This eighteen-month certification initiative is aimed at increasing diversity among hiring and within leadership roles.
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, is pleased announce its participation in the Midsize Mansfield Rule certification process. Established by Diversity Lab in 2020, this rigorous program is designed to increase the representation of diverse lawyers within the firm and in leadership positions by broadening the pool of candidates considered for entry-level and lateral attorney job openings, leadership opportunities, equity partner promotions, and opportunities to connect with clients, by increasing the number of attorneys who are women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, disabled, and/or members racial/ethnic minority populations.
“We are excited to participate in the Midsize Mansfield Rule certification process and take another step toward fulfilling our mission of integrating adaptive diversity, equity, and inclusion values in every aspect of our work,” said Kimberly I. Shimomura, Chair of Harter Secrest & Emery’s Inclusion and Equity Committee.
To be Midsize Mansfield Certified for 2022-2023, firms with between 25 and 150 lawyers are asked to consider at least 30% historically underrepresented lawyers for 60% or more of all hiring searches and openings, equity partner promotions, firm governance and managing partner roles, and formal client meetings and presentations over the certification period beginning in March 2022. HSE is currently one of 70 mid-sized law firms across the United States and Canada participating in the 18-month program.