Marshall Gerstein Once Again Achieves Mansfield Rule Certified Plus by Diversity Lab
Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP is pleased to announce that our firm has once again achieved Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule Plus Certification status for midsize firms in the 2022-2023i cohort. . This achievement underscores the firm’s continuous efforts toward its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession, and is just one of many accolades and achievements in this area that the firm has attained in the past decade.
“We are thankful to organizations like The Diversity Lab for their leadership in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal industry,” said Jeffrey Sharp, Marshall Gerstein’s Managing Partner. “Our firm is dedicated to building a workplace that encourages talent from all walks of life to aspire to be leaders, and it’s recognitions like these that keep moving the needle forward and help us benchmark our progress.”
The Mansfield Rule Certification was created by Diversity Lab in 2017 for large law firms and was later adapted for midsize firms in 2020. The new Midsize Mansfield Certification requires that firms consider at least 30% underrepresented racial and ethnic lawyers, women lawyers, lawyers with disabilities and LGBTQ+ lawyers for equity and partner promotions, lateral lawyer hiring, leadership and governance roles, and formal client pitches. Firms are also expected to demonstrate transparency on pathways to leadership and written leadership role descriptions.
Marshall Gerstein has gone above these basic requirements to achieve the Mansfield Plus Certification distinction, which was achieved by only half of certified firms this year.
Marshall Gerstein joins a class of 70 midsize firms that have collaborated with Diversity Lab for the past 18 months. Since the midsize program’s inception in 2020, 140 firms have achieved Mansfield Rule Certification status.
About Diversity Lab
Diversity Lab is an incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity and inclusion in law. Experimental ideas are created through our Hackathons and piloted in collaboration with more than 250 top law firms and legal departments across the country. 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.