The primary goal of the Mansfield Rule is to increase diversity in law firm leadership and Barnes & Thornburg achieved just that by way of the following data points from our Mansfield 5.0 certification journey:
When initially determining Barnes & Thornburg’s participation in Mansfield, we wanted to make sure that it was something that would be legitimately useful for our clients and for us. We jumped in unanimously and definitively and are proud to have met 100 percent of the Mansfield 5.0 certification categories.
“The Mansfield Rule program has grown to be a recognized model that creates mindfulness and drives accountability in an authentic way in law firms that increasingly seek alignment with their clients’ values. It works beyond simply creating a set of boxes to be checked. Instead, it drives real change and is good business.”
– Dawn Rosemond, Firm Diversity Partner
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are not just initiatives or programs at Barnes & Thornburg. Instead, all are part of our long-standing core values, fully and deliberately integrated into the way we do business. Our mission is simple: to position all of our talent to win – individually, collectively, and for our clients. Through conscious programming, engaged sponsorship, and the continual internal and external investment of time, talent, and resources, we are building and sustaining an inclusive, respectful, and open culture made up of accomplished individuals of all backgrounds. This is who we've always been and we are now utilizing Mansfield to intensify this commitment.
Some of our recent recognitions include:
You might be reading this and thinking, the certification is great – the numbers look good and the badges are flashy, but what are they really doing? We walk the talk here at the firm. Below are just a few tangible examples of our commitment in action here at Barnes & Thornburg:
Mansfield 5.0 certification allows us to increase the pool of diverse lawyers who can handle and manage matters. By committing to this certification, we are helping historically underrepresented attorneys blaze a pathway to equity partnership and developing a pipeline of diverse talent.
Although we have accomplished Mansfield 5.0 certification, we are not done yet! Progress is rarely as easy or quick as we would like it to be, but we keep pushing to be better as our journey is never-ending. We are proud to say we will continue in this initiative as a Mansfield Rule 6.0 participant in the year ahead. Regardless, we are committed (and working right now) to ensuring that the spirit and letter of Mansfield are fully incorporated into the way we do business at Barnes & Thornburg.