Message from the Chief Diversity Officer

Wiley is committed to elevating and amplifying the voices that reflect the diversity and inclusiveness of our communities and the legal profession. Despite these times of nationwide unrest and the pandemic-related separation that posed significant challenges to our in-person diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs, our firm achieved many of the goals we set for 2021. We deepened our roots by launching our dedicated DEI Department, encouraging courageous conversations, and promoting a more inclusive culture. Through these efforts, we have thrived together in celebrating and supporting the talent, unique perspectives, and contributions of each member of our Wiley team.

For the second year in a row, we are proud to report that over 50% of our partner promotions were women, and over 50% of our 2021 fall associate class were women, racially and ethnically diverse, or LGBTQ+. Firmwide, over 30% of our partners are women, racially and ethnically diverse, or LGBTQ+, a 5% increase from 2020. Moreover, we increased the percentage of Black attorneys firmwide by 67%.

Wiley’s professional development and diversity focused programs start at the firm. These programs empower our attorneys and promote allyship within our firm.

We have also furthered our DEI efforts through our pro bono initiatives and charitable giving, and increased our engagement with clients. We welcome opportunities to continue the dialogue in advocating for DEI in the legal industry. While urgency motivates us, we know that this marathon requires deliberate action to drive sustainable and meaningful change. 

- Rashida MacMurray-Abdullah

Diversity Statement: Please click here to read the firm’s Diversity Statement.
Diversity Report: Please click here to read the firm’s 2021 Diversity Report.

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"At Wiley, we are committed to fostering and maintaining an inclusive workplace. We know that our diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences make us a stronger and better firm. We are optimistic about our future and about being an innovative DEI leader in the legal profession."

Antonio Reynolds, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Chair 

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