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2019 Summer Legal Fellowships

The Center for WorkLife Law, housed at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, is hiring two summer law fellows, the Rebecca Pontikes Law Fellow and the Sarah Spriesch Law Fellow.

The Center is a nonprofit advocacy and research organization that seeks to advance gender and racial equality in the workplace and in education. The Center has been a pioneer in the field of Family Responsibilities Discrimination (FRD), a form of employment discrimination against workers based on their family caregiving responsibilities. The 2019 summer legal fellowship with WorkLife Law is particularly well-suited for students with an interest in employment law, workers’ rights, and/or gender equity.

Our current initiatives include legal and policy advocacy to promote the rights of pregnant and breastfeeding employees; the Pregnant Scholar resource center on pregnancy and parenting in higher education; research on how gender bias differs by race and class; social science research on interrupting bias in the legal profession, STEM, and other industries; and programs and best practices for advancing women leaders.

Summer fellows are involved in all aspects of the Center’s work, including participating in strategy sessions, researching law and policy, and contributing to articles and reports.  Fellows typically produce a significant piece of written work over the course of the summer under the guidance of the Center’s attorneys, usually in the form of a legal research memo.  Fellows also attend the Center’s special events, including a three-day leadership skills training for women in law. WorkLife Law staff is dedicated to providing professional mentorship to summer interns, including by conducting a mock legal job interview and hosting professional development events.

Summer interns receive a $5,000 stipend for ten weeks of full-time work.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and (unofficial or official) law school transcript to Jessica Lee at leejessica@uchastings.edu. The Center will begin reviewing applications by January 18, and the deadline for submission is February 1, 2019.

The summer fellowships are named after two champions of workplace fairness; Rebecca Pontikes, a litigator and leader in the field of Family Responsibilities Discrimination Law, and Sarah Spriesch, a paramedic who fought to end pregnancy and breastfeeding discrimination in the Chicago Fire Department.

The Center for WorkLife Law is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.   

 

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities please email thecenter@worklifelaw.org to inquire. Be sure to include a copy of your resume.

 

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