Loeb & Loeb is pleased to announce that the firm has been awarded Mansfield 5.0 certification by Diversity Lab and is currently participating in its Mansfield 6.0 certification round, ending July 2023. Diversity Lab is a renowned incubator for innovative ideas and solutions that boost diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across the practice of law, particularly around advancing historically underrepresented lawyers to positions of leadership in the profession.
Achieving Mansfield certification each year requires completing a rigorous 12-month collaboration with Diversity Lab with built-in measurement, transparency and accountability. The Mansfield certification measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30% of historically underrepresented lawyers for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions.
“The goals of equity, inclusion and accountability represented by the Mansfield Rule are deeply embedded in the firm’s culture. Participating in the certification process is an important part of our firm’s strategic DEI efforts and will help us ensure that we continue to invest in the kinds of training, resources and infrastructure that we know will have a demonstrable impact on diversity, equity and inclusion at every level of the firm. We are proud to be a Mansfield certified firm,” said Loeb Chairman Kenneth Florin.
“Mansfield certification reinforces the firm’s commitment to ensuring that we are considering a diverse array of candidates for all roles and helps leadership maintain a broad mindset when evaluating who can be a future leader at the firm,” added Jennifer Davda, chief diversity officer at Loeb.
The firm participates in several programs aimed at developing and supporting a pipeline of diverse leaders. Expanding beyond Mansfield certification, the firm has actively participated in the Diversity Lab OnRamp Fellowship program, which sets a goal to bring female lawyers who have taken a career hiatus back into the legal profession. We also are active members of the Legal Council on Leadership Diversity, most recently being recognized with its Compass Award and as a Top Performer.
Internally, the firm has several programs and affinity groups that help lawyers from historically underrepresented groups build community and seek mentorship. These include ACED (Attorneys of Color and Ethnic Diversity), Black@Loeb, Women’s LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment, Advancement, Development) Network and Loeb Pride (LGBTQ+), all of which provide additional support to the firm’s diverse and women lawyers.
The firm’s commitment to DEI and participation in benchmarking standards such as the Mansfield initiative has resulted in measurable impact and a significant increase in representation of diverse and women lawyers on the firm’s Board of Partners and at the capital and income partner levels.
More information on Diversity Lab’s Mansfield initiative is available here.