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Cantor Colburn Increases Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts with Mansfield Rule Participation

Cantor Colburn LLP is pursuing Mansfield Rule Certification, which aims to increase the representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership. The Mansfield Rule certification process takes place over 18 months and was created by Diversity Lab to ensure participating law firms are deliberate in their diversity hiring. It is specifically designed to boost the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities. Cantor Colburn is among 70 other midsize law firms beginning the process this week and working toward becoming certified in March of 2023.

“A diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment is a core value of the Firm,” said Michael Cantor, Co-Managing Partner of Cantor Colburn.  “We believe that when we incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices systemically, we are better able to attract, retain, and promote the best talent, create an environment where our workforce functions at the highest level, and provide the best service to our clients.”

Cantor Colburn has taken steps over the past year to formalize its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts.  This includes the formation of the Equity Advancement Committee (EAC) that has taken the lead to champion the Firm’s DEI initiatives and strategy.  The EAC consists of the following members: Karl Barr, Michelle Ciotola, Steve Coyle, and Karl Vick, Partners; Jessica Lister, Director of Marketing; and Marnie Rubin, Director of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer. 

“We are pursuing Mansfield Certification because Diversity Lab has shown this is an effective way for law firms to increase diversity in leadership,” said Phil Colburn, Co-Managing Partner of Cantor Colburn. “We are interested in measurable, concrete successes.”

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