McDermott Recognized as a Top Law Firm for Diversity Hires and Promotional Opportunities - McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Recognized as a Top Law Firm for Diversity Hires and Promotional Opportunities


International law firm McDermott Will & Emery has received Mansfield Rule Plus 4.0 Certification for 2021. In addition to meeting baseline certification requirements, the Firm successfully reached at least 30 percent diverse lawyer representation in a notable number of current leadership roles, giving McDermott “Plus” status.

The Mansfield Rule, created by Diversity Lab, is a well-known national movement whose focus is to increase diversity in law firm recruitment and internal promotions in the US. This test gauges whether top law firms have considered underrepresented lawyers like women, racial/ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions.

“This is an incredible accomplishment for McDermott and highlights our efforts to promote a safe and welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds,” Diversity Chair, Anthony Upshaw said. “It’s important for large firms to recognize their opportunities for growth in diversity and inclusion and provide possibilities for members of underrepresented communities who were denied in the past.”

Law firms participating in the Mansfield certification program are committed to diversifying their law firm leadership and broadening the pool of candidates for opportunities. McDermott has participated in the Mansfield Rule program since its inception in 2018, and are among 118 participants for 2020-2021 class.

To learn more about the Mansfield certification process, visit Diversity Lab’s website. Read Diversity Lab’s press release here.

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