Barnes & Thornburg has earned Mansfield 6.0 certification after a yearlong review by Diversity Lab.
Diversity Lab, which recognizes law firms for their demonstrated commitment to diversity based on a structured certification process, has recognized Barnes & Thornburg as among the law firms that have achieved diversity in its leadership roles in 2022-2023.
Mansfield 6.0 certification measures the structural changes and steps the firm has taken over the past year to ensure its paths to leadership – including lateral hiring, client pitch teams, promotions, appointments, and more – are open and transparent to all qualified lawyers.
Mansfield certification also focuses on broadening the slate of talent considered for the aforementioned opportunities by considering qualified talent that included at least 30 percent historically underrepresented lawyers – such as women, underrepresented racial and ethnic lawyers, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities.
Barnes & Thornburg undertook this effort alongside other firms and with the support of clients and legal departments that are also participating in Mansfield. Like them, the firm remains dedicated to opening the door wider to all qualified lawyers.
“The data is there. Mansfield’s methodology has proven to work and I am thrilled to use it to continue making a tangible difference at Barnes & Thornburg,” said Dawn R. Rosemond, firm diversity partner. “However, the real change is seen in the way the firm has incorporated the spirit and letter of Mansfield into the way it does business.”
Barnes & Thornburg is continuing its Mansfield journey by participating in the Mansfield 7.0 cohort.
Diversity Lab is an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law. Diversity Lab 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.
With more than 800 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg is one of the largest law firms in the country. The firm serves clients worldwide from offices in Atlanta, Boston, California, Chicago, Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, South Florida, Texas and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit us online at www.btlaw.com or on Twitter @BTLawNews.