The FAIR Fellowship
Promoting Diversity. Advancing Employee Justice.
FAIR is accepting applications for its ninth annual FAIR Fellowship which will enable a new attorney to work full-time for nine months at (1) Legal Aid at Work and (2) six months at 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 nine months the fellow is working at Legal Aid at Work. The applicant will then be matched with a CELA affiliated firm for the last six months 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 2022), 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.
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The deadline for submitting ALL application materials is Friday, October 22, 2021.
Any materials not received by Friday, October 22, 2021 will be disregarded. Award decision will be made by November 19, 2021.
December 2020 -- FAIR selects Erik Jimenez Rodriguez as the 2021-2022 FAIR Fellowship recipient.
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 2021 recipient of the John D. Weiss Employee Justice Summer Clerkship Award is Salina Isaq, who will work at Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams, LLP. Salina was selected based on many factors, and has gone through much to get to and through law school. She is a social justice warrior dedicated to employees.
In August and September 2020, 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 2021.* 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.
Alex Allam (Hastings), hired by Legal Aid at Work, San Francisco
Tim Bott (Berkeley) Law, hired by JML Law, Woodland Hills
Kristen Doyan (UCLA Law), hired by Justice Law Corporation, Pasadena
Petra Fakhouri (Hastings), hired by Justice Law Corporation, Pasadena
Lilith Gamer (Berkeley Law), hired by Bryan Schwartz Law, Oakland
Ailyn Gonzalez (UCLA Law), hired by Matern Law Group, Manhattan Beach
Kiana Herold (Berkeley Law), hired by Goldstein Borgen Dardarian & Ho, Oakland
Emma Hyndman (Hastings), hired by Leonard Carder LLP, Oakland
Salina Isaq (Hastings), hired by Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, Oakland
Chelsea Leopardi (Hastings), hired by Justice Law Corporation, Pasadena
Janani Natarayan (Loyola), hired by Legal Aid at Work, San Francisco
Lila Reiner (UCLA Law), hired by Allred, Maroko & Goldberg, Los Angeles
Jessica Spierer (Berkeley Law), hired by Outten & Golden, San Francisco
*A fellowship applicant does not have to go through the CELA OCI process to be eligible to apply for the fellowship. An application does not guarantee a fellowship award.
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