March 31, 2016
Fish & Richardson Recognized with Mansfield 6.0 Certification Plus from Diversity Lab
Fish & Richardson has earned Mansfield 6.0 Certification Plus from Diversity Lab for successfully maintaining at least 30% diverse lawyer representation in current leadership roles.
"Fish remains committed to supporting and raising up our next-gen leaders from diverse backgrounds,” said Director of Diversity & Inclusion Whitney Smallwood. "Taking part in the Mansfield Certification process continues to be an important benchmark for DEI initiatives that encourage us to meet and exceed our goals.”
The Mansfield Certification evaluates whether law firms have considered at least 30% women, attorneys of color, LGBTQ+ attorneys, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions. The “Plus” designation showcases Fish’s progress in increasing inclusivity and was only awarded to half of the certified firms this year.
This certification was awarded following a 12-month process, which included frequent firm check-ins, data collection, and monthly group knowledge-sharing meetings. Fish has earned the Mansfield Certification each year since its launch in 2017.
Fish continues to prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Furthering this commitment, Fish’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan provides benchmarks to promote a respectful and inclusive environment that values the diversity of people, experiences, capabilities, and perspectives. Elevating the diverse backgrounds at Fish ensures that all perspectives support and enhance the quality of legal services we provide to our clients.
To that end, Fish’s nine affinity and allyship groups cultivate community among attorneys and staff who share common backgrounds and interests and promote development and retention through enrichment opportunities and mentorship.
Earlier this year, Fish launched the School of Fish: STEM Careers in IP Law program designed to expose students from underrepresented communities to career paths in the legal profession. Designed for students pursuing graduate or undergraduate degrees in science or engineering, this free educational series helps participants gain a basic understanding of intellectual property law and learn what steps they need to take to achieve their career goals.
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