SAN FRANCISCO, 20 August, 2018 – Reed Smith today achieved Mansfield Certification after completing the inaugural one-year Mansfield Rule pilot. The firm is among 41 trailblazing firms to achieve this certification.

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The Mansfield Rule measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered women and attorneys of color for at least 30 percent of leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, and senior lateral positions. The Mansfield Rule was one of the winning ideas from the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon hosted by Diversity Lab in collaboration with Bloomberg Law and Stanford Law School.

The goal of the Mansfield Rule is to boost the representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities. To achieve the Mansfield Rule objectives, participating law firms had to first establish a baseline metric by which they could assess and analyze their talent pipelines.