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New take on 'Mansfield Rule' sets In-House diversity goals

Meghan Tribe writes in The National Law Journal, "The Mansfield Rule isn’t just for law firms anymore.

On Thursday the Diversity Lab, an incubator focused on diversity and inclusion issues in the legal industry, launched the newest iteration of its campaign to boost diversity in legal departments and outside counsel ranks.

“Mansfield Rule: Legal Department Edition” will require participating in-house legal teams to consider at least 50 percent women, minority lawyers, LGBTQ+ lawyers and lawyers with disabilities as applicants for key leadership roles. Legal departments that sign on are also asked to consider at least 50 percent diverse lawyers for outside counsel hires for new or expanded work.

The requirements are more demanding than the 30 percent requirement for law firms that the Diversity Lab set when it first launched the Mansfield Rule campaign in June 2017. The Diversity Lab and its CEO Caren Ulrich Stacy took inspiration from the National Football League’s so-called Rooney Rule, naming their own effort after Arabella Mansfield, the first female lawyer in the U.S." READ MORE>>

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