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Directory Year: 2023

Wiley - Washington, DC

Pro Bono/Public Interest

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Pro Bono Contact

Pro Bono Contact Name Ted Howard
Pro Bono Contact Title Pro Bono Partner
Pro Bono Contact Phone (202) 719-7120
Pro Bono Contact Email [email protected]
Is the pro bono information indicated here firm-wide or specific to one office? Firm-wide
% Firm Billable Hours last year 2.45
Average Hours per Attorney last year 31

Pro Bono Participation

Percent of associates participating last year 76%
Percent of partners participating last year 41%
Percent of other lawyers participating last year 59%

Average hours

Average hours per associate last year 52
Average hours per partner last year 20
Average hours per other lawyer last year 17
What percentage of attorneys performed more than 20 hours? 31
What was the number of actual pro bono hours contributed by the organization in the prior calendar year? 9,028
Does the organization maintain a written pro bono policy that sets forth the organization's commitment to pro bono? Yes
How does the organization define what constitutes pro bono legal work?

Wiley uses the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge (copyright of the Pro Bono Institute) definition of pro bono work. Unless otherwise specified, pro bono work means pro bono legal services, rather than general public service or volunteer work.

Does the organization set annual goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed by the organization? No

Attorney pro bono goals

Does the organization set individual attorney goals regarding the minimum number of pro bono hours to be contributed? Yes
If yes, what is that annual goal? 50


Is an attorney's commitment to pro bono activity considered a favorable factor in advancement and compensation decisions? Yes
If yes, to what extent? Pro bono hours are considered favorably in bonus decisions and in advancement decisions.

Pro bono support services

Are full-time support services (word processing, online research Lexis/Westlaw, out of pocket costs) available for pro bono representation? Yes
If so, are there any limitations?


Are associates provided written evaluations of their work on pro bono matters? Yes
Does the organization employ one or more of the following structures to manage its pro bono program and to provide training and guidance to participating attorneys? (Check all that apply): Full-time attorney in a dedicated pro bono coordination/oversight role
Pro Bono Committee
How is pro bono work assigned/distributed?

Any attorney at Wiley who would like to undertake a new pro bono matter, or respond to a request for assistance, may do so once the matter has received approval from our Pro Bono Partner and has gone through our standard client intake process.

If an attorney is permitted to bring a pro bono case for possible consideration by the firm, who makes decisions about whether the firm will handle the matter? (check all that apply) Other: Pro Bono Partner
Does the organization provide any of the following to enable its attorneys to participate in pro bono activities or work in a public interest setting? (Check all that apply):

Summer associate pro bono opportunities

Are pro bono opportunities available for summer associates? Yes
Additional comments (Please use this space to provide any additional information about your organization's pro bono program including any special recognition or awards the organization has received for its pro bono work.)

A primary goal of Wiley's pro bono program is to offer its attorneys broad opportunities in matters that best allow them to make a difference. Our representations over the past decade include noteworthy cases (cases with sweeping potential ramifications or those requiring significant resources), cases handled on behalf of individuals referred through legal service providers with whom we have developed close relationships, as well as a diverse category of other matters appealing to the individual interests, strengths and ideals of our Wiley pro bono participants.

What are some of the areas in which your organization has performed pro bono work in the past year?

The firm’s pro bono program has close working relationships with many legal service providers in the community. Areas of regular pro bono effort include landlord tenant, family law, social security benefits, consumer law, immigration, veterans’ benefits, prisoners’ rights, appellate litigation, first amendment matters and more complex class actions. In addition to these areas, we have also performed pro bono work in 2022 involving matters of racial justice, child welfare, and disability rights in education.  We also encourage our lawyers to become involved in whatever other pro bono activities they have a passion to pursue.

Fellowship sponsorship

Does your organization sponsor split public interest summer and/or post-graduate fellowships? No
Public Interest Fellowship Comments