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.
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.
Summer associates can expect to work on a variety of matters for international and local unions, workers, environmental groups, governmental entities, and other clients, involving such areas as labor, civil rights, environmental, election, and immigration law.
Recent summer associate projects have included: researching legal issues in a constitutional challenge to Ohio's provisional ballot law; drafting a portion of a federal court of appeals brief on First Amendment issues; drafting a brief opposing a motion to stay a class action lawsuit pending arbitration; drafting a complaint in a Proposition 65 enforcement action; researching Supremacy Clause issues in a U.S. Supreme Court case; researching issues in a union arbitration; drafting a class notice; drafting a portion of a federal court of appeals brief on consumer issues; drafting a position statement to the NLRB; researching a union grievance; researching vote dilution issues; drafting a motion to intervene; researching prevailing wage requirements; drafting a reply brief in support of a petition for review in the California Supreme Court; and drafting a brief in support of transferring a federal court action.
Summer associates work with several different partners and associates during the course of the summer. The nature of the work and particular assignments vary, but usually involve in-depth research and writing, often on issues of first impression. Assignments range from short research projects to continuing work on different aspects of a case throughout the entire summer. Split summers with other law firms are not permitted. We do not hire first-year law students for summer associate positions.
The firm chooses summer associates based on research and writing ability, academic record, recommendations, and commitment to the work of the firm. We are particularly interested in individuals who are creative and who enjoy working on challenging legal issues. People of color are particularly urged to apply.
Our firm hires in the fall of each year (2Ls only) for the following summer. Applicants should send a résumé, writing sample, law school transcript, and list of references to:
Altshuler Berzon LLP
177 Post Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, California 94108
Beeson Tayer & Bodine
483 Ninth Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Beeson, Tayer and Bodine, a 20-attorney law firm with offices in Oakland and Sacramento is recruiting Summer 2013 Law Clerks for both offices.
We prefer that applicants be in their second or third 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.
Please send your cover letter, resume, transcript & references by email only.
Beeson, Tayer and Bodine, APC is an equal opportunity employer and invites applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Please, no phone calls or in-person applications. This ad expires on November 30, 2012.
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.
We hire one or two summer associates each year. Second-year students are preferred but we do consider first-years who already have some background in labor relations or public-interest litigation. Summer associates assist with legal and corporate research and writing, including at least one labor arbitration brief from start-to-finish which summer associates can use as a writing sample.
Summer associates have worked recently on First Amendment cases, prevailing wage cases, and discrimination class actions (we are co-counsel in sex discrimination cases against WalMart and CostCo and ethnicity discrimination against Bashas stores). Summer associates can expect to be exposed to both California and Nevada law as our largest local union client is based in Las Vegas.
Summer associates work with several different partners and associates during the course of the summer. The position is full-time; split summers with other employers are not permitted.
The firm chooses summer associates based on research and writing ability, academic record, recommendations, and commitment to progressive interests. People of color are particularly urged to apply. Applicants should send a résumé, writing sample, law school transcript, and list of references by Nov. 15th to: Andrew Kahn, Davis Cowell & Bowe, 595 Market St. #1400, San Francisco, CA 94105. No phone calls or in-person applicants please.
Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3
1620 South Loop Road
Alameda, CA 94502
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
510 S. Marengo Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
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.
Our firm takes great pride in giving summer associates work opportunities that mirror the daily work done by our partners and associates while providing exposure to the wide variety of issues that arise in the labor and employment field. A summer associate can expect to take on brief-writing, assist with arbitrations, meet with clients, and work on litigation in state court, federal court, and various administrative agencies.
We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. Demonstrated interest or experience in the labor movement or other social justice organizations is preferred but not required. For more information about our firm, please visit our website at www.rsglabor.com. For more information about the 2013 Summer Associate Position, please contact Anthony Resnick at email@example.com.
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and references by November 9, 2012.
Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld
1001 Marina Village Parkway
Alameda, CA 94501-1091
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.
We provide counsel to assist unions in developing legal strategies for organizing, representation, negotiation, and contract enforcement. Our clients represent a broad range of unionized workers including in the public sector, the private sector, and building trades. Our firm advises employee benefit plans in support of their mission to provide retirement, health and welfare, and other benefits earned by workers through their employment. We provide guidance to our clients about the constantly changing legal environment and its implications.
In serving unions and benefit plans, our practice ranges far beyond labor law to civil rights, environmental compliance, real estate, bankruptcy, campaign finance, catastrophic torts, and many other areas of the law that impact our clients. Because we are the largest union-side labor firm in the country, our firm can handle major litigation as well as provide advice and counsel in many specialized fields of legal practice.
In addition to our union-related practice, we represent the broader interests of working people by undertaking class actions and other lawsuits to enforce wage and hour laws, anti-discrimination laws, and employee benefit laws on behalf of employees not represented by unions. We believe in the old labor motto: “An injury to one is an injury to all.”
Our summer clerk positions are open to law students with a demonstrated commitment to the labor movement. Our clerks are assigned a variety of legal research and writing projects addressing both "traditional" labor and benefit plan issues and emerging practice areas. In addition, our clerks accompany attorneys into the field to meet clients, observe arbitrations and hearings, and participate in our in-house education program. Our clerks are paid $20 an hour and are based out of our Alameda, California office. Interested applicants should contact Jannah Manansala at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide a cover letter, resume and writing sample.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Office of the General Counsel
815 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
202/637-5323 – fax
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
1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 210
Washington, D.C. 20006
202/223-8651 - fax
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 bereceivedno later thanJanuary 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 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.
Candidates should have experience or a demonstrated interest in labor law and/or employee benefits law. Please indicate in your cover letter your experience in the area of labor or employee benefits law and/or law school coursework in these areas. Candidates will conduct research, writing and other substantive work at the direction of firm partners and associates. Salary is $1,200 per week. To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, transcript, references and a short (5 or fewer pages) writing sample by regular mail or by PDF sent via email to: Scott M. Seedorf, Esq., email@example.com. PLEASE, NO TELEPHONE INQUIRIES.
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 IAFF is a labor organization representing nearly 300,000 fire fighters, EMTs, paramedics, and other emergency responders in the United States and Canada. The Legal Department provides advice and assistance to the IAFF’s over 3,000 local affiliates in areas such as labor and employment law (including the FLSA, FMLA, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, LMRDA, NLRA, and state collective bargaining laws), the First Amendment and other constitutional protections for public employees, pensions and retirement security, charitable fundraising, tort and contract law, and other areas relevant to labor unions and the fire & emergency services. The Legal Department conducts research on legal issues facing its members and its affiliates, provides legal analysis in organizing and bargaining, and develops training and other materials to assist affiliate leaders.
Compensation is $12 per hour for 30-40 hours per week.
The intern should possess excellent writing skills and have a basic understanding of legal issues faced by public employees. Interested applicants should provide a resume, law school transcript if available, short writing sample if available, and short cover statement. Work history or other experience demonstrating a commitment to social justice and/or workers’ rights is a critical factor. Further questions about the position and any application should be emailed to Pamela Hall – firstname.lastname@example.org.
MICHIGAN International Union, UAW
8000 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48214
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.
Department attorneys practice in virtually all areas of labor law as well as many other employment-related areas. The majority of litigation performed by the Department arises under one of the following statutes: National Labor Relations Act, OSHA, ERISA, Bankruptcy Code, Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, Landrum-Griffin Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and various state or federal statutory benefit programs (including unemployment insurance, trade adjustment assistance, Social Security, food stamps, etc.). Department attorneys have participated, representing the UAW either as a party or amicus curiae, in several recent cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Aside from traditional research and writing assignments, law clerks in the Department are often asked to draft briefs and accompany staff lawyers to hearings and oral arguments. Law clerks also have the opportunity to participate in union-sponsored events such as rallies and marches. The Legal Department generally hires second-year law students with some coursework in or exposure to labor law.
The UAW pays a stipend of $720 per week to its summer law clerks. Eligible students interested in applying to the UAW should submit a cover letter, resume and a short legal writing sample to: Maneesh Sharma, Associate General Counsel, International Union, UAW, 8000 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI 48214; email@example.com.
Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP
330 West 42nd Street
New York, N.Y. 10036
Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP is a full service union-side labor, employee benefits, and employment law firm. The firm represents national, regional and local labor unions, pension plans, welfare plans, and the interests of employees in a wide variety of matters.
Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP seeks Law Clerks for Summer 2013. Applicants should be 2Ls with strong research and writing skills. Coursework in Labor Law and/or ERISA is preferred. Union, journal and/or moot court experience is a plus. Compensation is $25/hour. Women, minorities and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and law school transcript to Ms. Marcelle J. Henry, Esq. at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
CSEA, Inc., Local 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO
143 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
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.
Law Clerks may receive assignments from any of the twelve staff attorneys. Typical assignments include legal research and writing on various topics relating to the rights and obligations of the Union and its members. Also, Law Clerks may assist attorneys in case preparation including witness interviews.
Although primarily focused on labor and employment law issues, research and writing assignments can cover a range of diverse issues such as municipal law, public health law and education law.
Excellent research and writing skills.
Commitment to the labor movement and the issues of working people.
Levy Ratner, PC
80 Eighth Avenue, Eighth Floor
New York, NY 10011
212/627-8182 – fax
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
34-21 Review Avenue
Long Island, NY 11101
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 email@example.com.
Deats Durst Owen & Levy, PLLC
1204 San Antonio, Suite 203
Austin, TX 78701
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on our firm, please visit http://www.ddollaw.com.
United Mine Workers of America
18354 Quantico Gateway Drive
Triangle, VA 22172
703-291-2448 – fax
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.
The Legal Department consists of five attorneys, four of whom work in the Headquarters’ Office, and one in Charleston, WV. Legal work regularly includes organizing, negotiations, contract enforcement, plant closings, safety and health law, and internal union affairs. In addition to providing legal advice and helping with the creation and implementation of Union policies, the attorneys engage in a large quantity of litigation in state and federal courts, as well as before state and federal administrative agencies. The lawyers work closely with all of the UMWA departments; interns share the same broad exposure and experience.
A summer intern will gain substantial research and writing experience, working with staff attorneys and one or two other law clerk/interns to support the UMWA and its membership. The intern will rotate within the legal department to work with all of the staff lawyers, thereby learning different substantive areas of the law and experiencing different styles of lawyering. The intern will have significant responsibility. For example, one recent legal intern wrote half of an NLRB representation brief, while another drafted part of a federal appeals’ court brief, and another was responsible for briefing an administrative safety and health case, among many other projects.
Experienced UMWA lawyers are always available to provide guidance and supervision, when needed. Aside from the more traditional legal work, recent interns also had the opportunity to attend the International Executive Board meetings, participate in contract negotiations, assist with a rally of miners on The Hill, help with a Congressional hearing, observe a district court argument in a case the intern helped briefed, and meet with the Union President and a high-level representative of the U.S. Department of Labor.
The UMWA relies on its legal staff to further the Union’s mission as a progressive force for change. Summer interns are given great experience, with exposure to a variety of subjects and tasks. Like staff lawyers, recent interns have been very satisfied with their work experience at the UMWA and the Union is committed to continuing this tradition. In fact, the UMWA was highlighted in America’s Greatest Places To Work With A Law Degree. For more information about the United Mine Workers of America, visit the UMWA web page: www.umwa.org.
The office has free parking, and an employee might be able to join a car pool, but the office is not easily accessible via public transportation. 1L/2L pay ranges $15-17/hr.
Students interested in applying for a summer internship should submit an application (of cover letter, resume, and writing sample) to: UMWA Assoc. GC Judith Rivlin, email@example.com.