Goodwin achieved Diversity Lab's Mansfield Rule 6.0 certification after completing a 12-month certification program aimed at diversifying leadership. The certification attests that Goodwin affirmatively considered (i) at least 30% women, lawyers from historically excluded racial/ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities when appointing to leadership roles and promoting into the equity partnership, among a dozen other activities that focus on the path to leadership, and (ii) 30% diverse talent for C-suite roles.
Diversity Lab is an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law. The Mansfield Rule is named after Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to the practice of law in the United States in 1869. This marks Goodwin's sixth consecutive year of Mansfield Rule certification, which was first issued to the firm in 2018. Goodwin initially adopted the Mansfield Rule to help facilitate a more effective approach to identifying, documenting, and addressing diversity-related gaps in the composition of the firm's partnership and leadership.
A commitment to being diverse, equitable, and inclusive is one of our Core Principles at Goodwin, and we believe that honoring this commitment makes us stronger as a firm, as a provider of legal services, and as an employer. We recognize that equity demands a diverse workforce and legal profession, and achieving the Mansfield Rule has been an important step in our DEI journey.
Learn more about Goodwin’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.