Munger Tolles Pilots Program to Advance Women in Law

Munger, Tolles & Olson announced on June 6, 2017 that it is implementing the Mansfield Rule to create additional opportunities for women and attorneys of color to advance within the firm and with clients.

Inspired by the NFL’s Rooney Rule, the Mansfield Rule measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered women lawyers and attorneys of color – at least 30 percent of the candidate pool – for significant leadership roles in the firm.

In implementing the Mansfield Rule – named for Arabella Mansfield, the first woman in the United States to obtain a license to practice law – Munger Tolles will track its consideration of women and attorneys of color for open leadership roles.

Law firms that successfully pilot the Mansfield Rule over the next year will be designated “Mansfield Certified” and have the opportunity to send their recently promoted diverse partners to a two-day Client Forum in late 2018 to build relationships with and learn from influential in-house counsel.

“Adoption of the Mansfield Rule is an important step both for our firm and the industry as we certify our shared commitment to ensuring leadership opportunities for women and attorneys of color,” said Rose Leda Ehler, co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative, who will work to implement the Mansfield Rule.

Munger Tolles lawyers were part of the team that developed the Mansfield Rule idea, which was named a “crowd favorite” during the first annual Women in Law Hackathon, which brought together more than 80 law firm partners, expert advisors and Stanford Law students to formulate initiatives to advance women in the legal profession.

“We were very proud to be part of the team that developed the idea for the Mansfield Rule and are now equally enthusiastic about working to implement it in our firm,” said Mark B. Helm, co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Initiative, who participated in the Hackathon.