In August and September 2019, volunteer members of CELA's Diversity Outreach Committee and other CELA members conducted 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 are seeking to hire qualified summer law clerks and have agreed to pay their summer clerks at least $8,000 for a total of 10 weeks over the summer 2020. 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 are 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 up to $4,000 in fellowship funding for the summer to supplement the salary they receive from the member-firm.
Mindy Acevedo (UCLA Law), hired by Toni Jaramilla, APLC, Los Angeles
Brenda Armenta (Chapman University, Fowler School of Law), hired by Workplace Justice Advocates, Irvine
Elizabeth Rosie Brown (UCLA Law), hired by Alexander, Krakow & Glick, Los Angeles
Jessica R. Bulaon (Southwestern Law School), hired by JML Law, Woodland Hills
Stephanie Gonzalez (Northeastern University School of Law), hired by Leonard Carder, LLP, Oakland
Charlotte Kamai (Berkeley Law), hired by
Outten & Golden, San Francisco
Natalie Khoury (Loyola Law School), hired by Alexander, Krakow & Glick, Los Angeles
Molly Lao (Berkeley Law), hired by Legal Aid at Work, San Francisco
Ted Lee (Berkeley Law), hired by Allred,
Maroko & Goldberg, Los Angeles
Eliza Meredith (Berkeley Law), hired by Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho, Oakland
Jasjit Mundh (Berkeley Law), hired by Bryan Schwartz Law, Oakland
Erik Jimenez Rodriguez (UC Irvine School of Law), hired by Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai, Pasadena
Kerry Sakimoto (UCLA Law), hired by Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai, Pasadena
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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 2020 recipient of the John D. Weiss Employee Justice Summer Clerkship Award is Molly Lao, who will work at Legal Aid at Work. Ms. Lao was selected based on many factors, including her unique perspective and powerful voice, strong commitment to workers’ rights, perseverance, and the ability to succeed despite growing up with financial hardship and challenges.
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.
Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the 2021-2022 fellowship.