Catholic University’s Institute for Communications Law Studies and its Communications Law Institute Alumni Association paid tribute on May 1, 2012, to the Hon. Richard E. Wiley, former FCC Chairman and founding partner of Wiley Rein LLP, for his exemplary service to the Institute and outstanding achievements in the field of communications law.
At an evening reception crowded with well-wishers at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Wiley was presented with the Institute’s 2012 Milestone Award in grateful recognition for his strong support of the law school’s communications law program, founded by Professor Harvey L. Zuckman in 1981.
With Wiley’s support, the Institute’s influence and reputation has grown exponentially over the years, and it is now widely regarded as training many of the nation’s best communications law practitioners.
“Mr. Wiley has repeatedly been recognized as one of the nation's 100 'most influential' lawyers by The National Law Journal. If the Columbus School of Law kept such a list, he would certainly rank at the top of our own,” said Veryl Miles, dean of the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.
“Mr. Wiley's unswerving support of our Institute for Communications Law Studies has been a critical factor in its success,” she continued. “The support and mentorship he has provided to so many of our Institute alumni has been immeasurable. This celebration is a testament of our appreciation for all that he had done for the Institute and our alumni.”
Wiley, who has previously been honored with an Honorary Doctor of Laws from The Catholic University of America, served as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in the 1970s and now heads his firm’s 80-attorney communications practice, the largest in the nation.
Proceeds from the Milestone Award event, which raised approximately $100,000 after expenses, will benefit the Professor Harvey L. Zuckman Scholarship Fund, established in 2007 to provide financial aid to deserving law students interested in communications law.
A beloved member of The Catholic University of America community for many years, Zuckman taught at the Columbus School of Law from 1970 until his retirement in 2005.
He was also instrumental in the founding of the CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy in 1992, the first law review or journal devoted exclusively to communications law.
Both the Columbus School of Law and Wiley Rein LLP contributed to the planning and organization of the Milestone Award event.