Mansfield Rule provides a valuable framework for the tracking, documentation, and constant improvement of our ongoing efforts to increase diversity across all of our firm’s initiatives, from recruiting and promotions to assembling pitch teams. The program’s tenets of transparency and accountability, in addition to the strategic guidance of our Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion, J. Danielle Carr, have helped us develop a deep bench of talent with a wide range of perspectives and experience that enhances our ability to best serve our clients, colleagues, and communities,” says Gary M. Wingens, the firm’s Chair and Managing Partner.
Mansfield 4.0 certification reflects Lowenstein’s commitment to advancing a diverse and inclusive workforce. The firm’s success is directly linked to a culture of diversity, inclusiveness, and respect for differing points of view. Lowenstein was recently honored for its commitment to diversity by being named one of Vault’s 2022 Best Law Firms for Diversity. The firm has committed to next year’s Mansfield 5.0 certification, as well.
The Mansfield Rule is an initiative launched by Diversity Lab, an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law. It was named in honor of Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to practice law in the United States, and it mirrors the NFL's Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for head coach positions.
Diversity Lab works with participating firms to measure their outcomes annually and, based on those outcomes, redefines the Mansfield Rule program to ensure that the goal of diversifying firm leadership progresses as inclusively and effectively as possible.
About Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Lowenstein Sandler is a national law firm with over 350 lawyers based in New York, Palo Alto, New Jersey, Utah, and Washington, D.C. The firm represents leaders in virtually every sector of the global economy, with particular emphasis on investment funds, life sciences, and technology. Recognized for its entrepreneurial spirit and high standard of client service, the firm is committed to the interests of its clients, colleagues, and communities.
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