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Our Diversity Equity and Inclusion initiative is not a program we measure in numbers alone; it’s an investment in our people and it’s designed to help diverse individuals truly succeed at Adams and Reese.

We look beyond the numbers
We want every person at Adams and Reese to know he or she can succeed here through dedication and hard work. We believe all of our people should be given every opportunity to do substantive work, advance their careers and develop their own client relationships.

Mansfield Rule Participating Law Firm
Adams and Reese LLP is a proud participant Mansfield Rule participation badgein the Mansfield Rule Certification process. The goal of the Mansfield Rule is to boost the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers in law firm leadership, by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities. Now entering its fifth year, the Mansfield Rule has become the standard by which law firms track and measure that they have affirmatively considered at least thirty percent women and lawyers from historically underrepresented groups for top leadership roles, senior-level lateral hiring, promotions into the equity partnership, and participation in client pitch meetings.

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Diversity is not a new idea at Adams and Reese
We formed our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee in the 1980s. Since then, we have been constantly evaluating what we are doing to ensure that our efforts align with what our clients want and need, the firm’s strategic plan and our “people first” philosophy.

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Chairman is Clarence Wilbon, Partner, Memphis.

Read a message from Clarence about the firm's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts in 2021.

Clarence Wilbon

Clarence Wilbon
Chairman of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Adams and Reese has been listed among the Top 200 Law Firms in Diversity on the American Lawyer Media Diversity Scorecard since 2008.