Diversity  |  Pipeline Initiatives

“We are actively involved in a number of pipeline initiatives with high school and college students. We have even participated in events with elementary and middle school students. Our attorneys and staff volunteer enthusiastically for our pipeline programs and events and clearly enjoy them. We do not evaluate the success or value of our pipeline initiatives by recruiting results. We consider them community building events within our firm and the broader community which we all enjoy.”

Kay Tatum, Partner, Corporate Practice

In 2013, Wiley Rein became one of only two DC law firms to sponsor the National Association for Law Placement/Street Law Diversity Pipeline Program. Street Law encourages diverse high school students to pursue careers in the legal field by introducing them to legal concepts and the industry as a whole. As part of Wiley Rein’s participation, attorneys teach two classes to senior high school students at Anacostia Senior High School. The students also visit Wiley Rein, where they participate in interactive workshops with our attorneys.

Over the past 12 years, Wiley Rein has hosted a “Law Day” program for Thurgood Marshall Academy, a public charter high school located in Washington, DC. More than 1,000 rising ninth graders have participated in the Law Day program, which educates students on basic legal principles and features a case study, a mock trial, and a panel discussion on careers in the law. 

For more information about Thurgood Marshall Academy, please visit thurgoodmarshallacademy.org.

NALP/Street Law’s 2014-2015 Progress Report found that, upon completion of the Pipeline Program, 71% of students were more interested in jobs within the legal industry.

Attorneys participate in a Street Law training session with Courtney Dredden, past NALP/Street Law Diversity Pipeline Fellow.