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.

The 2020-2021 application period opens in August 2019. 

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2019 Employee Justice
Summer Clerkship

In August and September 2018, 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 13 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 2019 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:

Leticia Chavez (Golden Gate University School of Law), hired by Leonard | Carder, Oakland.

Cassidy Clark (Berkeley Law), hired by Levy, Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, Oakland.

Jane Farrell (UCLA Law), hired by Outten & Golden, San Francisco.

Olivia Flechsig (Stanford Law), hired by Allred, Maroko & Goldberg, Los Angeles.

Juan Flores (USF School of Law), hired by Nichols Kaster, San Francisco).

Anika Holland (Berkeley Law), hired by
Outten & Golden, San Francisco.

M.C. Linthicum (Berkeley Law), hired by Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho, Oakland.

Kaelyn Mahar (Berkeley Law), hired by Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho, Oakland.

Andrea Nuñez (Berkeley Law), hired by Bryan Schwartz Law, Oakland.

Jared Osborne (USC Gould School of Law), hired by Hennig, Ruiz & Singh, Los Angeles.

Chris Riley (Berkeley Law), hired by Alexander, Krakow & Glick, Los Angeles.

Blanca Trenado (UCLA Law), hired by Hadsell, Stormer & Renick, Pasadena.

Engram Wilkinson (UC Hastings College of the Law), hired by Leonard | Carder, Oakland.

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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 2019 winner of the John D. Weiss Employee Justice Summer Clerkship Award is Blanca Trenado, who will work at Hadsell, Stormer & Renick. Ms. Trenado was selected based on her dedication to helping the immigrant worker community through activism with Labor unions.