Diversity  |  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Diversity, equity and inclusion is a core component of Wiley Rein’s culture. From our recruitment process to our mentoring programs to our various committees and practice groups, we believe in creating an environment where diversity is at the center of all that we do. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion would not be possible without the diligent work of our dedicated Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, comprised of attorneys from across many practice areas.

Strategic Plan:

Wiley Rein has a strategic plan specifically for diversity, equity and inclusion that establishes a flexible blueprint to guide the diversity activities and efforts of the firm through the next three years. The plan provides a road map for our future so that our firm can continue to be an outstanding place to work for all attorneys and staff. For further information, please contact any member of our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.


Shawn Chang, Partner
Public Policy Practice

What initiatives out of the Committee are special to you?

I find initiatives that infuse diversity and inclusion in every aspect of the firm’s recruitment and retention strategy to be the most meaningful and special to me. Through such efforts, Wiley Rein not only draws on the strength of diverse backgrounds and experiences that help us become better advocates for our clients, it is also fostering a new generation of firm leaders who are more diverse and who understand and value the role diversity plays in making Wiley Rein a world-class law firm.



Edgar Class, Partner
Telecom, Media, & Technology Practice

How has the firm supported your diversity efforts?

The firm has been extremely supportive of my involvement with the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC), where I served as president. From hosting events to providing financial support, the firm’s commitment has been outstanding. It is wonderful to work at a firm where those efforts are valued and supported.

Dot Powell-Woodson, Partner
Health Care Practice

Why do you think the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee is important to the overall success of the firm?

The Committee has been in the forefront of advocating that our differences can make us stronger as a firm. Through this advocacy, the Committee has created a heightened awareness of diversity that has been instrumental in re-shaping the leadership model within the firm and in helping to ensure that diverse members have a central role in setting and implementing the firm’s strategic goals.