Wiley Rein has named Theodore A. Howard, a partner in the Insurance Practice, the first full-time Pro Bono Partner of the firm. In his new capacity, Mr. Howard will oversee and build upon the firm’s current pro bono programs and initiatives, further strengthening Wiley Rein’s already significant commitment to public service. Mr. Howard has a national reputation as a litigator, both in insurance law and within the pro bono community. He was recognized by the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia with the Servant of Justice Award. Mr. Howard’s pro bono practice has included death penalty cases, housing and family law matters, and important litigation involving prisoners’ rights issues. He is the lead lawyer in Wiley Rein’s major ongoing representation of plaintiffs in a constitutional challenge to the medical care provided at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, a Virginia state prison.
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Timothy C. Brightbill, a partner in Wiley Rein’s International Trade Practice, testified May 22 at a U.S. House Small Business subcommittee hearing on unfair trade practices by foreign companies. Small businesses face “enormous challenges” in this area, said Mr. Brightbill. Domestic small businesses often are unable to become substantial exporters of goods and services, because “trade laws and regulations are complicated, trade remedy cases are expensive, and trade barriers are becoming more pervasive and more challenging all the time,” Mr. Brightbill told the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade. For example, foreign competitors – many of which are owned or subsidized by foreign governments – often sell below cost to enter the U.S. market, forcing domestic businesses to either cut prices or give up market share. Currency manipulation and “pervasive” intellectual property theft are among other unfair trade practices that harm U.S. exporters, he said.
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As part of its ongoing effort to promote diversity in the legal profession, Wiley Rein recently welcomed high school students from The Academies at Anacostia in Washington, DC to its offices to learn first-hand what it means to be a lawyer. The firm organized the event through its involvement with the NALP/Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, which encourages high school students of all backgrounds to pursue careers in the law. Attorneys from Verizon also participated in the event, joining Wiley Rein lawyers to lead workshops that enabled the Academies’ students to delve into contracts law and the Fourth Amendment. The program, created by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and Street Law Inc., pairs law firms with high schools in their communities. Attorney volunteers work with a diverse group of talented young people, teaching them about legal concepts, offering social support, and introducing them to career paths in the field of law.