LCC Minority Outreach Program
Below are listings of union-side labor law firms that have agreed to participate in the 2013 AFL-CIOs Lawyers Coordinating Committee Minority Outreach Program. The program is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of labor law and to the labor community by providing summer clerkship opportunities with the participating firms and union legal departments. Students with a demonstrated interest in labor law, as well as those students who may be interested in the field, are encouraged to participate in the program. Students should contact the firms directly with inquiries or applications, and are advised to reference the LCC Minority Outreach Program in all correspondence.We will continue to update this site with additional employers.
Nicholas J. Enoch, Esq.
SUMMER ASSOCIATE - Lubin & Enoch, P.C. seeks a summer associate for its downtown Phoenix office for the summer of 2012. The summer associate will assist our attorneys prepare for hearings and brief issues before arbitrators as well as all courts and administrative agencies in matters arising under traditional (e.g., National Labor Relations Act, Railway Labor Act, Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act) and non-traditional labor and employment law representation. Applicants must possess excellent research and writing skills and, of equal importance, a strong commitment to representing the interests of working people. Spanish speaking applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. The summer associate will be paid twenty-dollars per hour ($20/hr.) with the possibility of continued part-time employment through the school year.
Interested applicants should mail a cover letter and resume to: Nicholas J. Enoch, Esq., Lubin & Enoch, P.C., 349 North 4th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1505.
The firm hires four or five summer associates each year who have completed at least two years of law school. Summer associates have work assignments similar to those of associates. Summer associates are also invited to attend court appearances and depositions, participate in a weekly attorney lunch discussing current litigation issues, and join in various social activities.
Beeson Tayer & Bodine
Beeson, Tayer and Bodine is a 20-attorney law firm with offices in Oakland and Sacramento, CA --as well as satellite offices in Olympia, WA and Syracuse, NY. For more information about our firm, please visit our website as www.beesontayer.com. We are recruiting Summer 2014 Law Clerks for our Oakland and Sacramento offices. Applicants should be in their second year of law school and have completed or be enrolled in labor and employment law courses. In addition to a strong academic background and superior writing skills, applicants must share our commitment to the labor movement and have a demonstrated interest in working for progressive organizations. We welcome applicants with experience in the labor movement but have also hired clerks with experience in plaintiffs’ employment law and/or public interest law. This position is non-exempt, full-time, temporary and pays $25.00/hr. Beeson, Tayer and Bodine, APC is an equal opportunity employer and invites applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Please send your cover letter, resume, transcript & references by email only (no fax, phone calls or in-person applications) to AND/OR to employmentOakClerk@beesontayer.com (include ‘Oakland Summer 2014 Law Clerk’ in your subject line) employmentSacClerk@beesontayer.com (include ‘ Sacramento Summer 2014 Law Clerk’ in your subject line).
Davis Cowell & Bowe
The firm is known for helping unions organize using not only via traditional labor laws but also other areas of the law such as constitutional law and securities law. The firm represents UNITE HERE (the international union representing hospitality workers), Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Union of American Physicians and Dentists, and locals of UFCW, IAFF, and various building trades. We also are co-counsel to benefit funds affiliated with these unions.
Ochoa Legal Group
Ochoa Legal Group in San Diego is seeking a 2014 Summer Associate. Our firm is committed to training and mentoring the next generation of law students interested in joining the ranks of union-side labor lawyers, and takes great pride in giving students challenging work opportunities that mirror the daily work done by our lawyers while providing exposure to the wide variety of issues that arise in the labor and employment field. A strong academic background, Spanish language skills, previous union experience and coursework in labor law and employment law is strongly preferred. To be considered for a Summer Associate position, law students should forward a resume, cover letter, two (2) references, writing sample and law school transcript as a single PDF document to Ochoa Legal Group by e-mail email@example.com. Incomplete applications will not be considered. We are an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, veterans, LGBTQ and candidates with disabilities encouraged to apply. This is a paid position.
Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3
Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 Legal Department headquartered in Alameda, CA seeks law student externs (unpaid position). We perform traditional labor and employment law providing direct client service to approximately 40,000 members in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Utah and Hawaii. Local 3 represents members in private sector construction, state workers, and public employees including public safety officers. The Legal Department represents workers in contract interpretation and disciplinary matters. We work alongside business representatives to provide the full service of a labor organization to the membership. We are looking for people (any year of law school) who are committed to working for the benefit of working people. Please send résumé, writing sample and transcript to: Jolsna John, Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3, 1620 South Loop Road, Alameda, CA 94502, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rothner, Segall & Greenstone
Rothner, Segall & Greenstone represents public and private-sector labor unions and employees. Our firm is made up of devoted labor movement lawyers who are unrelenting advocates for justice, equity, and workers' rights. Each year, we hire one outstanding candidate who has completed her second year of law school. We view our summer associates not only as potential candidates for our firm, but also as future champions of the labor movement.
Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld
Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld is one of the nation’s leading firms representing unions and working people in all aspects of labor and employment law. We have a long-standing commitment to minority hiring and this is reflected by the diversity of our more than forty attorneys. We represent unions, employee benefit plans, and individual employees in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies throughout the country.
The AFL-CIO’s Legal Department seeks summer law clerks to assist on a variety of legal and public policy issues involving the Federation’s affiliated unions and the national labor movement. The AFL-CIO is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions whose mission is to bring social and economic justice to our nation by enabling working people to have a voice on the job, in government, in a changing global economy and in their communities. The law clerks’ duties include legal research and writing in a wide range of areas, including NLRA, FLSA, and a host of legislative, regulatory and public policy matters, including immigrant worker rights. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to the labor movement and to issues affecting working families. 2Ls preferred. Send résumé, transcript and writing sample to Angelia Wade Stubbs, Associate General Counsel, email@example.com.
Murphy Anderson PLLC
Murphy Anderson PLLC, a Washington, DC-based public interest law firm practicing labor, employment and whistleblower law, is accepting applications for the George R. Murphy Public Interest Fellowship.
The fellowship offers recent law school graduates or judicial clerks the opportunity to litigate important public-interest cases at Murphy Anderson PLLC. The fellowship is a one-year position, with an option at the firm’s discretion, for a one-year extension. Fellowship salary is $55,000/year plus health care benefits.
The George R. Murphy Fellow will work on cases concerning union labor law, wage-and–hour law, and whistleblower law. The fellow will be exposed to all aspects and stages of litigation, from developing and investigating cases, interviewing clients, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, negotiating settlements, appearing in court, and working on appeals.
The fellowship is named after firm partner and labor law legend George R. Murphy, who after almost fifty years of practice continues to train public-interest lawyers to be creative, zealous and ethical advocates for their clients and to advance the law to protect workers and promote social justice.
Recent law graduates and judicial clerks are eligible to apply. Applicants for the George R. Murphy Fellowship must have a demonstrated commitment to the public interest, including the rights of workers and their unions. Applicants should also be DC Bar membership eligible, pending or obtained prior to the start date of the fellowship. Strong academic credentials are essential. Spanish language fluency is a strong plus. Minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
Applications should be received no later than January 20, 2013. The ideal candidate would be able to start employment in early 2013. Interviews will occur on an ongoing basis until the fellow is hired.
To apply for the fellowship position, please send a cover letter, resume and law school transcript to Mark Hanna by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
O’Donoghue & O’Donoghue LLP
O’Donoghue & O’Donoghue LLP is one of the oldest and largest union-side labor law firms in the United States, with twenty-seven attorneys engaged in the representation of labor unions and employee benefit plans. The firm is accepting applications for full-time summer associate positions in its Washington, D.C. office for the summer 2013. Applicants in their second-year of law school are strongly preferred.
Woodley & McGillivary
The Legal Department of the International Association of Fire Fighters (www.iaff.org), which is staffed by three attorneys from the Washington, D.C. firm of Woodley & McGillivary, will be accepting applications from 2Ls for a full-time, paid internship for Summer 2013 in the IAFF’s DC headquarters to carry out research and writing assignments on a variety of legal subjects.
The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) maintains an in-house legal staff of 10 attorneys. The work of the UAW Legal Department consists primarily of appellate, trial and administrative agency litigation, legal advice to union officials, legislative advice, and educational and training activities for union representatives and other attorneys. The Department is involved in a considerable amount of law reform or "impact” litigation before a variety of federal and state courts and administrative agencies. When the UAW retains outside counsel, Legal Department attorneys work closely with those attorneys, suggesting litigation strategies, guiding settlement negotiations and generally overseeing the progress of many suits.
Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP
Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP seeks Law Clerks for Summer 2014. Applicants should be 2Ls and 3Ls with strong research and writing skills.
CSEA, Inc., Local 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO
CSEA, Inc., Local 1000, is a Labor Organization representing 250,000 plus members who are employed in the public and private sector. CSEA's headquarters and Legal Department are located in Albany, NY. The twelve attorneys in the Legal Department are engaged in all facets of labor and employment litigation and practice in federal and states courts, and administrative tribunals such as PERB, NLRB, EEOC, NY State DHR, etc.
Contact Info (email preferred): Amanda Velázquez, Esq. email@example.com
Levy Ratner, PC
Levy, Ratner, P.C. serves unions and workers in the following areas: labor law (NLRB, arbitration, litigation, LMRDA, union elections), employee pension and health benefits, Taft/Hartley benefit funds/ERISA, employment discrimination, wage and hour law, severance and employment contracts. We also provide services in the fields of civil rights, election and campaign finance, and general litigation. Some of our union clients include 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East; Local 2110, UAW; Utility Workers Local 1-2; UNITE-HERE, National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 300 and CWA, NY Typographical Union Local 14156. Law clerk position entails research and writing on a variety of legal topics, as well as the potential for client contact depending on the particular assignment. Excellent research (both computer and book based) and writing skills and an ability to work under short deadlines essential. Relevant labor and employment law classes and experience and/or a demonstrated commitment to the labor movement and protecting workers rights preferred. Send résumé, references, transcript, unedited writing sample and cover letter to Micah Wissinger, Esq.
Teamsters Local 804
Local 804, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, is seeking a full time or part time Summer Law Clerk who has completed at least one year of Law School. The Law Clerk will work closely with In-house Counsel both in the Union Hall and in arbitration. The Law Clerk must be proficient in legal research and writing. Interested applicants should submit a resume and writing sample to Joshua Pomeranz by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deats, Durst, Owen & Levy, PLLC, in Austin, Texas plans to hire 1-2 law clerks for summer 2013. Our firm’s work focuses on employee-side labor and employment law, civil trial and appellate law, and public interest and civil rights litigation. Our firm represents union public- and private-sector employees in a number of fields, including law enforcement, fire and emergency response, education, custodial services and others. We seek clerks for half-summer or full-summer clerkships. Workload is expected to be flexible and to be 35+ hours per week, and compensation will be $18 per hour. Preference will be given to second-year students, but first-year students who are strong candidates will be considered. To apply, please send a cover letter, unofficial transcript and writing sample to Manuel Quinto-Pozos at email@example.com. For more information on our firm, please visit http://www.ddollaw.com.
The United Mine Workers of America has a long tradition of aggressive leadership in the struggle for workers' rights. The UMWA is responsible for creating a significant portion of existing labor law, both through litigation and legislation. The UMWA takes credit for implementation of the 8-hour day in 1898, collective bargaining rights in 1933, health and retirement benefits in 1946 and mine safety and health protections in 1969, with further improvements in 1977 and 2006. While the core of its membership has long been coal miners throughout the United States and Canada, membership is growing in other industries, including clean coal technologies, health care and the public sector.