A blog about recruiting happenings, summer experiences, diversity initiatives, and everything else in-between.

Five Associates Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Posted in Fall Associates

On February 24, 2017, five of Wiley Rein’s newest associates were sworn in to the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Associates Colin Cloherty, Ashley Criss, John Lin, Alex Merritt, and Derrick Petit, all of whom started at the firm last fall, were admitted to the court. Their memberships were sponsored by Ari Meltzer, a senior associate at the firm.

Congratulations to Colin, Ashley, John, Alex, and Derrick!

Associates Ashley Criss, Colin Cloherty, Alex Merritt, John Lin, and Derrick Petit posing with their Certificates after the ceremony.

Ashley Criss, Colin Cloherty, Alex Merritt, John Lin, and Derrick Petit pose with their Certificates after the ceremony.


Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. – Day of Service at Bread for the City

Posted in Community Events, Community Service, Firm Wide Events, Outreach
Cynthia Galvez, Amanda Lutz, Saskia Mooney and daughter, Rachel Hunnicutt and daughter, Molly Peterson, and Yvette Young and close friend represent Wiley at Bread for the City!

Cynthia Galvez, Amanda Lutz, Saskia Mooney & daughter, Rachel Hunnicutt & daughter, Molly Peterson, and Yvette Young and close friend represent Wiley at Bread for the City!

On Monday, January 16, Wiley Rein had the opportunity to again serve its community in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by participating in the MLK Day of Service at Bread for the City. Wiley Rein lawyers, staff, and family members visited Bread for the City’s Southeast location to organize the shopping area and storage room, as well as sort through donated clothing to help provide a well-stocked and organized clothing department for the cold winter months!

Rachel Hunnicutt, co-chair of the firm’s Community Service Committee, helped lead this effort, and reported that it was a great success and a great opportunity to give back to our community! Thank you so much to our awesome volunteers for participating in the 2017 MLK Day of Service!

Amanda Lutz and Sasika Mooney are hard at work organizing clothes in the shopping room!

Amanda Lutz and Saskia Mooney are hard at work organizing clothes in the shopping room at Bread for the City!

Matt Beato, Leland Jones, Robert Benton & son, and Derrick Petit take a break from sorting clothes to show their Wiley Rein support!

Matt Beato, Leland Jones, Robert Benton & son, and Derrick Petit take a break from sorting clothes to show their Wiley Rein support!









Celebrating Wiley Rein’s Pro Bono Accomplishments!

Posted in Community Events, Firm Wide Events, Outreach, Pro Bono

Pro Bono Awards

Wiley Rein held its fourth annual Pro Bono Program Celebration on October 25, celebrating 22 attorneys for their significant commitment and contributions to pro bono matters. These matters range from helping groups with 501(c)(3) applications to defending individuals’ civil rights, and representing children, immigrants, prisoners, students, and countless others.

The Pro Bono Committee is very proud of all the hard work attorneys and staff have dedicated to the pro bono efforts of the firm this year. Wiley Rein prides itself on a strong and rich tradition of service to the local and global community, which our firm has lived up to fully. For the past two years, Wiley Rein has been named to Washington Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy list for its contributions to charitable organizations on both a local and national level.

Ted Howard, the firm’s full-time Pro Bono Partner, reflected that:

We are grateful to our colleagues for the thousands of hours they have donated to our pro bono initiatives over the past year, providing crucial assistance to a wide range of organizations and individuals who might not otherwise have had access to legal counsel.

Please join us in congratulating our Pro Bono Awardees!

Moshe Broder

Tyler Brown

Katie Campbell

Edgar Class

Maddie Cohen

Craig Fansler

B’anca Glenn

Dylan Hix

Umair Javed

Luke Karamyalil

Shane Kelly

Jillian Laughna

Madi Lottenbach

Andrew McBride

Nicholas Peterson

Dwayne Sam

Jeremy Schofer

Meredith Singer

Craig Smith

Kay Tatum

Brian Walsh

Jen Williams



Big Win at Nationals Park!

Posted in Recruiting, Summer Associates, Summer Program Events

Last week, more than 60 Wiley Rein attorneys and summer associates enjoyed a gorgeous night at the Nationals’ ballpark and a big win against the Cincinnati Reds. Our summer associates and attorneys enthusiastically cheered on the home team as they scored 13 runs against the Reds’ 4.

This annual event of the summer program is a great way for summer associates and attorneys alike to take a break, relax, and get to know one another better, while enjoying some delicious ballpark fare.

It was an exciting game for everyone and especially for a few of our summer associates who had never attended a Nationals game before! The night was hard to beat, as Ted Brackemyre, a 2016 summer associate, said:

“I was definitely spoiled in my first trip to Nationals Park – between the great weather, food, and company, I am not sure how my next game could match Thursday night.”

Go Nats!



(Left to right): Summer Associates Hume Ross, Lindy Bathurst, Ken Daines, Sarah Hansen, and Yvette Sokei

(Left to right): 2016 Summer Associates Hume Ross, Lindy Bathurst, Ken Daines, Sarah Hansen, and Yvette Sokei.

Row 1 (left to right) Kara Sacilotto, Shawn Donovan, Ted Brackemyre. Row 2 (left to right) Nate Lovett and Jeremy Broggi.  Also pictured is Jeremy’s wife Chesed

Row 1 (left to right) Kara Sacilotto, Shawn Donovan, Ted Brackemyre. Row 2 (left to right) Nate Lovett and Jeremy Broggi. Also pictured is Jeremy’s wife Chesed.













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 to homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC. Since its creation in 1972, N Street Village has assisted thousands of women who struggle with homelessness, poverty, and health problems by providing housing, medical care, mental health and addiction recovery programs, and peer mentorship programs. Oprah acknowledged this in her speech, saying:

“In life, we all want to know: Do you hear me? Do you see me? Everyone who works at N Street Village understands that principle. They know that every woman who comes through those doors wants to be seen, heard, and to know that her life matters.”

Wiley Rein has strong ties to N Street Village; Managing Partner Peter Shields chairs the Board of Directors and was a lead sponsor of the luncheon, and many of our attorneys have dedicated countless hours and resources to support the organization. The firm’s relationship with N Street Village is a key part of the firm’s commitment to community service—which, along with our fundraising and pro bono efforts, has had a significant impact on more than 450 different nonprofit organizations. As a result, the firm was named No. 2 on the Washington Business Journal’s 2015 Corporate Philanthropy list for mid-size companies.

Along with Petermany others from Wiley Rein attended the event, including Rachel Alexander, Kim Ashmore, Shawn Chang, Claire Evans, B’anca Glenn, Chris Huther, Kathy Kirby, Kevin Muhlendorf, Kay Nash, Nick Peterson, Dot Powell-Woodson, Neal Seth, Dan Standish, and Kay Tatum.

More coverage of the event can be found at Market Wired, The Washington Post, and FOX 5.

Kickoff to the 2016 Summer Program

Posted in Mentor/Mentee, Recruiting, Summer Associates, Summer Program Events

On Monday, May 23, the firm welcomed the 2016 Summer Class, whose members will be with us for the next 10 weeks. The first few days were filled with orientation, which gave the summer associates a taste of the firm’s culture, structure, committees, and departments. Additionally, Brett Shumate and Dwayne Sam, both members of the firm’s Appellate, Litigation, and Telecom, Media and Technology practices, led a Legal Writing Workshop to help the summers prepare for their first assignment.

There were also numerous social activities that allowed the summer associates an opportunity to interact with attorneys from across all practice areas. They enjoyed lunch with their mentors, attended a Meet & Greet reception with delicious treats from four area food trucks, and went to a welcome dinner at the Ritz-Carlton with members of the firm’s Recruiting and Management Committees. The week concluded with a breakfast with their mentors and the chairs of the Recruiting Committee.

It’s hard to believe the first week is already over, but we’re looking forward to this week as Practice Area Presentations will begin!


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 introducing them to career opportunities within the legal industry.

Through Wiley Rein’s participation, attorneys visited The Academies at Anacostia last week to teach senior high school students about contracts law. On April26, the students returned to the firm for a one-day law conference, where they participated in interactive workshops, including a mock trial and simulated negotiation. The conference concluded with a lunch where attorneys and staff spoke openly with students about their careers, education, and professional backgrounds.NALP (3)

Floyd Chapman, Peyton Curdts, Mary Sylvia, and Kurt DeSoto attended the Annual Street Law Celebration Dinner held last night at The Fairmont. It was the perfect way to conclude this year’s efforts, and we look forward to keeping in touch with these bright students and supporting Street Law’s initiatives in the future.

Thank you to Stephanie Bell, Robert Benton, Louisa Brooks, Floyd Chapman, Laura El-Sabaawi, Cynthia Galvez, Derick Holt, Rachel Hunnicutt, Colleen King, Madi Lottenbach, Greg Masters, Brandon Moss, Kendra Norwood, Brian Pandya, Bennett Ross, Katy Ross, Dwayne Sam, Kat Scott, Mary Sylvia, and Jennifer Williams for the time they devoted to this fantastic program!

A press release on Wiley ReinNALP (7)‘s involvement may be found here.

Wiley Rein – One of the Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys

Posted in Diversity & Inclusion, Women's Forum

Wiley Rein is very proud to be on Law360’s 2016 list of “The 100 Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys”—and one of only six firms in the Washington, DC area to make this year’s list.

Wiley Rein is committed to recruiting and retaining female attorneys through a variety of programs and networking events, and values women in important leadership roles (for example, a woman serves as either a chair or co-chair of nearly every firm committee). Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee (chaired by Anna Gomez and co-chaired by Floyd Chapman and Mary Sylvia) works to enhance the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts in recruiting and advancing minority and women attorneys through outreach, mentoring, and a robust professional development program.

Additionally, our Women’s Forum (led by Rachel A. Alexander, Laura El-Sabaawi, and Rachel Hunnicutt), an affinity group for female attorneys, is a resource and asset to the entire firm and focuses on professional and business development with an emphasis on women’s initiatives. Programming ranges from informal lunches with member spotlights to client and speaker events. All summer associates are encouraged to participate in any of the firm’s affinity group activities throughout their summer at Wiley Rein.

Law360 named firms to the list based on four factors: The percentage of partners, both equity and non-equity, who are women; the percentage of non-partners who are women; the split between the firm’s female partner percentage and female non-partner percentage; and the number of female attorneys at the firm. Law360 pointed out that “for the firms that nabbed spots on the list, the number of women at all levels of the firm shows that firm leaders are finding some new ways to open doors and increase diversity.”

We look forward to continuing to support women, and their success and satisfaction will remain a top priority at Wiley Rein.

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. It provides a wonderful opportunity for professionals and students to network before on-campus interviews begin.

“The event, as in prior years, was very well attended, especially by 1Ls from GW and elsewhere,” commented Mike Gridley, of counsel in our Insurance Practice. “We were able to chat with lots of students and had a wonderful time!”

Thank you to Shawn Chang, Mike Gridley, Rachel Hunnicutt, Joe Kakesh, and Nicole Richardson for attending. We look forward to supporting again next year!



2016 March Madness Charity Bracket Challenge

Posted in Associate Events, Community Events, Community Service, Firm Wide Events, Pro Bono

Last week, Wiley Rein kicked off its Sixth Annual March Madness Charity Bracket Challenge. This event is much anticipated throughout the year as it provides both attorneys and professional staff the opportunity to join in the excitement of March Madness while also supporting The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. Participants donate money to these organizations for each bracket they enter. At the conclusion of the March Madness games, the top three finishers receive prizes, including round-trip airline tickets!

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (WLC) provides pro bono legal representation to individuals and groups seeking access to equal justice under law. Several of our attorneys are active members of the WLC, including Ted Howard, the firm’s Pro Bono Partner, who serves on its Board of Directors.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia was created in 1932 with the goal of making justice real – in individual and systematic ways – for persons living in poverty in the District of Columbia. In addition to providing direct representation, the organization helps clients avoid unnecessary legal entanglements through outreach and education.

The firm generously agreed to match all contributions, and we are excited to have raised nearly $9,000! We are happy to support two wonderful organizations and cannot wait to find out the results of the Bracket Challenge!