For Fourth Straight Year, O’Melveny Achieves Mansfield Certification for Diverse Hiring and Promotion PracticesSeptember 13, 2021
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NEW YORK—September 13, 2021—For the fourth consecutive year, O’Melveny has achieved Mansfield Certification and “Certification Plus” status for its ongoing efforts to diversify its ranks. O’Melveny has been recognized by the Mansfield Program every year since the program’s inception.
Mansfield Certification is awarded to law firms that affirmatively consider at least 30 percent women, LGBTQ+, attorneys of color, and attorneys with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions.
“Certification Plus” indicates that a firm has successfully reached at least 30 percent women and minority lawyer representation in a number of current leadership roles and committees.
“We are proud to have once again achieved Mansfield certification,” said Jared Bartie, O’Melveny’s partner co-head of Diversity and Inclusion. “This recognition speaks directly to O’Melveny’s belief in the importance of diversity at our highest ranks.”
“At the same time, we know we must continue to do more and better,” added Darin Snyder, also partner co-head of Diversity and Inclusion. “We remain committed to pursuing the latest tools and strategies to make our firm a place where all our people can grow and thrive.”
The Mansfield Rule is intended to boost the representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities. Named for Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to the practice of law in the United States, the initiative grew out of the 2016 Women in Law Hackathon hosted by Diversity Lab in collaboration with Bloomberg Law and Stanford Law School, which counted O’Melveny among its participants.
O’Melveny received its certification after completing the Mansfield Rule 4.0 twelve-month certification program.
O’Melveny has been at the forefront of the effort to eliminate inherent bias in the hiring and promotion process. In 2019, O’Melveny became the first US law firm to use Pymetrics—a series of objective behavior-based games—to evaluate candidates’ potential while minimizing recruiters’ implicit bias.
O’Melveny has received numerous accolades for its diversity and inclusion initiatives. The firm was recently ranked #1 on The American Lawyer’s prestigious A-List, which takes a holistic view of law firms including racial and gender diversity. O’Melveny also recently ranked #2 for Overall Diversity by Vault.
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