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Rep. Jim Clyburn Joins Derick Holt for Wiley Podcast on ‘Making Trade Inclusive for All Americans’

August 9, 2021

Washington, DC Wiley, a preeminent Washington, DC law firm, posted a podcast episode featuring International Trade partner Derick G. Holt’s interview with House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina. The episode is the latest in Mr. Holt’s series on “Making Trade Inclusive for All Americans.”

Mr. Holt noted that Rep. Clyburn has been “a champion for American manufacturing jobs and economic growth” during his 28 years in Congress. During the podcast, they discussed a broad range of topics, including initiatives that have expanded trade within South Carolina, steps that need to be taken to generate greater inclusivity in trade moving forward, and the intersectionality of infrastructure and manufacturing.

Rep. Clyburn, who has represented South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District since 1993 and is the third-ranking U.S. House Democrat, brought a unique perspective to the podcast regarding the impact of trade and infrastructure on rural areas and marginalized communities. He also weighed in on the $1 trillion Senate infrastructure package, explaining why he sees expanded high-speed internet connectivity as the single most important aspect of that legislation.

“This pandemic has demonstrated to us how important broadband is,” said Rep. Clyburn, whose district includes many rural communities. “I maintain that broadband is to the 21st century what electricity was to the 20th century.”

Mr. Holt, recognized as a 2020 “Rising Star” in international trade by Law360, is one of the top young lawyers in his field and has had an instrumental role in many of Wiley’s biggest international trade cases. He has addressed decades of U.S. trade policy that perpetuated or exacerbated unequal access to the benefits of trade, and his podcast series, launched earlier this year, is helping to affect real, impactful changes in this area.

Previous episodes in the “Making Trade Inclusive for All Americans” series include:

Wiley’s International Trade Practice helps companies and industries succeed in today’s highly volatile global trade environment. Working with clients across every level of commerce, from domestic manufacturers seeking import relief to vast global entities and emerging industry disruptors, the team wins high-stakes trade litigation, navigates complex regulatory barriers, and advances innovative policy initiatives.

Wiley is a preeminent law firm wired into Washington. We advise Fortune 500 corporations, trade associations, and individuals in all industries on legal matters converging at the intersection of government, business, and technological innovation. Our 240 attorneys and public policy advisors are respected on both sides of the aisle and know how to move the levers across all branches of government. More about Wiley can be found at

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