Certification Plus firm by Diversity Lab in September 2020, McGuireWoods has now committed to
becoming a Mansfield 5.0 firm. This will entail meeting new challenges and
further pushing existing boundaries to boost diversity in the firm and its
McGuireWoods is one of more than 160 law firms in the United States and
Canada participating in the yearlong Mansfield 5.0 certification program
beginning July 15, 2021. In its June 28, 2021,
announcement, Diversity Lab said commitments to the program grew by 90 percent since
last year’s program, with more than 45 new participants and expansion into
the UK planned for Mansfield 5.0 certification.
The Mansfield Rule has become the standard by which law firms track and
measure that they have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women,
lawyers from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, lawyers with
disabilities, and LGBTQ+ lawyers for top leadership roles, senior-level
lateral hiring, promotions into the equity partnership and participation in
client pitch meetings.
The Mansfield 5.0 program includes new challenges for firms seeking
Each firm must track its candidate pool in a disaggregated manner,
prompting the firm to measure the impact of the Mansfield Rule by each
underrepresented group. Firms must also include a self-identification
option for Middle Eastern/North African identity, a demographic often
overlooked in self-identification options.
Firms must consider at least 30 percent underrepresented lawyers for
nominations to Chambers USA to increase these lawyers’
external visibility with clients and in the marketplace.
Firms must consider 30 percent underrepresented individuals when hiring
and promoting C-level or other senior-level professional staff roles.
In addition, law firms pursuing Mansfield Certification Plus as part of the
Mansfield 5.0 program — which indicates that they have not only considered,
but achieved 30 percent representation of underrepresented lawyers in many
of the Mansfield Rule’s categories — will be asked to heighten the
transparency of their partner compensation criteria and processes by
publishing and making them available to all lawyers in the firm.
Participating in the Mansfield 5.0 program strongly aligns with
McGuireWoods’ strategy regarding diversity and inclusion
to focus on leadership, not just numbers. The firm’s Diverse Associates
Leadership Program and Women’s Leadership Development Forum were designed
to equip top-performing associates of color and women and LGBTQ+ associates
with the leadership skills essential to their development and advancement
into the partnership ranks of the firm.
Several years ago, the firm adopted the Rooney Rule when recruiting
associates to ensure that women and attorneys of color are candidates for
all open positions managed by the Attorney Recruitment & Professional
Development Team. McGuireWoods’ implementation of the Rooney Rule pre-dated
the announcement of the Mansfield Rule. The early adoption helped the firm
increase the diversity of its associate population, including increased
numbers of women, lawyers of color, and lawyers from the LGBTQ+ community.
As of July 1, 2021, 64 percent of McGuireWoods associates are historically