As a law firm with national and international clients, Wiley Rein is committed to a professional workforce that reflects the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of our client base and our community. We believe our clients are enriched by working with a diverse group of exceptional attorneys who, through different perspectives and experiences, allow us to undertake more creative thinking and to produce more innovative solutions.
We have identified diversity as one of our priorities as we move forward, realizing that diversity at Wiley Rein is a function of recruitment, retention and advancement. We recruit by drawing attorneys from all backgrounds to work with, and eventually become, leaders in more than two dozen areas of law. Recognizing the success of our diverse attorneys, Jerita L. DeBraux Salley was honored as a 2013 “Idealist of the Year” for her efforts to “improve our community, nation or world through acts of service and volunteerism,” and Umair Javed was recently named to the Lawyers of Color’s Inaugural Hot List. The list acknowledges early-to-mid level attorneys who are performing particularly well in the legal industry.
Our Diversity Committee developed a 5-Year Diversity Plan that establishes a flexible blueprint to guide the diversity activities and efforts of the firm from 2011 through 2015. Under the committee’s direction, we continue to sponsor and support various events and initiatives where our attorneys devote hundreds of hours to annually attending, speaking and networking at local and national programs to further our diversity efforts. In addition to sponsorships of minority bar association and law student events, Wiley Rein recognizes the importance of continuous involvement in diverse pipeline activities for pre-law students who will undoubtedly shape the future of law firm life.
The firm is proud that three women, including a minority partner, serve as members of the firm’s Management Committee, the committee responsible for admission of new partners, partner compensation, strategic direction and major firm decisions. In addition, Dorthula H. Powell-Woodson serves on the firm’s seven-person Administrative Committee, the firm’s executive level committee that oversees the day-to-day operations of the firm. Minority and women attorneys chair or co-chair 93% of the firm’s committees. We seek to have an innovative and inclusive workplace, with an unwavering commitment to diversity. Therefore, we have created several affinity groups to continue the advancement of our diversity initiatives once attorneys begin their career at the firm, including groups for minority attorneys, Latino lawyers and our Women’s Forum.
Click here to read our 2012 Diversity Report.
To learn more about diversity at Wiley Rein, please visit our Diversity Statement, Diversity Committee, Events & Initiatives or contact Kathy Schmidt, Senior Manager of Attorney Recruiting, at 202.719.4204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policy Statement: Wiley Rein LLP is an equal opportunity employer. The firm does not discriminate in hiring, or in any other respect, on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, personal appearance, political affiliation, marital status, family responsibilities, matriculation, disability, status as a veteran, or any other legally protected characteristic.