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Category Archives: Diversity & Inclusion

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Wiley Rein Welcomes Students from Thurgood Marshall Academy

Posted in Community Events, Community Service, Diversity & Inclusion
On July 14, while many Washington-area students were cooling off at the pool, 120 rising ninth-graders from Thurgood Marshall Academy participated in a Summer Law Day event here at the firm! This year’s Law Day kicked off with an early-morning breakfast training session for our attorneys participating in the program – and once the students… Continue Reading

Wiley Rein Supports NALP/Street Law Program for Fourth Consecutive Year

Posted in Community Events, Community Service, Diversity & Inclusion
  For the fourth year in a row, the firm hosted a legal career conference for high school students as part of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP)/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program. This initiative encourages high school students to pursue careers in the law and aims to increase diversity in the legal profession,… Continue Reading

N Street Village Luncheon

Posted in Community Service, Diversity & Inclusion
On Thursday, June 9, Wiley Rein had the honor of being a lead sponsor for N Street Village’s 10th annual Empowerment Luncheon. Even more exciting was the announcement from keynote speaker Oprah Winfrey that she would be pledging $1 million to the nonprofit organization. N Street Village is known for its focus on providing both emergency and long-term services… Continue Reading

Wiley Rein Supports Street Law for Third Consecutive Year

Posted in Community Events, Community Service, Diversity & Inclusion, Firm Wide Events, Outreach
Yesterday marked the conclusion of the firm’s third year sponsoring the National Association for Law Placement (NALP)/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, an initiative that encourages high school students to pursue careers in the legal industry. The program aims to increase diversity in the legal profession by teaching high school students about legal concepts and… Continue Reading

George Washington University LAMBDA Law Networking Reception

Posted in Diversity & Inclusion, Law School Outreach & Events
Last week, Wiley Rein was one of only three firms to sponsor the George Washington University Lambda Law Diversity Networking Reception at the highest level. Held at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Center, the event has become one of the most distinguished diversity receptions for area law students, law firms, and government and nonprofit organizations.… Continue Reading

Street Law Kickoff

Posted in Community Events, Diversity & Inclusion, Outreach
On Friday, March 11, attorneys gathered for lunch to kick off the firm’s third year of participation in the NALP/ Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program. Street Law aims to increase diversity in the legal profession by introducing high school students to legal concepts and career opportunities within the legal industry. Our attorneys will teach… Continue Reading

What if I Say the Wrong Thing?

Posted in Diversity & Inclusion, Recruiting, Training Programs
This afternoon, Wiley Rein welcomed Vernā Myers, a renowned diversity and inclusion speaker, who led a discussion on bias that was attended by nearly 100 people. During her presentation—titled “What If I Say the Wrong Thing?”—Vernā explained how all individuals have their own “cultural lens” based on their backgrounds and experiences. Instead of shying away from “uncomfortable”… Continue Reading

Wiley Rein Proudly Supports APABA-DC Awards and Installation Gala

Posted in Bar Association Events, Diversity & Inclusion
Wiley Rein attorneys Shawn Chang, Edgar Class, Sonali Gunawardhana, Samantha Lee, George Petel, and Kay Tatum spent last Friday celebrating the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC (APABA-DC) at their Annual Awards and Installation Gala. A Wiley Rein client, two 2015 summer associates, and a spouse also attended the event, which was held at… Continue Reading

Street Law Diversity Pipeline Program

Posted in Community Service, Diversity & Inclusion, Firm Wide Events, Outreach
For the second consecutive year, volunteers from Wiley Rein and Verizon partnered with Anacostia High School to participate in the Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, an initiative that aims to expose students to the many careers available to them within the legal industry. In early April, Wiley Rein and Verizon attorneys visited the high… Continue Reading

An Evening with Federal Circuit Judge Jimmie Reyna

Posted in Bar Association Events, Diversity & Inclusion
Last week, Wiley Rein hosted the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC) for a reception featuring Federal Circuit Judge Jimmie Reyna.  Charlie Lemley, the chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, kicked off the event by welcoming the audience before turning it over to the Judge. Over the course of the… Continue Reading

WALRAA’s 8-Minute Networking Event and Reception

Posted in Community Events, Diversity & Inclusion, Law School Outreach & Events, Outreach, Recruiting
On Wednesday evening, Samantha Lee and Jillian Volkmar participated in the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association’s (WALRAA) 11th Annual 8-Minute Networking Event and Reception.  Sponsored by WALRAA’s Diversity Committee, the program provided an opportunity for Sam and Jillian to meet first-year law students from local law schools before we begin recruiting for our 2016… Continue Reading

Street Law Kick Off!

Posted in Diversity & Inclusion, Outreach
  On Friday, Wiley Rein and Verizon attorneys gathered for a training session to kick off the firm’s second year of participation in the NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, which encourages diverse high school students to pursue careers in the legal field.  As part of this initiative, Wiley Rein and Verizon attorneys will teach… Continue Reading

Hispanic National Bar Association Convention Returns to DC

Posted in Bar Association Events, Diversity & Inclusion
For the first time since 2005, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) held its Annual Convention in Washington, DC.  Over 1,500 people attended, including Wiley Rein attorneys Edgar Class, Anna Gomez, and Alan Hernandez.  The convention’s theme, “Unidos in Washington: Our Struggle, Our Progress,” was intended to bring awareness to all that has been accomplished… Continue Reading

A Night of Celebration with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Posted in Bar Association Events, Diversity & Inclusion
On Friday evening, Floyd Chapman, Sonali Gunawardhana, Ben Kohr, Samantha Lee, Charlie Lemley, Jessica Rosenthal, Joan Stewart, Jillian Volkmar, one of our distinguished alumni, and a 2014 summer associate gathered for APABA-DC’s 2014 Annual Awards and Installation Gala.  The event, held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, attracted more than 250 attorneys,… Continue Reading

Summer Associates Travel Around Wiley

Posted in Diversity & Inclusion, Recruiting, Summer Associates, Summer Program Events
Last night, summer associates and members of the Wiley Rein’s Women’s Forum attended a happy hour where they celebrated the conclusion of our “Passport Challenge.”  The challenge was a friendly competition amongst the summer associates to see who could meet the most Wiley Rein Women’s Forum members. Cara Lasley, a summer associate who participated in… Continue Reading

WALRAA Summer in the Capital Event

Posted in Diversity & Inclusion, Recruiting
Last night, Anna Gomez and Karen Toto and attended “Summer in the Capital: A Fall Recruitment Preview for Students & Employers,” sponsored by The Diversity Committee of the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association.  The event, which attracted students from both local and non-local law schools, provided an opportunity for Anna and Karen to meet diverse, rising… Continue Reading

NALP/Street Law Classroom Visits and One Day Conference

Posted in Diversity & Inclusion
On April 23 and April 24, Wiley Rein attorneys visited The Academies at Anacostia to teach high school students about contracts law and the Fourth Amendment.  On April 29, the students returned to Wiley Rein for a one day law conference, where they participated in interactive workshops with Wiley Rein’s attorneys to build upon the… Continue Reading

APABA Educational Fund Dinner

Posted in Diversity & Inclusion
Wiley Rein was proud to be a Sustainer Level Sponsor at this year’s Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Educational Fund Dinner. Eight Wiley Rein attorneys attended the event, which was held at the National Press Club.  Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California, served as the Keynote Speaker and Stan Lou and… Continue Reading

DC Road Shows Promote Diversity in the Legal Profession

Posted in Diversity & Inclusion
Wiley Rein was delighted to once again participate in several DC Road Shows!  Ted Howard, a partner in our Insurance practice, served as a panelist at the George Washington Road Show; Jerita Salley, an associate in Wiley Rein’s Corporate Practice, served as coordinator for the Georgetown Road Show; and Derick Holt, an associate in our… Continue Reading

Street Law Training: Bringing Law into the Classroom

Posted in Diversity & Inclusion
Wiley Rein is excited to be participating in the Street Law Firm Diversity Pipeline Program this year!  This program partners law firms with diverse high school law classes in an effort to increase students’ knowledge and interest in legal careers. We had an excellent turnout at our recent training where attorneys planned their classroom visits… Continue Reading