John D. Weiss Employee Justice Summer Clerkship Award

The John D. Weiss Employee Justice Summer Clerkship Award is given to the top law student chosen from the yearly Employee Justice Summer Clerkship program, who exemplifies the attributes that John D. Weiss demonstrated during his life: a person with a generous heart who gives without expecting recognition, although so deserving; a person who demonstrates a fierce passion for achieving justice for workers; and, a person with an inspiring ability to overcome adversity. The Weiss Fellow will also be recognized with an additional stipend from FAIR. The namesake of this honor, John D. Weiss, was instrumental in helping CELA leaders to establish FAIR and generously supported the organization until his untimely passing in 2013.

The 2018 winner of the John D. Weiss Employee Justice Summer Clerkship Award is Nelly Chavez, who will work at Leonard | Carder. Ms. Chavez was selected based on her dedication to creating positive social change through unrelenting and compassionate advocacy for the rights of workers



2018 Employee Justice
Summer Clerkship

In August and September 2017, volunteer members of CELA's Diversity Outreach Committee and other CELA members held on- campus interviews at participating law schools to interview law students interested in the  Employee Justice Summer Clerkship. During the interviews, the interviewers provided personalized information regarding CELA members and member-firms who were seeking to hire qualified summer law clerks and had agreed to pay their summer clerks at least $8,000 for a total of ten weeks over the summer. From the initial interviews, Diversity Outreach Committee members and designated CELA interviewers compiled their comments and impressions of all the candidates for CELA members. Also included in each student profile were the student’s resume and transcript and a short statement of interest from the candidate. After participating firms reviewed the applications and selected summer law clerks, a subcommittee designated by FAIR, in coordination with the CELA Diversity Outreach Committee, selected 15 Employee Justice Summer Clerks, who will receive $4,000 in fellowship funding for the summer to supplement the salary they receive from the member-firm.

The 2018 Employee Justice Summer Clerkship has successfully matched student applicants with firms. CELA would like to congratulate the recipients and the firms that have hired these well deserving law students:

Sandra Beltran (USF School of Law), hired by Mallison & Martinez, Oakland

Angela Breining (UC Davis School of Law), hired by Leonard | Carder, Oakland

Sairah Budhwani (UCLA School of Law), hired by Hadsell Stormer & Renick, Pasadena

Nelly Chavez (UC Davis School of Law), hired by Leonard | Carder, Oakland

Pablo Colmenares (UC Davis School of Law), hired by Bohm Law Group, Sacramento

Paris DeYoung (Berkeley Law), hired by Outten & Golden, San Francisco

Reynaldo Fuentes (Berkeley Law), hired by Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho, Oakland

Nour Hamida (Loyola Law School), hired by Alexander Krakow & Glick, Santa Monica

Katrina Landeta (UCLA School of Law), hired by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles

Cristina Mathews (Berkeley Law), hired by
California Rural Legal Assistance

Julia Neusner (Stanford Law School), hired by Outten & Golden, San Francisco

Alisha Patton (UC Hastings College of the Law), hired by Legal Aid at Work, San Francisco

Joaquin Recinos-Walsh, (UC Davis School of Law), hired by McCracken, Stemerman & Holsberry

Anna Robert (UC Hastings College of the Law), hired by Nichols Kaster, San Francisco

Mengfei Sun (Berkeley Law), hired by Goldstein,
Borgen, Dardarian & Ho), Oakland


FAIR © 2018

The FAIR Fellowship 

Promoting Diversity. Advancing Employee Justice.

The FAIR Fellowship is a unique fellowship that enables a new attorney to work full-time for two consecutive six-month terms at (1) Legal Aid at Work and (2) a law firm affiliated with the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), an organization of more than 1200 workers’ rights advocates throughout California. FAIR funds a Fellow with salary and benefits during the first six months the fellow is working at Legal Aid at Work. The applicant will then be matched with a CELA affiliated firm for the second six month term and be paid a salary and benefits by that entity.

FAIR is accepting applications for its sixth annual FAIR Fellowship which will enable a new attorney to work full-time for two consecutive six-month terms at (1) Legal Aid at Work and (2) a law practice affiliated with the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), an organization of more than 1200 workers’ rights advocates throughout California.  FAIR will fund a Fellow with salary and benefits during the first six months the fellow is working at Legal Aid at Work. The applicant will then be matched with a CELA affiliated firm for the second six month term and be paid a salary and benefits by that entity.

Applicants must have superior academic qualifications, be members of the California Bar (or anticipating becoming members by fall 2019), be committed to a career in social justice, and have 0-3 years of legal experience. Preference will be given to applicants with diverse backgrounds, demonstrated interest in employment law, clinical and/or pro bono and social justice interests, and plans to practice in California. Foreign language abilities and judicial clerkships/externships are also valued.


Application Deadline EXTENDED: Monday, January 7, 2019.


Click here for further information and application instructions.














Fellowships