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Richard Emerson Wiley

Richard Emerson Wiley, American lawyer. Bar: Illinois 1958, District of Columbia 1972.


  • Wiley, Richard Emerson was born on July 20, 1934 in Peoria, Illinois, United States. Son of Joseph Henry and Jean W. (Farrell) Wiley.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science with distinction, Northwestern University, 1955. Juris Doctor, Northwestern University, 1958. Master of Laws, Georgetown University, 1962.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Catholic University of America, 1998.


    • Private practice, Chicago, 1962—1970. General counsel Federal Communications Commission, Washington, 1970—1972, member, 1972—1974, chairman, 1974—1977, chairman Federal Communication Commission's advisory committee on advanced television service, 1987—1996. Managing partner Wiley Rein, LLC, since 1983.

      Professor law John Marshall Law School, University Chicago, 1963—1970. National co-chairman lawyers Bush-Quayle Campaign, 1992, Bush-Cheney Campaign, 2000.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Illinois 1958, District of Columbia 1972.


    A member of a Christian Church should support all social initiatives having a purpose to maintain and strengthen well-being and progress of the whole community and its members.


    Our faith rests not on our own feelings, but on the promises of a faithful God.

    Denomination: Methodist


    Language of offensive nature with regard to race, ethnicity or nationality does not indicate the value of each individual and contradicts the teaching of Jesus Christ.


    Chairman board Media Institute, since 1999, Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University, since 1997. Senior fellow Council of Administrative Conference of United States, 2010. Captain Army of the United States, 1959-1962.

    Fellow: American Bar Foundation. Member: American Bar Association (chairman Forum committee on communications 1985-1987, house of deals 1969-1971, 1977-1984, chairman young lawyers section 1977-1984, chairman board editors American Bar Association Journal 1984-1989, chairman committee on scope and correlation of work 1989, chairman administrative law & regulatory practice 1993-1994, chairman national law day 2003), Republican National Lawyers Association (board member, co-chairman judicial advocacy panel), Administrative Conference United States (council, senior fellow), Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, Federal Communications Bar Association (president 1987), Federal Bar Association 1977, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi.


    • Married Elizabeth J. Edwards, August 6, 1960. Children: Douglas S., Pamela L.
    • father: Joseph Henry Wiley
    • mother: Jean W. (Farrell) Wiley
    • spouse: Elizabeth J. Edwards
    • children: Douglas S. Wiley
    • Pamela L. Wiley
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    Born July 20, 1934