MOP Law Firm/Legal Department Participants

Below are listings of union-side labor law firms that have agreed to participate in the 2017 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.


ARIZONA

Lubin & Enoch, P.C.
349 North Fourth Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003-1505
http://www.lubinandenoch.com/

Job Description: The summer associate will assist L&E’s attorneys prepare for hearings and to brief issues before arbitrators, courts, and administrative agencies in matters largely arising under traditional (e.g. National Labor Relations Act, Railway Labor Act, Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act) and non-traditional labor and employment (e.g. Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act)  law representation.

Work performed by Firm: Lubin & Enoch is a socially progressive law firm which specializes in all phases of complex labor and employment law representation and litigation.

Salary:  $20/hour

Additional Requirements: We are open to first and second year students. Applicants must possess excellent research and writing skills and, of equal importance, a strong commitment to representing the interests of working people. Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter and résumé to: Nicholas J. Enoch (602-234-0008; nick@lubinandenoch.com)

CALIFORNIA

Bush Gottlieb
500 North Central Avenue, Suite 800
Glendale, CA 91203
818/973-3257(Office)
www.bushgottlieb.com

Bush Gottlieb is a union-side labor firm in the Los Angeles area representing private and public-sector labor unions and multi-employer trust funds in various industries.  We are currently seeking applications for our 2017 summer law clerk program.  Candidates should have a superior academic background and excellent communication, research, writing and leadership skills.  Equally important is an applicant’s commitment to the labor movement, workers’ rights and the practice of union-side labor law.  Our practice is challenging and diverse, and provides an ideal balance between representing unions in the private and public sector.  We prefer applicants in their second year of law school, who have taken a course or will have completed a course, in basic labor law and/or employee benefits.  However, we will consider first year students with a background working with labor unions.  If you are interested and would like us to consider your application, please forward a cover letter, résumé, transcript and writing sample to Erica Deutsch at edeutsch@bushgottlieb.com. For more information on the firm and our practice areas, please visit our website at www.bushgottlieb.com.  We are an equal opportunity employer and seek a diverse pool of candidates.

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).  Candidates will receive a small stipend for gas/tolls. We perform traditional labor and employment law providing direct client service to approximately 34,000 members in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Utah and Hawaii.  Local 3 represents members in private sector construction, and public employees including state workers, public safety officers, city employees, and county employees.  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 students (any year of law school) who are committed to working for the benefit of working people.

Please send résumé, writing sample and transcript to: Gening Liao, gliao@oe3.org.

Rothner, Segall & Greenstone
510 South Marengo Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
www.rsglabor.com

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.   Summer associates will also have an opportunity to learn about and where possible assist on active organizing campaigns for our union clients.

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.  While our firm will give special consideration to second-year law students and students who have taken labor or employment law are preferred, the position is open to all candidates.  For more information about our firm, please visit our website at www.rsglabor.com.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and unofficial transcript to Hannah Weinstein at hweinstein@rsglabor.com.   Applications are due by the end of the day Thursday, November 17, 2016, although applications submitted earlier are appreciated.  If a student is especially interested in working for us but worried that another job may hire her before we complete our hiring process, please include this information in the submitted cover letter or email Hannah Weinstein.  For more information about the 2016 Summer Associate Position, please contact Hannah Weinstein at hweinstein@rsglabor.com.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

AFL-CIO
Office of the General Counsel
815 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
202/637-5323 (Fax)
http://www.aflcio.org/

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 Maneesh Sharma, Associate General Counsel, msharma@aflcio.org. 

AFSCME
Office of the General Counsel
1101 17th Street, N.W., Suite 900
Washington, DC  20036 

A successful candidate should possess good research and writing skills, demonstrated academic excellence, and a serious commitment to work for the labor movement.  2Ls are preferred, but we will consider 1Ls with a demonstrated interest in worker rights.

AFSCME is a labor union with more than 1.6 million members. AFSCME’s members provide the vital public services that make America happen.  We are nurses, child care providers, EMTs, sanitation workers and more. AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity for all working families.  We not only stand for fairness at the bargaining table — we fight for fairness in our communities and in the halls of government.

AFSCME has affiliates in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The International Union, based in Washington, DC, coordinates the union’s actions on major national issues and provides resources to affiliates for organizing, bargaining, political action, and member education.  The Office of the General Counsel provides in-house legal representation to AFSCME International and its affiliates throughout the country.  This includes initiating and defending litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies to safeguard the interests of the union, as well as providing non-litigation counsel on diverse matters such as organizing campaigns, legislative and policy advocacy, union spending on political elections, pensions and employee benefits, and internal union governance.  In addition to traditional issues of labor and employment law, the Office confronts numerous questions of constitutional law.

Fellows are paid $20 per hour.

In addition to the basic application requirements (cover letter, application form, essays, resume, transcript), applicants for this fellowship must also include two legal writing samples.

Contact Person:
Nick Serrano
nserrano@afscme.org
Associate General Counsel  

Communication Workers of America (CWA)
501 3rd Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20001

The legal department for CWA, the international union, seeks a second or third year law student as a law clerk for the summer of 2017.  The job duties would primarily be legal research and writing in labor and employment law.  In particular, we seek a student who is interested in pursuing a career representing labor unions.  The hourly rate is $22.

To apply, please email a resume and writing sample to Alex Roe at aroe@cwa-union.org.

Mooney, Green, Saindon, Murphy & Welch, P.C.
1920 L Street N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036 

Mooney, Green, Saindon, Murphy & Welch, P.C., a progressive union-side labor law firm in Washington, D.C., with a labor and employee benefits practice, is seeking a current 2L for a full-time paid summer law clerk position, starting in May 2017. The position requires strong legal research and writing skills and coursework in basic labor law or ERISA. Experience in the labor movement is a plus.

Please send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Diana Bardes at dbardes@mooneygreen.com.

Murphy Anderson PLLC
1701 K Street, N.W., Suite 210
Washington, DC 20006
www.murphyandersonpllc.com

Innovative union-side labor firm seeks a second-year law student as a summer associate in its Washington office. Our firm was formed on Labor Day 2008, to represent unions, employee-benefit funds and workers seeking justice. We represent unions in all sectors of the economy, with a particular focus on finding creative ways to help workers to organize. We have a growing and energetic wage-and-hour practice, an appellate practice and a whistleblower practice, fighting fraud in health care, military procurement and the construction industry using the False Claims Act and similar SEC and IRS programs. We are committed to social justice, community service and expanding workers’ power in society.

The successful candidate must be an excellent writer with strong academic credentials. If you are interested in joining us, please apply either through the Peggy Browning Fund or send your resume to Mark Hanna by email to mhanna@murphypllc.com.

Sherman, Dunn, Cohen, Leifer & Yellig, PC
900 Seventh Street, N.W., Suite 1000
Washington, DC  20001

Sherman, Dunn, Cohen, Leifer & Yellig is a Washington, D.C. law firm that represents labor organizations in all aspects of labor law. Our union clients include four national unions: the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers; and the Major League Soccer Players Union. We also represent a number of local unions. We have an extensive practice before agencies of the federal government and courts at all levels, including the U. S. Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

We are seeking a summer associate who has completed the second year of law school, to perform research and otherwise assist the firm’s attorneys in their work.

Contact:
Victoria Bor
bor@shermandunn.com
202/785-9300 (Office)

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
1775 K Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20006

Background:  As the largest private sector labor union in North America, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers in the United States and Canada.  Its members are employed principally in retail food stores; food processing, packing and manufacturing plants; department and drugs stores; and distillery and chemical industries.

Job Description:  Law clerks provide legal writing and research support to in-house and outside attorneys on a wide variety of issues and cases, including labor, employment and related court and administrative proceedings.  Law clerks work closely with attorneys.  We endeavor to involve law clerks as much as possible in discussions with attorneys and union representatives so that they have an understanding of how their work fits into a particular case, or in the development of overall strategies for organizing and representing workers.  Law clerks will be permitted to use papers they draft for writing samples where appropriate.

Requirements:  Strong analytical abilities and effective oral and written communication skills. Completion of at least one year of law school. Commitment or interest in labor or employment law, or the labor movement, economic change, and social justice is preferred.  Fluency in Spanish is a plus, though not required.

Compensation and hours:  $20.00 per hour, with benefits (if full-time); Availability to work full-time hours (35-40 hours/week) preferred.

Duration:  Summer 2017, with possible extension to work part-time through fall and beyond.

Please submit resume, cover letter and writing sample to: Nick Clark at nclark@ufcw.org

MAINE

Johnson, Webbert & Young, LLP
P.O. Box 79
160 Capitol Street, Suite 3
Augusta, ME 04332

Johnson, Webbert & Young is the largest plaintiffs’ civil rights, employment, and union-side labor law firm north of Boston.  Our eight attorneys are based in Augusta and Portland, Maine.  The firm represents many if not most of the labor unions in Maine (as well as some in New Hampshire), including AFT, CWA, IAFF, IATSE, IBEW, NEA, SEIU, Teamsters, and USW affiliates. We also have an extensive class action and civil rights practice, handling discrimination and wage and hour claims.  Minority students are welcome and encouraged to apply.  There is nowhere better to be than Maine in the summer time!

Jeffrey Neil Young, Esq.
Johnson, Webbert & Young, LLP
P.O. Box 79, 160 Capitol St., Suite 3
Augusta, ME 04332
tel: 207.623.5110
fax: 207.622.4160

MARYLAND

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO (IUPAT)
7234 Parkway Drive
Hanover, MD 21076

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO is seeking applicants for a 10-week summer internship during the summer of 2016.  Applicants must have completed their second year of law school before the start of the internship.  The IUPAT legal intern will work directly with the General Counsel assisting the Organizing Department on campaigns, advising the International Officers on LMRDA and internal compliance issues, and assisting IUPAT’s affiliated local labor organizations with issues for which they seek guidance from the International Union.  The intern’s duties will be a mix of legal research and writing and direct interaction with officers and employees seeking guidance on everyday issues. The salary is $1,000 a week.  The contact person is:

Joseph E. Kolick Jr.
General Counsel
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, AFL-CIO
7234 Parkway Drive
Hanover, MD.  21076
(410) 564-5904 (Office)
jkolick@iupat.org

MASSACHUSETTS

Sandulli Grace, P.C.
44 School Street, Suite 1100
Boston, MA 02108
617-523-2500 (Office)
617/523-2527 (Fax)
http://www.sandulligrace.com/

Sandulli Grace, P.C. is a small (13 attorneys) union-side firm located in downtown Boston.  Our clients are public sector and private sector unions, for whom we provide a variety of legal services, including general legal advice, contract negotiation and administration, unfair labor practice proceedings, grievance arbitrations and litigation.  The majority of our clients represent employees in the public sector, especially police officers, teachers and firefighters, but we also represent a variety of private sector unions.  We also represent individual employees in matters involving civil service, public employee retirement, discrimination, and violations of the FLSA, FMLA and other statutes.

Sandulli Grace has hired a law school intern nearly every quarter since the firm was founded in 1977, and the firm is well-equipped for a summer clerk.  The clerk has a desk and a computer with Westlaw and Internet access.  The clerk has opportunities to work closely with a number of different attorneys on a variety of projects.  Although legal research and writing is a significant part of the clerkship, there are usually multiple opportunities to assist attorneys at court and agency hearings, arbitrations, collective bargaining sessions and client meetings.  To the extent possible, the firm attempts to tailor the clerkship to the interests of the student.  The clerkship supervisor is available to provide written and oral feedback on the clerk’s written work.  We will accept applications from both first and second year law students.  Send a cover letter, résumé, transcript, and writing sample to John M. Becker.  Please mention the LCC Minority Outreach Program in your cover letter.

Pay: $700/week

Contact: John M. Becker, jbecker@sandulligrace.com 

MICHIGAN

UAW
8000 East Jefferson Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48214 

The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) maintains an in-house legal staff of 10 attorneys. The Legal Department’s offices are located in UAW International Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan.  The work of the 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.).

The UAW hires approximately 4 -5 full-time law clerks during the summer. Applicants for summer internships must be entering their second or third year in order to be considered.  Prior experience with labor law coursework or other exposure to labor law is a plus, but not required. 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 UAW pays a competitive weekly stipend to full-time summer interns, as well as fully-paid health insurance.

Eligible students interested in applying to the UAW should submit a cover letter, resume and a short legal writing sample to: James Britton, Assistant General Counsel, International Union, UAW, 8000 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI 48214, or via E-mail to bpanczyk@uaw.net.

NEW YORK

Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP
330 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP is seeking two law student clerks for the Summer of 2017.  One of the nation’s leading labor law firms exclusively representing unions and employees, the firm has also developed a large and sophisticated practice representing union-affiliated pension, medical and other benefit plans, as well as training and apprenticeship plans.  Applicants should be 2Ls with strong research and writing skills.  Completed coursework in labor law, employment law and/or ERISA, as well as experience working for a labor union as well as journal and/or moot court experience is preferable but not required.  Law clerk compensation is $25 per hour.  Positions are full-time, for 10 – 12 weeks.   If hired, applicants should expect to work in a diverse and collegial environment.  The firm is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women, minorities and people of color to apply.

Interested applicants should mail or email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and law school transcript to:

Tzvi Mackson
Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP
330 West 42nd Street
New York, N.Y. 10036
tmackson@cwsny.com

No phone calls, please.

CSEA, Inc., Local 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO
143 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

About CSEA: CSEA, Inc., Local 1000, is a labor union representing over 200,000 members who are employed in the public and private sector across New York State.  CSEA’s headquarters and Legal Department are located in Albany, NY.  The ten attorneys in the Legal Department are passionate about helping working men and women maintain their jobs, income, benefits and dignity so that they can provide for themselves and their families while being proud of the work they perform.

The attorneys are engaged in all facets of labor and employment litigation and practice in federal and state courts, arbitration hearings, and administrative tribunals such as the New York Public Employment Relations Board, National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York State Division of Human Rights, etc.

The legal department represents CSEA and its members in representation and organizing matters as well as improper practice and unfair labor practice charges before PERB and the NLRB, respectively.  The attorneys regularly represent CSEA in grievance and disciplinary arbitrations.  The legal department provides representation to individual members in administrative matters regarding their employment, including discipline (where arbitration is not available); licensing and registration hearings; substantiated reports by the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs; and indicated reports by the NYS Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.

The attorneys at the CSEA legal department are also engaged in federal and state civil litigation on a variety of subject matters, including but not limited to, deprivation of constitutional rights, discrimination or retaliation for union activity, diminution of retiree health insurance benefits, illegal layoffs, violation of civil service laws, breach of contract, compelling arbitration, and challenging governmental decisions and determinations.

Job Description: Law Students may receive assignments from any of the ten staff attorneys.  Assignments will vary based upon experience and aptitude.  Typical assignments include legal research and writing on various topics relating to the rights and obligations of the Union and its members. This affords students the opportunity to gain practical experience and a working knowledge of the law in an exciting practice area. Law Students may also assist attorneys in facets of case preparation including witness interviews, and drafting pleadings, memoranda of law, and closing briefs.  Law students will also be given the opportunity to accompany attorneys to hearings or other proceedings.

Although the assignments are primarily focused on labor and employment law issues, law students can expect to be exposed to a variety of diverse issues such as constitutional law, municipal law, public health law, civil rights law, and education law.

Hiring Criteria:

  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in the labor movement and the issues of working people.

 Salary: $18/hour (35 hours per week for 12 weeks)

Contact Info (email preferred):
Aaron E. Kaplan, Esq.
aaron.kaplan@cseainc.org

Requested documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Writing sample

District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO
125 Barclay Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10007

The General Counsel’s Office of District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, a large public sector union in New York City, is seeking current law school students for its Summer Internship Program.  The General Counsel’s Office handles a wide variety of employment matters in areas, such as labor law, civil service law, arbitration, disciplinary cases, representation proceedings, unfair labor and improper practice, unemployment insurance appeals, Taylor Law hearings, administrative proceedings, and federal and state court litigation on behalf of union members.  Summer interns will research a variety of legal issues, may participate in arbitration proceedings, and may observe labor-management meetings. Candidates must be available to work the full ten weeks of the Program’s duration, show an interest and commitment to union-side labor law and must have strong research and writing skills.  A $700 per week stipend will be provided.  Minority students are encouraged to apply.  Send resume and writing samples to:

Erica Gray-Nelson, Senior Assistant General Counsel
District Council 37AFSCME, AFL-CIO
125 Barclay Street, Room 510
New York, NY 10007

Applications should be received by the close of business April 7, 2017.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

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, 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 studenthiring@levyratner.com

New York State United Teachers
52 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, NY

New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) is a statewide labor organization serving the needs of its more than 600,000 members. NYSUT’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) is the organization’s in-house legal department which provides representation and guidance in a variety of settings in both the public and private sectors.  NYSUT’s headquarters are in Albany and its legal offices are located in Albany and New York City.  The New York City office is seeking law students to serve in the Minority Outreach Program during Summer 2017.  The twenty-three staff attorneys and two managing attorneys in the New York City office are engaged in various facets of labor, education and employment litigation and practice in state and federal courts.  NYSUT OGC attorneys appear before hearing officers and arbitrators in disciplinary proceedings, arbitrations, and licensing proceedings, and they also appear before administrative agencies, including the NLRB, PERB, EEOC, and NYSDHR.  Law clerks work directly with staff attorneys providing legal research and writing, attending and preparing for arbitration, assisting in court filings, and providing litigation support across a broad spectrum of labor and employment issues. Applicants should have a commitment to the labor movement, excellent research and writing skills, and strong academic qualifications (a focus on labor and employment courses is preferred).  The position pays eighteen dollars ($18.00) per hour and a minimum of 12-15 hours of work per week is required.  Although first year students may apply, preference is generally given to qualified second year law students.

Please provide a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:|
Lena M. Ackerman, Associate General Counsel
lackerma@nysutmail.org

with a copy to:
Cynthia Jadan, Legal Assistant
cjadan@nysutmail.org

Spivak Lipton LLP
1700 Broadway, Suite 2100
New York, NY 10019

Spivak Lipton LLP represents labor unions, benefit funds, and individual employees.  The firm welcomes summer associate applicants.  Spivak Lipton is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants of all backgrounds to apply.  Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.  Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

Gillian Costello
Spivak Lipton LLP
1700 Broadway, Suite 2100
New York, NY 10019
gcostello@spivaklipton.com.

No telephone inquiries.

SAG-AFTRA
1900 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10023

Job Description:

SAG-AFTRA is the largest performers union in the world, representing over 160,000 members who work in the film, television, commercial, new media, broadcast, and sound recording industries. The SAG-AFTRA Legal Department offers an internship program for interested law students.

Interns are involved in all aspects of the work done by the Legal Department, including, but not limited to: Arbitration and litigation of contractual disputes with studios, producers, and distributors in the theatrical and television industries and with advertising agencies in the commercial industry; interpretation and enforcement of collective bargaining agreements; research and drafting related to labor law, entertainment law, intellectual property law, contract law and employment law; special projects as assigned by Deputy General Counsel and staff attorneys.

SAG-AFTRA prefers candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to labor and employment law, litigation, and entertainment law. A dedication to protecting workers and advancing unions is a plus.

Also, please note that the summer positions are full time and we have budgeted them for 35 hours a week for 12 weeks.  The pay rate is $15/hour.

Application materials:

-Resume
-Cover Letter
-Transcript
-Writing Sample

Apply to: Justin Touretz at justin.touretz@sagaftra.org

OHIO

IUE-CWA, the Industrial Division of the Communications Workers of America
2701 Dryden Road
Dayton, OH  45439
www.iue-cwa.org

The IUE-CWA is a labor union, representing workers in a variety of industries, mostly in manufacturing.  The Division represents workers at several major employers, including General Electric and Northrup Grumman.

The IUE-CWA is excited to bring in a law clerk, because we are committed to developing new attorneys in our field and because it would greatly expand our capacity to service our members.  We are structured in a way that empowers our front line staff reps to handle shop floor issues like grievances, arbitration and negotiations, but the staff depends on the Legal Department to support their work with legal research, drafting assistance, strategy and bargaining support.  There are currently only two attorneys on the IUE-CWA staff, so the law clerk can expect to work closely with both attorneys and staff reps and be asked to answer the real‑time questions from our members and staff all over the country that come in daily.  Because we are a small department, the work is incredibly varied.  On any given day, the law clerk might be asked to help file a charge at the NLRB, interview a worker about a possible grievance, attend a rally against “Right to Work for Less” legislation or write a memo about an emerging legal issue.

The IUE-CWA Legal Department performs a wide variety of legal work, including research and writing of legal memoranda and assisting with grievances and arbitrations, as well as matters pending before administrative agencies, including NLRB proceedings, state and federal litigation and internal union matters.  Areas of labor and employment law likely to be part of the legal work performed by IUE‑CWA law clerks include the NLRA, ADA, FMLA, WARN Act, Title VII and other civil rights statutes, OSHA, and ERISA, as well as issues involving bankruptcy, contract enforcement and various state laws affecting the rights of workers.

A law clerk with IUE-CWA can expect to attend local and statewide events with our members and partner unions.  We are active in the We Are Ohio coalition, fighting against Right to Work legislation in the state.  We are also actively involved in community‑based coalitions addressing issues that impact our members, ranging from supporting comprehensive immigration reform to fighting for fair educational funding in our state.  In addition, the supervising attorney has a particular interest in seeking opportunities for new labor lawyer networking and skill building.

The hourly rate for this law clerk will be $18, for 35 hours a week.

For more information on IUE-CWA, visit www.iue-cwa.org.

Send cover letter and resume to:
Kenneth Page at kpage@cwa-union.org 

TEXAS

Deats, Durst & Owen, PLLC
1204 San Antonio St # 203
Austin, TX 78701
http://www.ddollaw.com/

Deats, Durst & Owen, PLLC, in Austin, Texas plans to hire 1-2 law clerks for summer 2017. 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, healthcare, 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 $25 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, resume, unofficial transcript and writing sample to:

Elizabeth Marks
emarks@ddollaw.com

VIRGINIA

United Mine Workers of America
18354 Quantico Gateway Drive
Triangle, VA 22172
703/291-2448 (Fax)

The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) seeks a full-time summer law clerk. We are an international labor union that primarily represents coal miners in the U.S. and Canada, but our membership is growing in the manufacturing, health care, and public service sectors. The UMWA Headquarters’ Legal Department consists of four attorneys and at least one law clerk, with an additional attorney in the field. Our work regularly includes worker organizing; supporting collective bargaining negotiations; enforcing collective bargaining agreements through arbitration and litigation; health and safety matters; protecting our members in the event of worksite closings; litigating within administrative frameworks, state courts, and federal courts to protect workplace rights and benefits; and advising UMWA leaders regarding internal union affairs.

Clerks gain substantial legal research and writing experience, and have the opportunity to take on significant responsibility. For example, one recent clerk wrote half of a brief filed with the National Labor Relations Board, another prepared the memo in support of summary judgment for a case in a federal district court, and another prepared most of a circuit court brief. At the same time, clerks work closely with each of the experienced attorneys in the legal department, who offer guidance and supervision as well as the chance for clerks to learn about different areas of law and to experience diverse lawyering styles. In addition to more traditional legal work, clerks often have unconventional experiences, such as attending a meeting of the UMWA’s International Executive Board, observing collective bargaining negotiations or depositions, helping to facilitate rallies, assisting in Congressional hearings, and meeting with UMWA leaders. Like staff lawyers, our law clerks have been very satisfied with their work experiences at the UMWA, and the Union is committed to continuing this tradition. We have offered a salary of $15 per hour in the past, but this amount is subject to change. We prefer, but do not require, applicants to have completed a labor law course. Both first- and second-year students are invited to apply, via e-mail only, beginning on December 1, 2016. Required application materials include a cover letter, resume, and two legal writing samples.

Contact:
Laura Karr
Staff Attorney
United Mine Workers of America
18354 Quantico Gateway Drive, Suite 200
Triangle, VA 22172
lkarr@umwa.org